Thirty-Five Years Ago Dee Snider Defended Heavy Metal Against Censorship

The 1980s were a curious time for music. It was one of the most creative and cool times ever for all kinds of music from Rock, Heavy metal, Pop, Hip-Hop, and Dance Music. Art and music is an expression of society and what people are feeling, and rarely just artists pushing their opinions on fans. But forces were aligning against personal freedom, especially in the United States Government and the Parents Music Resource Center (The P.M.R.C.) led by Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally Nevius, wife of former Washington City Council Chairman John Nevius.  

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Iranian Metal Band Arsames Escapes Their Country Avoiding 15 Years In Jail for Being “Satanic”

In a story we have been following, Iranian death metal band Arsames who were were arrested and sentenced to 15 years in jail for the crime of “being in satanic metal band and being against the Islamic government”, escaped the country to an undisclosed location and are now safe and sound

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Watain Show In Canceled In Singapore over Religious Concerns

Watain was to perform their debut show ever in Singapore tonight, but was canceled due to the bands’ apparent penchant “denigrating religions and promoting violence.” The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) released a statement today saying it had earlier allowed the show — which was due to be held at EBX Live Space — to take place with a rating of Restricted 18 (R18). However, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) determined that the performance should not proceed. The following quotes come from Blabbermouth.net  Continue reading

Video: Wovenwar Releases Lines In The Sand From Honor Is Dead

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Wovenwar will be releasing their highly anticipated new record, Honor Is Dead, on Friday, October 21st via Metal Blade Records, and they’ve just unveiled the new ‘Lines In The Sand’ video. Continue reading

Satanic Panic Book Examines Cultural Paranoia Against Heavy Metal In The 80s And 90s

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Out now, Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 80’s (FAB Press) offers a detailed in-depth analyisation of how a political culture war played out during the 80’S, from the publication of the memoir Michelle Remembers 1980 to the end of the McMartin “Satanic Ritual Abuse” Trial in 1990. Continue reading