“Don't feel you've got to hide” —from “ Stay Hungry ” by Twisted Sister I grew up fearing metalheads. Metalheads can be defined broadly as anyone who is either a fan or performer of heavy metal music. I would see metalheads at school and think that they looked … different. They had piercings, carried chains, wore black clothing, and had tattoos. And they wore t-shirts with names that felt intentionally threatening to me like “Black Sabbath,” “Iron Maiden,” and “Judas Priest.” I assumed they were unstable and violent. Source: Yasmeen Anderson, used with permission I had metalhead friends (yes, “some of my best friends” were metalheads). They’d play the music and encourage me to listen. I tried but it was too loud, too intense. All the screaming, the supernatural imagery – vampires, monsters, satanic symbols — it was ghoulish and grotesque to me. And I wanted nothing to do with it. My dismissive attitude was perhaps best summarized in a scene in The Breakfast … [Read more...] about How Heavy Metal Helped Me Break the Chains
“There is not one truth cast into stone, Only lies cast into flames” From “ Not One Truth ” by Hatebreed Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s I noticed that Led Zeppelin’s “ Stairway to Heaven ” was played at almost every school dance and Bar Mitzvah, whereas AC/DC’s “ Highway to Hell ” was hardly ever played. This was a curious contrast as both Led Zeppelin and AC/DC had established themselves as immortal rock legends and these were two of their respective anthems. And from what I could tell, most kids sang, “I’m on the Highway to Hell” with the same enthusiasm that they sang, “And she’s buying a Stairway to Heaven.” Source: Andreas Klodt, used with permission Why? Well one possibility is that “Stairway To Heaven” is an epic slow song ideal for closing out a party, and “Highway to Hell” may have been supplanted by AC/DC’s perhaps more danceable hit “Shook Me All Night Long.” But I suspect it was something more. Putting aside the legend of Zeppelin’s dabbling in … [Read more...] about What if Your Stairway to Heaven Is My Highway to Hell?