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Special Column: Heavy Metal As Scapegoat
11/9/2012 3:04:55 PM by Greg Watson




For as long as music and heinous acts of humanity have been around, the two have seemingly been entwined in a bitter union of blame. Musicians have been implicated for years in deaths, murders, suicides and ritual killings. What I would like to do is look at this phenomenon and some of the reasons why the blame falls on music, metal in particular, and the way people attack the music for its lyrical content and subject matter. I will try my best to limit the opinions to a minimum but inevitably some will creep into the piece so please understand that I am not saying that this is the final word, just how I feel. That being said, let us take a look at this interesting phenomenon...

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RANDOM ACTS OF METAL
Demons and Wizards Leng Tch'e
Nightwish Children Of Bodom
White Skull Vicious Mary
Carpathian Forest Disturbed
Solemnity Anthrax
Cradle of Filth Gun Barrel
Celestial Ode Queensryche
Mark Boals Usurper
Ring of Fire Advent
Ravage Johnny Lokke
Pyn Siren Sevendust
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King Diamond Guardians Of Time
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Dew Scented Hard Echo
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Lonewolf Hatework
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Katagory V Annihilator
Marshall Law Necrodemon
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Mirror of Deception Karmakanic
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Bloody Sign Cradle To Grave
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Necrophagia Astral Doors
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