Talk:Heavy metal music

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I find the statement on Christianity to be rather inaccurate. While I understand this is a conservative encyclopedia, that is no excuse for fallacies. Many metalheads and musicians are openly Christian, such as Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, Jack Owen, and Tom Araya of Slayer. I believe a more accurate statement would be that Anti-Christian sentiments are quite prevalent in extreme metal music. There is also a strong Christian Metal Subgenre, see bands such as As I Lay Dying, Believer, and Stryper. I shall change the statements to be more accurate and less condemning. Mustaine12390 16:25, 20 March 2007 (EDT)

I wouldn't even say that Anti-Christian sentiments are quite prevalent at all. I listen to metal music, and sure some of it is about death and killing and things like that, but I wouldn't say it's Anti-Christian. Some metal music includes themes that are similar to many popular songs of other genres, just in a different form. --ALFa 16:33, 20 March 2007 (EDT)

That's primarily what I hoped to get across, I suppose the term "present" is more accurate. I consider the music to show, when it discusses Satan, a Christian perception of the being. What I meant to say was that the only genre, to my knowledge, that contains overtly anti-Christian themes would be death metal or black metal, and even there it is somewhat rare. I think many mainstream Christians misconstrue the disrespect for organized religion (i.e, a church, pastors, or priests.) for being Anti-Christian. They are not one in the same, as to not believe in church is not the same as not believing in god. I'll change it to be more accurate.Mustaine12390 18:07, 20 March 2007 (EDT)

As a metal fan (who's wearing a Dream Theater shirt right now), I think that the Satan reference was ridiculous. I took it right out. MountainDew 18:08, 20 March 2007 (EDT)

Agreed, i thought of it as inappropriate as well, but since it referenced it as the opinions of conservatives, I left it. Dream Theater! Another openly Christian metal band (though not in the Christian metal genre). I have a few more changes to make on the article, you left a slight typo! I forgive you! Mustaine12390 18:13, 20 March 2007 (EDT)

Actually, creating this article in the way I did was almost a joke; this is indeed a conservative encyclopedia -- so I used those particular statements to be, in a way, on the extreme of what some people might think. Don't take it the wrong way. Plus, the username I chose might have tipped people off: I really don't know much in the way of creating encyclopedia articles, so I left things vague and unopinionated (my opinions, anyway). I am actually a metal fan who laughed at the article, not believing in what I was typing. Then again, some of the more extreme Black metal bands do reference Satan in non-metaphorical terms. But most of those bands are without actual substance and therefore suck. N00b 09:01, 21 March 2007 (EDT)

Yes, and I know only two people that worship the devil, as a god, in metal music of any form: Glen Benton, and Oystein Aarseth (Aka Euronymous), both extremists not to be considered the standard of a heavy-metaller.Mustaine12390 17:39, 21 March 2007 (EDT)

It's hard to prove that anyone is actually "worshiping Satan". Let's not fall into that trap. --Ed Poor Talk 18:30, 29 December 2007 (EST)


Is that parody..? Linking to a cliched, comedic-parody of a heavy metal band in order to illustrate the article? File:User Fox.png Fox (talk|contribs) 19:34, 29 December 2007 (EST)

I was just about to say the same thing. Spinal tap was a fictionalized parody of a metal band. (And a darn good band, if I do say so myself, and I do). HelpJazz 19:37, 29 December 2007 (EST)
The movie Spinal Tap was a comedy; I'd like to write about its director, who made a few similar movies like A Mighty Wind (satirizing folk music performers). --Ed Poor Talk 20:28, 29 December 2007 (EST)
Rob Reiner directed "This Is Spinal Tap", but it was Christopher Guest who directed "A Mighty Wind". Guest wrote/co-wrote both of them though. File:User Fox.png Fox (talk|contribs) 20:34, 29 December 2007 (EST)
You are devilishly clever, my friend! ;-) --Ed Poor Talk 20:48, 31 December 2007 (EST)
Guest is quite an interesting subject for a bio, even without touching on his works - Jewish American British nobleman... Quite a mix. 10px Fox (talk|contribs) 20:50, 31 December 2007 (EST)

Spirituality and etiquette

Let's tread carefully while describing the delicate issue of spirituality of metal bands. Some have exploited satanic imagery, to be sure, but their proportion might be less than 99%.

