Aesthetics Of Hate

One of my favourite bands MachineHead has new album out called “The Blackening”, which has been receiving rave reviews, and lots of praise.  I’ve been loving some of the new heavy grooves and riffs – and saw a video clip of them live @ Rock Am Ring

In particular, one song has grabbed me – entitled “Aesthetics Of Hate“.

Rob Flynn describes how this song is a response to a (extremely conservative) website article about the death of a very talented heavy metal guitarist Dimebag Darrell from Pantera – who was shot-to-death whilst performing with his new band “Damageplan”.

This article basically said “you reap what you sow”, and took a swipe at the Heavy Metal industry and genre as a whole.  Here’s a excerpt from the article in question (William Grim @ Iconoclast) :


“You’ve undoubtedly heard by now that a demented fan last week killed heavy metal guitarist Dimebag Abbott at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. While I am extremely happy to hear that the assassin was shot to death by a brave Columbus policeman and I in no way want to engage in a blaming the victim scenario, I cannot deny that there much in Mr. Abbott’s demise of one being hoisted on one’s petard.

The squalor, inhumanity, filth (both in the metaphorical and hygienic senses), depravity, ugliness and ignorance of everything that heavy metal represents (Like rap, I cannot use the noble term music in a description of heavy metal) creates a mindset among its devotees in which Mr. Abbott’s assassination was an event that was all but waiting to happen.”

It was highly amusing, and also terribly sad, to watch on television fans conducting a ‘vigil’ for the slain Mr. Abbott outside of the Alrosa Villa.

It was an assemblage of ignorant, semi-human barbarians who were filthy in attire and manner, intellectually incoherent and above all else, hideously ugly to the point of physical deformity. Here is a definite case in which the outer appearance of these ‘fans’ accurately represented the hideousness of their souls.

That the physical deformity of their ugliness was self-inflicted makes the spiritual tragedy of their misspent lives all the more tragic.”

“But one can see why the heavy metal fans so closely identified with Mr. Abbott. He was an ignorant, barbaric, untalented possessor of a guitar and large amplifier system. Freakish in appearance, more simian than human, he was the performer of a type of “entertainment” that can be likened only to a gorilla on PCP.

Lacking subtlety, wit, style, emotional range and anything approaching even the smallest iota of intellectual or musical interest, Mr. Abbott was part of a generation that has confused sputum with art and involuntary reflex actions with emotion. “

Jeez – what the ?!?!    If you don’t like, or don’t understand something – don’t insult those who do !!

This article caused a lot of backlash, and response from the Heavy Metal community – already reeling from the loss of one of the greatest guitar players ever seen, in tragic circumstances.   Won’t matter, it sounds like William Grim is a political radical – and seems to enjoy upsetting the apple cart.  *sigh*  

Right Wing News : There’s an old joke that says inside every German there’s a Nazi yearning to get out. While a gross overstatement, there is, I’m unhappy to report, more than a little truth to that old chestnut.

Anyway, this is the response to William Grim (MachineHead-style).   According to Wikipedia, this song was recorded with a Washburn Dimebag model guitar which Dimebag Darrell himself gave to Flynn as a gift after smashing Rob’s guitar the night before.  

You tried to spit in the eye of a dead man’s face
Attacked the ways of a man not yet in his grave
But your hate was over all too soon
Because nothing is over and nothing’s through
‘Til we bury you

For the love of brother
I will sing this f**king song
Aesthetics of hate
I hope you rot in hell

The words I read on the screen
left me f**king sick
I felt the hatred rising
you son of a bitch
You branded us pathetic for our respect
But he made us Driven, deep reverence
Far Beyond the rest


Long live memories
Live his freedom vicariously
Defend tenfold,
his honor we’ll always uphold

For the love of brother
I will say these f**king words
No silence against ignorance
Iconoclast, I hope you burn in hell

May the hand of God strike them down

Click here to see the video clip of “Aesthetics Of Hate”.      Sing it loud – I hope you rot in hell !

Some more great clips from Rock Am Ring :

14 thoughts on “Aesthetics Of Hate

  1. Tim Fitzgerald September 13, 2007 / 3:04 am

    william grim. i hope you die. you know that you fucking son of a bitch. a guy died. and you say its a good thing. i think your just jealous. who knows. maybe you wanted to be in a band. but failed unlike dimebag who by the way is simply god at guitar.

    i hope you fucking die and rot in a hell.

  2. dime fan September 21, 2007 / 1:19 am

    FUCK U DICKHOLE he dies and u say shit like this i hope u fucking die and rot your fucking bones in hell

  3. Zeb September 30, 2007 / 8:40 am

    William Grim is a fool and a cold hearted man that judges by stereotype.

  4. Kastor October 13, 2007 / 12:25 am

    Thanks, I was looking for the article for a while now.
    May this ignorant understand someday what he said, then rot in hell.

    Kastor (Fr)

  5. Al October 19, 2007 / 6:14 pm

    It’s mind-numbing to comprehend why this was even printed.

    Narrow-minded individuals can never be, or understand artist, or the work they do. And there’s no doubt that this man is narrow minded, and very likely doesn’t understand the concept of freedom of choice, and preference. Placing a stereotype on an entire genre of music, and it’s fans seems a little extreme.

    Albeit, i like how he uses the word “Ugly” so much, it must be a fear. The world can be, and usually is ugly. Most people live with it rather then calling everything ugly, and stressing that it can be better. “Critics” is what we call people like this, they judge, and label, but they never do anything about it.

