Archive for Intolerance

Confess Are Facing Execution

Posted in Death, Heavy Metal, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2016 by 80smetalman

An update on the Confess situation. It seems that there is a stronger possibility they are facing execution under Iran’s blasphemy laws. FFI: Click the link.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3454413/Iranian-heavy-metal-band-face-execution-charged-blasphemy-writing-satanic-music-speaking-foreign-radio-stations.html

That’s why it’s even more important the petition to have them released is signed. For those who have it, I am again putting the link in.

https://www.change.org/p/president-of-iran-hassan-rouhani-free-iranian-metal-band-confess-from-jail

Please sign so we can free them.

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Call to Metalheads to Support Our Brothers in Iran

Posted in Death, Heavy Metal, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 11, 2016 by 80smetalman

I have just read something online which is very disturbing. The Iranian heavy metal band has been arrested in their country for playing heavy metal music. If convicted they could face up to six years in prison or even death if found guilty of violating blasphemy laws. FFI- click the link below:

Iranian Musicians Jailed, Facing Possible Execution For Playing Metal

Confess

Confess

Now both on this blog and in “Rock And Roll Children,” I have been critical of and made jokes about the Jesus freaks who condemn heavy metal and will continue to do so. Just wait til I get to 1986, I’ll be having a field day. However, in the West, metalheads have never been faced with arrest or execution for simply playing or listening to the music we enjoy so much. What we are witnessing here is complete intolerance by an impressive regime, forbidding their people to broaden their horizons or experience new things. Heavy metal give plenty of opportunity for both. Therefore, I urge everyone to start petitions, contact Amnesty International or do anything else to support Confess and prevent them from going to jail for merely playing the music they love so much. In the meantime, we can support them by buying their records or listening to them on Youtube.

Thank you

 

 

 

Norweigan Tragedy, A Metalhead’s Take

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2011 by 80smetalman

Several weeks have passed since the tragedy that happened in Norway and I am still trying to get my head around as to why it happened. We now know that Anders Behring Breivik who carried out the atrocity was on the far right of the political spectrum and felt that he was saving his country from a takeover by Islam. Since the 1980s, there has been a more of a polarisation of political thought in Europe with more people going to the extreme right or left. However, for me this doesn’t wholly explain why it happened in the first place.

The main reason I am still struggling with this is because I went to Norway in 1980, not as a tourist, but as a member of the US Marine Corps, where I took part in a large NATO operation. I spent eight days walking the Norweigan countryside and getting rained on. September is the rainy season in Norway and it rained six days out of the eight I was there. But that’s not important, what is important is how extremely friendly the Norweigan people were. On the first night, we captured some Norweigan home guard as part of the war games and they in turn offered us all cigarettes and whisky. I don’t smoke, but did enjoy the latter. This was the case, the rest of the time. We would be in a position and the locals would come out and give us sweets, coffee and even beer. On the last day, as we marched back to the ship, we went past an all girls school and they came out and cheered us as we passed. This is my problem, I can’t understand how such a thing happened in a country where the people are so friendly.

Now you are probably asking yourself, what has this got to do with heavy metal? The answer is quite simple, there is a lot of metal in Norway. The first band that comes to mind is TNT who have been going since the 1980s and it was listening to their album “Realised Fantasies” that gave me the inspiration for this post. TNT have put out 12 studio and two live albums, but it was their first two “Kights of New Thunder” and “Tell No Tales” that are the most memorable for me. That is why I mention them quite a bit in Rock And Roll Children and give an account of the concert I saw at the Marquee in London.

Last year at the Bloodstock Festival, I had the opportunity to see another impressive band from Norway, Leaves Eyes. Of all the acts that were unknown to me before that weekend, Leaves Eyes is the one that impressed me the most. It was the way the operatic, melodic voice of lead singer, Liv Kristine and the more raw vocals of Alex Krull came together with the rest of the band. I suggest you check them out, you won’t be disappointed.

Of course, there are other metal bands in Norway like Angel, Bankok Babes, Wild Side and Hush to name a few. So, if you are trying to make sense of the tragedy, which befell Norway, then listen to a Norweigan metal band, I’m sure it will help you see things in a new light.

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Other Great Metal Influence, Part 1 KISS

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2011 by 80smetalman

I could spend months naming the great acts from the 70s who influenced metal in the 80s, although I won’t, however, if I could name one act which had been one of the biggest, it would be KISS. Formed in 1973, KISS were one of the early glam rock acts along with Alice Cooper, David Bowie, and the Sweet. However, KISS sold more records than these three acts combined. While the other glam acts wore makeup, KISS took it to another level and it has stood as a standard for more than 30 years.

Paul Stanley-guitar

Gene Simmons- bass

Ace Frehley- guitar

Peter Criss- drums

Throughout the 1970s, KISS would sell millions of records and recruit millions more fans into the KISS Army. Hard rock albums like “Destroyer,” “Alive I and II,” “Love Gun” and “Hotter Than Hell” were all considered greats of the decade. These albums produced such great songs like “Love Gun,” “Rock And Roll All Night,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Cold Gin” and of course “Beth” which, like “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison in the 1990s, was the song many teenage rockers like me played to their girlfriends in the hope it would get them laid. But, it wasn’t just studio albums which set KISS at the top of the hill. KISS revolutionized concerts as we know it, being the first to use on stage pyrotechnics. I remember KISS concerts always selling out in record time.

As popular as the were in the 70s, KISS  were also the subject of much contraversy. Like Black Sabbath, KISS were also accused by the religious right in America of being Satan worshippers. This was made worse when some preacher claimed that the band’s name was an anogram for Knights In Satan’s Service. While there was never any evidence to support this supposition, it became something that would always continue to be a thorn in the side of KISS.

In an interview in 1980, Gene Simmons stated that KISS were a band where all four members covered for one another and that they were all superstars and not one member stood out from the rest. This began to change in the 1980s with the departure of Peter Criss and Ace Frehley and KISS went from a band of equals to, as quoted by a former member (I believe it was Vinnie Vincent), to Paul and Gene’s band.

In 1983, KISS  came out of make up and some say that their music suffered as a result. I don’t think this is the case and I will look at the KISS albums of the 80s in future postings. It is why KISS gets a lot of mention in “Rock And Roll Children.” But if you were to ask the metal bands of the 80s who was their biggest influence, many would say KISS, whether it be the hard rocking sound, stage shows or make up.

Nex post: Alice Cooper

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Heavy Metal not to Blame

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , on January 18, 2011 by 80smetalman

Once again, Rush Limbaugh and his cronies are trying to blame heavy metal music on the shootings in Arizona. This at least allows them to believe, in their own little twisted worlds, that any other cause is not possible. Maybe what caused Loughner to commit such an atrocity will never fully be known. He did have metal health problems which, from what I read, went ignored. Especially it seems that in the US, whenever public budgets are slashed, mental healthcare is usually a target.  But I guess it is easier to blame music, politics or even the gun culture. I’m not pro or anti gun. I do believe, however, that Loughner never should have been allowed to have one.