Mass reverts aren't good form. Just change one section at a time, please. --Ed Poor Talk 13:23, 31 December 2007 (EST)

As someone who is fairly knowledgable about heavy metal, I actually agree with Walker in that I've never heard the term Satan's Fire Metal. DanH 13:27, 31 December 2007 (EST)

State of the Article

In it's current condition this article is a joke to anyone who knows anything about metal. 99.9 percent of bands that have pyrotechnics are not trying to recreate hell. Also "the horns" are more often just a sign for metal and unity amongst metalheads and are not done to look like satan or praise satan. It isn't even limited to metal you will see it at even country and boy band shows or how about a Texas Longhorns football game? The song meanings are ridiculous, Go To Hell is about someone that is damned to hell, it is not promoting satanism. It was written for the Bill and Teds Bogus Journey movie where the charecters go to hell. Take no prisioners is about military warfare. The song references Normandy and Panzers so it was probably inspired by D-Day, it is not promoting violence anymore than Saving Private Ryan. Suicide Sollution is about how abusing drugs and alcohol to solve your problems is a "suicide" sollution. Fade to Black is about losing the will to carry on, and was inspired by the bands equipment being stolen, it can be interpreted as a suicide song but even then how is it glamorized? Also why was the referenced content about Christians in non Christian bands removed? All the unreferenced stuff on this page should be removed before that was.--Walker 13:51, 31 December 2007 (EST)

The idea of "Christian" metal strikes me as utterly proposterous. Just like the idea of African Klu Klux Klan members or Jewish Nazis is utterly proposterous. Quit trying to make Heavy Metal music into something that it is not. You've made various attempts to censor the material here or downplay Metal's dangerous nature, but it's not going to work. Maybe you'd feel more at home at Wikipedia. Your attempts to disassociate Metal with Satanism are pathetic. That's like saying you're a Ku Klux Klan member but you're not into the whole discrimination thing.. -- Jose83
Jose calm down. Metal is a style of music, not a way of thinking. There is absolutely no contridiction with someone using a certain style of music to promote any message -- good or bad. You should check out some Christian metal. A youth Christian musical concert (Ichthus) often features metal bands -- one of their tents is dedicated entirely towards "heavier" music. I also personally know the manager of a Christian metal band. He is old friends with my youth pastor at church and I've done some work with him. He is an intense Christian and his music is... well, rather intense. So please take a chill pill and open your mind to other possibilities.
Think about it this way: even if metal were "satanist--dominated" (which I don't think it is), wouldn't that therefore be the best place for a Christian band? Jesus hanged out with prostitutes and beggars, remember. HelpJazz 15:17, 31 December 2007 (EST)
There's even Christian rap, which uses the rapid-fire half-spoken style of hip hop to convey the pro-woman, anti-violence message of Jesus and salvation. My favorite "heavenly metal" group is The Ancestors. And there's always Stryper ("by his stripes we were healed"). --Ed Poor Talk 15:26, 31 December 2007 (EST)

First of all, I do not agree with what any of you have posted. However, perhaps I shall listen to some of this "Christian" metal and "Christian" rap. There might be a small chance that I am wrong. I was wrong about Spinal tap. -- Jose83

