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) :
AESTHETICS OF HATE: R.I.P. DIMEBAG ABBOTT, & GOOD RIDDANCE (December 2004)
“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
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 !
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