    Sorry if this doesn’t make perfect sense, I’m so infuriated i can’t think straight.

    But the bottom line is; you reap what you sow. Sleep well Mr. Grim

  6. Andrew Long November 13, 2007 / 6:32 am

    What the fuck have looks got to do with nething u shallow conservative prick! As for intelligence, theres more to life than fuckin facts, Dimebag used his soul to write his music which is something u will never have or understand

    Fuck u, u fucking fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Tom November 19, 2007 / 6:40 am

    god what a wanker…im not the biggest fan of pantera or dimebag in general but to attack a dead mat while his family and friends are still grieveing is just evil…and he was calling metal fans semi-human barbarians who are filthy in manner and intellectually incoherant…he needs to go and grow some balls

  8. rik gohrey November 20, 2007 / 9:28 am

    I’m sorry that i dont go straight into a rant and i do believe william grim shud go fuck himself or perhaps hes sister due to the fact hes most probly an inbred redneck mother fucker… but seriously he goes on about people of the genre and people who like the genre as if they are a waste of life and ugly un intelligent people like hes some fucking big patriot…well he wants to look at his stupid fucking ugly president thats dumb as fuck and barbaric as hell who wants to bomb everything in sight… NOW FOR THE RANT … DIE YOU COCKSUCKING ASS WIPE U CAN ROT IN HELL FOR ALL I CARE U DESERVE DEATH I HOPE SOMEONE BLOWS OFF YOUR KNEE CAPS WITH A GUN SEE HOW U LIKE BEING SHOT AND THEN LOOK YOU RIGHT IN THE EYE AS YOU SQUIRM IN PAIN BITCH! GO AND ROT!

  9. Rocko November 23, 2007 / 10:58 am

    Now, whilst I feel that individuals who’ve posted replies above have certainly not helped us in the metal community, I will have to agree with them.

    Calling somebody a ‘cocksucking ass wipe’ really isn’t productive, it’s just the sort of negative attention that this pathetic little man craves.

    This type of effete, almost Hipster like rambling is commonplace when one visits the surface world of coffee shops, hybrid cars and French berets these individuals inhabit.

    I would suggest to those of who, like me, worshiped, adored and loved Mr. Abbott to not even give cretinous little oiks such as Mr. Grimm the time of day. His kind has and always will exist, they make our coffee, stack our bookshelves and make our sandwiches. The holier than thou attitude that they exude, the “I’m so smart, look at me earning $7.00 an hour!” nonchalance and almost Wall Street Journal editorial page arrogance that these bubonic puss sacks spew is an unfortunate aspect of life.. and alas, short of slaughtering them all in a great brutal orgy of blood, guts and entrails, they shall always exist.

    I suggest you pay them no heed, they’ll continue to ask us if we’d like cream in our coffee whilst we bang our heads for a thousand more years!

  10. Mikey August 19, 2009 / 5:31 pm

    Wow, this article just makes me love metal even more. And beyond this beasts crave for attention, lies… well not much more. No where in this article does he prove he could possibly be taken seriously at all, its nothing more than a pathetic little man behind his computer screen showing everyone his abundant ignorance of culture, instead he lies clueless and hated. And while there a million reasons why any racist, bigot, ignorant, bashing, pathetic individual… could be proven wrong, their reasoning for hatred holds no water and could easily be laughed off, and just one thing to say this moron. Even if you bash metal, just remember how much more inhuman it is to bash someone who is dead.. Dime will be remembered long after you are forgotten you scum. Peace out, long live metal!! (P.S. metal has more emotion than you could possibly imagine, thats why it continues to take importance in peoples lives including my own)..

  11. Colby September 1, 2010 / 3:31 pm

    This pisses me off soooooooo fucking much. One of THE GREATEST metal guitarists of all time dies, and this dickhole talks shit about him. Dimebag was the next hendrix in my book, he will be remembered as hendrix was. People express their agony of the death and this bullshit author finds it amusing? I hope this fucking shit burns in hell. Whatever the lyrics are in aesthetics of hate are is what WILL happen to him

    R.I.P. DIME \m/
    You’ll ALWAYS be remembered

  12. Unforgiven kt January 19, 2011 / 9:37 pm

    “The words I read on the screen
    left me f**king sick
    I felt the hatred rising
    you son of a bitch
    You branded us pathetic for our respect
    But he made us Driven, deep reverence
    Far Beyond the rest”
    these words suit my feelings for this article but i think he needs to look at his own life and brand himsleve the pathethic one who should nt be allowed to Rest in peace..he should suffer through death nd made to wonder this world unable to be put to rest let him rot in hell as the devil’s bicth

  13. Daniel February 17, 2012 / 9:21 pm

    I read this article and cried. The fact that a “human” could do this disgusts me to the point of extreme violence, and thats only because i’m injured, extreme doesnt begin to describe the pain he deserves.
    R.I.P. Dimebag
    May you shred on the shoulder of god.

  14. chris July 27, 2012 / 1:21 pm

    Pantera made me the person i am today, i was devistated when DImebag died. Something beautiful was taken from the world prematurely. Bands like Pantera give me a massive outlet in life that help me cope and enjoy it more, I love everything Dimebag was ever involved in, and i see this hate speech is a personal insult on me and everyone who is listens to the genre.

    Fuck you William Grim i wish death and pain on you and your loved ones for attacking an incident that has affected me and so many others like me.

    8 years on and it still stings U fuck!!!!!


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