This music.. [[1]] It's disgusting. I'm going to have to disagree with all those who support "Christian" metal. This just doesn't sound very Christian to me.. First of all, it's too loud and violent sounding and the screaming sounds very demonic. Even if there are pro-Christian lyrics in the songs it's impossible to tell because the screaming is incomprehensible. The choice of intervals strikes me as interesting.. Very evil sounding. Please listen and tell me what you think.. I really don't get it. -- Jose83
It obviously wasn't designed with you in mind. I don't hear anything "evil", except that you automatically associate the genre with evil, which is a circular argument. I don't hear any "evil-sounding intervals" either. Try looking up some lyrics before you base Christianity on how a group decides to play the guitar. Here's one called If I Die by Stryper. ("Living was hard /And loneliness easily justified / Oh, then I found You / Ooh, I suddenly knew / What I wanted to do was to make You satisfied / And not to die for selfish pleasure / But to live with You by my side"). It's not as heavy musically (here's a Youtube vid -- ignore the visuals though), but still considered "metal" I would think.
I did some searching, and here's the lyrics from one of the songs in the video you found [2]. Check out the description at the bottom: "True hope should only be placed in Christ, and no man. Christ will never fail you...".
This isn't your mom's Christian music! But that doesn't make it wrong. HelpJazz 19:00, 31 December 2007 (EST)
Would this qualify as metal? I could actually see myself listening to something like this. It's melodic, and the singing is clean and clear. Thanks.. This is inspiring. But I don't think it's heavy metal. -- Jose83
That's why I found the other lyrics for you. These are lyrics from that Youtube video you disagreed with. HelpJazz 19:24, 31 December 2007 (EST)
Well Jose all of what you are saying is your own personal opinion. How is it to loud? Any music can be to loud, if that is a problem turn the volume down. Different people have different tastes, just because you don't like a style of music doesn't make it "evil". Besides the bible instructs us to "Sing unto Him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise" (Psalm 33:3). God is infinitely bigger than your music tastes. Also many styles of metal have very easily comprehensable lyrics and so what if they aren't comprehensible? Does that make it wrong? If you don't like it thats fine, but it doesn't give you the right to try and demonize something just because it doesn't appeal to your personal tastes.--Walker 19:14, 31 December 2007 (EST)

I highly doubt Jesus would have "rocked out" to this garbage. -- Jose83

I think if you feel that the music is "garbage" then we should find someone with a more neutral attitude to edit it, no? I'm not saying you shouldn't edit, but I would think hard about if you are the appropriate one. HelpJazz 19:24, 31 December 2007 (EST)
How do you know God's musical tastes?--Walker 19:26, 31 December 2007 (EST)
God is absolutely Holy, therefore he wouldn't indulge in music with satanic connotation. -- Jose83
Could you be a little more specific as to what you mean by "satanic connotation".--Walker 19:39, 31 December 2007 (EST)
A lot of heavy metal is inspired by Satan and the occult. This definitely would not cater to God's taste. -- Jose83
Jesus hanged (hung? I never get that right) out with sinners, beggars and prostitutes. If this music really is as evil as you say, shouldn't Christians get in there to converted these supposed evildoers? HelpJazz 19:48, 31 December 2007 (EST)
Many books are inspired by Satan and the occult, does that mean all books are against God?--Walker 19:49, 31 December 2007 (EST)

Jesus would have discouraged the prostitutes from whoring themselves and they would have discouraged these bands from playing the music they are playing. He wouldn't encourage more Christians to become prostitutes or play heavy metal. A certain category of books are inspired by satan and the occult and all within that category are against god, just like how heavy metal is a certain genre of music which is against god. Not all music is against god. True heavy metal is. -- Jose83

Well I guess we know that these artists aren't Jesus himself then. It doesn't mean they aren't Christian, however. HelpJazz 20:23, 31 December 2007 (EST)
Jesus hung out with drunks and whores, I guess, him being so tolerant and all. But he also is famous for telling the adulterous woman to "go and sin no more".
My impression of metal is that it invokes a lot of nasty symbols: devils, long tongues, gloomy or morbid lyrics, etc. Within the genre I'm sure there are a handful of Christian groups like Stryper (which I wrote, hint hint!) who I suppose decided to "move into the neighborhood" and seek converts among metalheads. --Ed Poor Talk 21:17, 31 December 2007 (EST)


