Will Trump’s Presidency Usher in a New Wave of Heavy Metal?

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

I read a post on a blog, which my buddy 1537 reminded me of in his post last night, that the Presidency of the newly elected Donald Trump may usher in a new wave of heavy metal. With his ultra conservative politics, there will be a lot of angry musicians out there who will be inspired to write a lot of songs about Trump and the political/social climate that might generate from it. From that, a resurgence in heavy metal might just come about. Plus history can back it up.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

Let’s begin by going back to the 198os when the US President was another ultra conservative, Ronald Reagan. During the decade, for which he was in office for most of, there was a heavy metal explosion. First there was the new wave of British heavy metal, (NWOBHM), which filled the early part of that decade. Inspired by that, many American metal bands emerged, I don’t feel I have to name them all. Towards the end of Ronnie’s presidency, we had the onslaught of thrash, a custom blend of punk and heavy metal. Even the PMRC, who operated with Reagan’s behind the scenes positive nod, failed to stop the heavy metal onslaught. It could also be why the 80s was the golden age of heavy metal. It also gave me good amount of inspiration when I wrote “Rock and Roll Children.”

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Reagan’s successor, George HW Bush was a liberal Republican and that coincided with a downward trend in heavy metal. That continued well into the presidency of the more liberal Bill Clinton. We had the grunge period and a lot of great 80s metal acts kind of drifted into near obscurity during the 1990s. I say near but not total, I do remember some great metal from old and new acts but metal was definitely stuck in a rut during this decade. In fact, I heard former Dead Kennedys lead singer Jello Biafra once say that many members of hardcore punk bands in the 80s, in the 90s, went back to California, got computer jobs and started driving BMW’s. Maybe, there wasn’t anything to be angry about during Clinton’s presidency.

George W Bush

George W Bush

That all changed with the election of George W Bush in 2000. A new wave of ultra conservative politics brought on a new wave of heavy metal. The fragmented factions of metal, whether it by nu metal, Viking metal, black metal etc, established themselves back on the world music stage. They seemed to put aside their differences and come together for the common metal good. Furthermore, gaining inspiration from their 1980s elders, many of the bands from the golden decade also made a comeback. Again, we see right wing politics ushering in a new surge in heavy metal.

Barrack Obama

Barrack Obama

Obama’s presidency did bring the heavy metal surge to a more calming trickle. Fortunately, the lessons of the 1990s were learned and heavy metal didn’t go underground. While no new ground has been gained during the more liberal years of Obama, none has been lost either. What may have happened is that metal had become insular with metalheads finding sanctuary with each other. Metal now rests upon a springboard, ready to jump into any direction. If the person, I voted for, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, had been elected, metal would have gone in a more artsy direction. Not much chance of that happening.

Now we have Trump, who many believe to be extremely right wing, racist, sexist and a few other ists as well. So the question to be asked is “Will Trump’s presidency lead to a new resurgence in heavy metal? The answer will soon be made known to us. Things are promising to heat up in the heavy metal world and I am very excited to see what will become of it.

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14 Responses to “Will Trump’s Presidency Usher in a New Wave of Heavy Metal?”

  1. I honestly don’t know. I think music may get angrier and topical again. But maybe we need a folk music revival ala the 60s. A new group of intelligent poets protesting the injustice we are already starting to see. I’d like a new Lennon.

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    • That would be good as well. A total worldwide resurgence in the arts could be possible. We just might need a new Lennon.

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      • The one thing I am most worried about (besides “alternative facts”, WTF?) is the environment. It’s looking very bleak, with the executive orders being signed.

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      • Yes, Trump has already reopened the Dakota pipeline and is threatening to take the US out of environmental treaties it signed. It is very worrying.

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      • Last week a few Americans (not here on good ol’ WordPress) said to me, “Canadians should stay out of commenting on our business.” But the environment is the world’s business. It shatters my brain to think that Trump’s people do not understand that,

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      • It shatters mine too. I get people (not on WordPress either) who have a go at me for ‘chiming in from the UK.’ I have to remind them that I am American born and bread. I also point out that because I live in the UK, I can see for sure that when America sneezes, the rest of the world catches cold.

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  2. Interesting thoughts here. I have to say, though, that Obama made ME angrier than any president before. I should have started a metal band to get some of the anger out! haha!

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  3. It’ll either be another NWOHM, or the punks will come back. Either way, things are gonna explode.

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  4. So guess what Scott Ian said? That this era WILL usher in a new era of heavy angry metal.

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