How does linking to lyrics prove the song is "promoting" satanism.--Walker 21:01, 31 December 2007 (EST)

It doesn't. --Ed Poor Talk 21:03, 31 December 2007 (EST)
Funny the Fade to Black reference actually say the opposite of what is stated in the article.--Walker 21:11, 31 December 2007 (EST)
Clearly you and Jose disagree on many aspects of this genre of music. I suggest you add everything you want, while letting him do the same. I'll check back from time to time and see if I can integrate your work and his. --Ed Poor Talk 21:12, 31 December 2007 (EST)


The article has seen plenty of edits going on, with no real improvement to its state. I can see both sides of the argument, but unless Walker and Jose83 can start to learn to work together, then we're just going to end up with a bigger pile of cowcake than when we started. The article is dire right now, and frankly the best thing is for you two to step away from it for a day and work out what you want to say in it, get together your references, then we'll take it from there. 10px Fox (talk|contribs) 21:40, 31 December 2007 (EST)

I was following Ed Poor's instruction from above. I wasn't changing his edits.--Walker 21:41, 31 December 2007 (EST)
I'm not apportioning any kind of blame. And Ed's advice is good, excepting for the fact that the article is now a scab to both of you and you can't resist picking it. Leave it until tomorrow, it will be unlocked in about 12 hours, and we can try to put together a coherent article presenting the facts as we know them, instead of a point/counterpoint list of grievances. 10px Fox (talk|contribs) 21:44, 31 December 2007 (EST)
The Dial-the-Truth-Ministry is a controversial religious group that is part of King James Only Movement. One of the main goals of the group is to denounce the evil that they believe Christian metal or rock music is. The group believes that any form of music with a beat is evil. [1] Ted Kirkpatrick, the drummer for the Christian metal band Tourniquet stated the following about the groups website, "This site is so full of inaccuracies, so devoid of sound Biblical principles, and uses such twisted logic, that some have emailed us asking if it was done as a joke."[2]
I added the above here since the article is locked so I can move it to the article when it is unlocked.--Walker 21:47, 31 December 2007 (EST)
... this article needs to be a collaboration, not a rant, from both sides. Content: I'm working on adding some history and the "technicalities" of what HM is ("neutral to the facts"), and then the more controversial aspects can be worked in by you guys. As I said it would be, it's unprotected, but that doesn't mean you should just come along and edit in tiny soundbites. Try to edit cohesively, so that the article doesn't just resemble the transcript of two guys shouting each other down :) 10px Fox (talk|contribs) 08:32, 1 January 2008 (EST)

There needs to be SOME mention of Satanism in the article. Neglecting to do so is just plain irresponsible. -- Jose83

Try concentrating on an explanation of why some people believe there are Satanic elements in heavy metal. What satanic themes do they find in it? Imagery, lyrics? Be specific and provide references.
If your work is being reverted, then create a user subpage like User:Jose83/metal. No one is allowed to edit there but you. --Ed Poor Talk 18:02, 1 January 2008 (EST)

Imagery of certain metal bands definitely attempt to make Satan appear "cool".

We need to give an honest depiction of what this music is instead of trying to make it out to be wholesome Christian music like Walker is trying to do. -- Jose83

You're preaching to the choir. Those are good links. Now do some writing. Don't worry about reverts; Fox and I can resurrect anything that gets killed. (Oops, am I getting arrogant?) --Ed Poor Talk 18:30, 1 January 2008 (EST)
Instances of individual Satanic metal bands should only be used to argue against those bands being good, not just the whole genre. Should we argue that all movies of a certain genre are bad just because a few are rated R and point out instances of nudity and profanity in those movies? It's a logical fallacy. DanH 23:00, 1 January 2008 (EST)


suicide is the only way out

Is Ozzy quoting what the lad says to rebut it? Or is he promoting suicide? Perhaps it is this kind of ambiguity that makes parents and educators worry that metal is bad for kids. It's a far cry from, "Come and play / everything's A-OK" or "I love you / You love me". --Ed Poor Talk 18:07, 1 January 2008 (EST)

Is the Scripture that follows promoting suicide? "Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him." (1 Samuel 31:4-5) "But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers." (1 Kings 19:4 ) You have to put that line back into the context of the song, which is quite plainly about alcohol abuse, about how it is nothing glamorous, just a slow suicide for the alcoholic. 10px Fox (talk|contribs) 18:25, 1 January 2008 (EST)

Jolly good. So let's point out that not all references to suicide in heavy metal music are intended to glorify it. --Ed Poor Talk 18:32, 1 January 2008 (EST)

Fact is you probaably can't find one example of a band glorifying suicide. Why would any band glorify suicide? If they are in the buisness of selling albums and filling the seats at concerts why would they want their fans to kill themselves? --Walker 15:30, 18 January 2008 (EST)
The closest I can come to a band glorifying suicide would be Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult. Boomcoach 15:52, 28 January 2008 (EST)


Christian metal is not evil

It is preposterous to say that all Christian metal is evil. Every claim is based upon specific instances of evil in secular metal, and thus not a valid comparison. This site defends Christian metal against every argument that groups like Dial-the-Truth can come up with: DanH 22:59, 1 January 2008 (EST)

Yes this is quite obvious and wow that site is wonderful. This site here is also pretty good although it doesn't contain nearly as much information. I'd also like to point out that although there are secular acts that promote immorality and blaspheme and stuff like that, many of them do not. First of all just because a song is about something does not mean a band is advocating or promoting it. Oftentimes they are just telling a story for entertainment value and they often use satire. There are many different styles of metal and many of them have totally different common lyrical themes. These links Jose is posting are laughable. I'd also like to know how Jose knows what Satan physically looks like. According to one of the links, apparently when Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden told Hit Parader magazine that, "We can play with conviction every night, because we totally believe in the music we're performing." That means that he is a satanist. Also what does posting links of album covers prove. If you want to find viable criticisms of heavy metal that aren't going to make this article into one of the jokes of conservapedia you might want to stay away from using Terry Watkins as a source.--Walker 22:25, 2 January 2008 (EST)
So you admit there are many Metal bands to promote immorality and blasphemy.. We have progress! If an Artist makes a song about "Killing 'em all" they don't need to openly promote it as a band to promote it because the song is already out there and young impressionable children are already being brainwashed and programmed. And you can also play dumb and and pretend that the guy from Mudvayne isn't trying to look like Satan but he looks exactly how popular culture has made him out to look like. Iron Maiden heavily relies on demonic images to sell-out concerts and sell albums. This is especially prevelant on their album covers where the marketing of a demon-like mascot is irrefutable. Do you listen to these bands, Walker? -- Jose83

Iron Maiden isn't a good influence. They had a song called "Number of the Beast". Nobody's saying that Iron Maiden is a good band. The issue here is Christian metal bands, who tend not to have songs like that. DanH 23:56, 2 January 2008 (EST)

Sorry another point I am trying to make is that much of secular metal does not stand as a polar opposite to Christian metal as well--Walker 00:13, 3 January 2008 (EST)
I'll concede that Christian Heavy Metal may not be evil, but I think their Artists have selected the wrong medium in which to praise Jesus. I have not made any claims of Christian Metal being evil in the revised article. However, I will not write anything positive about it either. I shall leave that to you, Fox, or Walker. -- Jose83
I never denied that there weren't bands who did, you made the claim that either most or all bands do, which simply is not true. Also a question, if something is a medium that means it is neither right or wrong, so why is it wrong?--Walker 00:15, 3 January 2008 (EST)
A medium is not inherently neutral. All heavy metal is aggressive and violent so it incites aggressive, violent behavior in the listener. My former friend was in a car wreck because the music he was listening to {System of a Down} caused him to drive irresponsibly. Also, just read the news. Riots at heavy metal concerts are the norm. There is no denying that Rock music in general evokes aggressive feelings in the listener. I just don't believe that these feelings should be evoked while praising Jesus. -- Jose83
Stop making generalizations. 10px Fox (talk|contribs) 14:21, 3 January 2008 (EST)
Your friend was in a car wreck because he's a reckless driver. - JasonAQuest 23:41, 3 January 2008 (EST)

Yes I admited there are some bands that blaspheme and promote immorality, you can find people that do that in pretty much every area of life so what is your point? That doesn't mean all of it is like that. There is no song called Killing Em All that I know of. I don't like Mudvayne but suppoesadly they are trying to look like aliens from a fictional story that they created and base there albums on. Well if you examine the lyrics of the song "Number of the Beast" which actually opens with a reading from the bible. The song is just a story about a guy who is trying to get away from a satanic cult and ultimately is unable to escape them. Apparently it was based on a nightmare Steve Harris had after seeing one of The Omen movies. Eddie is just a cartoon masscot and he is something different on pretty much every album cover. I've always thought of him as some sort of B horror movie type of zombie rather than a demon and by the logic you present I suppose the New Jersey Devils are also relying on satanism to promote their hockey team and Hot Tamales candies and other various hot sauce companies are doing the same? --Walker 00:12, 3 January 2008 (EST)

Article poses as unbiased.

I would never expect a true conservative website to be so pro-heavy metal but here we are. The criticism section is laughable because it contains no real criticism at all whatsoever. I took the time to examine previous versions of the article and noticed that there were indeed previous examples of valid criticism, but they were removed by user Walker. I also noticed that a vast majority of his contributions involve removing criticism from articles of his Heavy Metal heroes. I believe this article should be revamped with some input from people who are willing to voice valid criticisms of the genre. - Osayat3

Please look at the reason for removing the criticism section before blindly adding it back in yourself (along with removing someone else's unrelated work). Most, if not all, of the references are junk; one actually leads you to a site where you can buy a "research paper" about heavy metal music. Plagiarism sites are not valid citations. HelpJazz 16:10, 7 February 2008 (EST)
Osayat3, if there are any real valid criticisms out there then find them and add them to the article since you find it to be lacking.--Walker 16:36, 9 February 2008 (EST)
Perhaps this site should be renamed Liberalpedia. Too deny that Heavy Metal is influenced by Satanists and Athiests is just downright looney. I cannot believe that blatantly un-christian music can be portrayed positively on a Conservative website. I readded the previous criticism section because it's the true conservative christian thing to do. -- Osayat3
This is a conservative encyclopedia. Did you even look at anything Walker or I have said? Better yet, have you looked at the portion you keep adding? Please tell me how this is a reliable source. If heavy metal music is so unilaterally evil, surely you can find some better sources than that. Nobody is saying you can't have a critisism, but it has to follow our rules. If you readd the section again without better sources you will be blocked. HelpJazz 17:33, 11 February 2008 (EST)
Dang! Since when is a particular type of music evil. It's the people behind the music and what they are promoting that can be evil...... not the music itself. Saksjn 21:54, 2 November 2009 (EST)

We need more

There are plenty of web resources we can use, and books too, I have a few of them and plan to add the citations (I know not how to do that yet, however I realize it must be simple.) Right now the article seems to lack much historical description for the genre save what I just added, as well as a description of the music itself aside from commonly held conceptions about what heavy metal is. Certainly we can do better. Jirby 15:21, 20 August 2008 (EDT)

- Something else to consider: the criticism is not really... criticism, at all. In fact I'm trying to figure out if we need a criticism section at all if what is currently there is the only thing anyone can find. Jirby 16:25, 20 August 2008 (EDT)

Definite need of a revamp

This looks like the kind of article Wikipedia would have for Heavy Metal. In order to clean this article up, we should start by redoing the criticism section.

I plan on using the above link as a rough guideline for how the article should look.

-- Jose83

This is meant to be an encyclopedia. Having substantive content, as per wikipedia, is not necessarily a bad thing. By all means add info you feel would be censored by wikipedia - but to censor material which has been added without justifiable reasons (such as when material is unable to be backed up by citations) is against Conservapedia's commandments --J00ni 10:04, 7 September 2008 (EDT)
Agreed. The recent additions, while not broadly incorrect or out of place, reek of bias and ignorance. Not to play the authority card, but why not let people who /know/ something about heavy metal edit the article instead? I swear facts actually do help articles. Jirby 14:15, 7 September 2008 (EDT)
I figured that there was a difference between this article and Jose's talk page at first glance, but really it's just the same unsourced material from her talk page shoe-horned into this page without any sources whatsoever that actually back up her assertions. Indeed, as a long time Pantera and Megadeth fan, I can say your interpretations of their song lyrics or literal to the point of deception. If Phil and Owns thought suicide was so spectacular in the vein /you/ seem to believe then they would have sliced their own wrists by now. But obviously that is not the case. Jirby 14:57, 7 September 2008 (EDT)
I refuse to tolerate your ignorant behavior. If "liberal denial" is the best you can come up with then kindly stop editing this page and let us who know a thing or two about this subject handle it. It's quite obvious that you cannot. Jirby 15:07, 7 September 2008 (EDT)
Your deception is weak, Jirby. It's obvious to me that you are attempting to hide the harmful effects of Heavy Metal music because you are in denial of them, being a devout follower of the genre. We don't believe in censorship here at Conservapedia and if you want to exhibit more Liberal denial in the form of Rule #60, maybe you will feel more at home here [[4]]. -- Jose83

AAHAHAHAHAHAHAA! I love it. If I argue then I'm in denial. If I don't argue, this article is allowed to exist in it's current deceitful form. Alright now seriously. Either source (which you can't) your assertions or don't expect them to remain in the article for more than five minutes before someone who knows better (me and the other actual CONTRIBUTORS to the article) remove them.

Also, whilst I don't oft go into the personal details of my life, yes I love heavy metal. Big deal. You hate it. Big deal. If you can come up with a sourced, logical position, then I don't care what your personal tastes are, however, right now you're simply directing all of your hate onto a MORALLY NEUTRAL abstraction. As I said. I won't tolerate it. Now source, or delete.

The ball is in your court. Jirby 15:16, 7 September 2008 (EDT)

Sources will be posted within minutes -- Jose83

Excellent. Jirby 15:25, 7 September 2008 (EDT)

... GnR are not considered heavy metal, first and foremost. Even if they were, riots are not EXPECTED to occur at heavy metal shows any more than with other shows of other musical genres. Also, Heavy Metal is /considered/ anti-christian by some, HENCE THE CRITICISM SECTION. Simply calling it anti-christian because you /perceive/ it to be anti-christian is not encyclopedic.Jirby 15:40, 7 September 2008 (EDT)

Guns N Roses are Heavy Metal and your claim that a riot is as likely to occur at any concert of any musical genre is ridiculous. I've never heard of a full-scale riot breaking out at an Elton John concert. -- Jose83

Incorrect. GnR is hardrock, you can't argue this/ If you think GnR is typical metal then you're hopelessly ignorant of what most metal sounds like. Jirby 19:43, 7 September 2008 (EDT)

Request intervention

Jose is beginning to annoy me, and I refuse to participate in an edit war with someone who obviously has such a strong anti-metal bent that the article is virtually untouchable by anyone with any sense. Jirby 15:41, 7 September 2008 (EDT)

And now she is beginning to vandalize the talk page. See talk page edit history. Jirby 15:50, 7 September 2008 (EDT)
Quit it with the childish name calling. You have been refering to me as a female when I am actual a male in order to annoy me. Stop now. -- Jose83
Jose is usually a girl's name. My bad. You can take yourself off the cross now. Jirby 15:58, 7 September 2008 (EDT)

I have yet to meet a single women in my life that went by "Jose". Jose is typically a man's name, especially with Latinos. -- Jose83

Jose83 is a parodist. Check his block log. HenryS 20:09, 7 September 2008 (EDT)

Ok, wasn't this solved, like, months ago? The description of "anti-Christian" does not belong in the first sentence of the article; it is not a fact, will never be a fact, and your website reference has no authority. HelpJazz 22:39, 7 September 2008 (EDT)

Edit Warring over amount of Info

Too little?

This article fails even to mention doom metal, death metal, melodic death metal, or any modern trends in metal, despite having sections devoted to the 1980s and 1990s, decades notable for far more musical innovation than just groove or black metal. I've stuck some bands in as examples and edit in some more in due course - as it stands I've missed out a lot of stuff. Twitcher 15:56, 12 January 2010 (EST)

I've added the basis of some more extensive descriptions. I've filled in a couple, and will do more, but I am no expert on glam, thrash, stoner, speed and new wave of british heavy metal. Any help would be welcomed. Twitcher 15:56, 12 January 2010 (EST)

Too much?

We should not strive to be a compendium of pop-culture cruft. This article is already spinning out of control with its detailed description of marginally talented musical figures, and "Twitcher's" latest round of fanboy edits are hardly in the spirit of serious scholarship. The article should, in a brief and concise way, describe the genre and discuss some of the controversies attached to it from a Christian/conservative POV. No need for a detailed analysis of obscure bands. AlexWD 08:54, 13 January 2010 (EST)

So where's the consistency in naming a few sub-genres and pretending the others don't exist? That doesn't exactly strike me as particularly scholarly. As for 'marginally talented musical figures', please don't be so puerile. Your subjective views on the genre are utterly irrelevant. I think great swathes of what I've tried to document are fairly terrible, but you know what, since this is supposed to be an encyclopedia, the least that can be done is offer some examples of bands that characterise the particular sounds. I'm not sure where the 'fanboy' ad hominem is coming from either - am I a fanboy because I actually know something about the subject? Twitcher 09:37, 13 January 2010 (EST)

Just right

Alright guys, here's what we're going to do. We value conciseness here, so my feeling is that AlexWD should have free reign to remove whatever content he feels is excessive.

We also value information, so Twitcher, feel free to create an article on "Heavy metal genres" or something like that, and link to it from this page.

Does this appease everybody? JacobB 14:23, 13 January 2010 (EST)

Lol! Not particularly, as it'll end up getting deleted for being too in-depth, I imagine. If I'm going to spend time and effort on this (and considering how broad metal is, it will take me hours at a time), I don't want it summarily reverted because of someone wandering in and being inexperienced. Twitcher 20:58, 13 January 2010 (EST)

Is heavy metal anti-Christian?

If we can't collaborate on this issue here, maybe the place to take it is Debate:Is heavy metal anti-Christian.

Meanwhile, let's assemble the evidence for and against the proposition here. Please summarize positions from the threads above.

I'll start: In general heavy metal contains themes which invoke demonic imagery. Bands use makeup and costumes to imitate classical ideas of what devils look like. Lyrics promote themes which go against Christian virtues. While there are some bands which have tried to counter the general trend, their number is insignificant.

Editorial note: Do not make the typical mistake of listing a handful of a typical bands and a comparable number of other bands, and then claiming (or implying) anything about the proportions. --Ed Poor Talk 07:56, 20 April 2010 (EDT)


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