Heavy metal – it's not been subject to the best press over the years. From the creation of Tipper Gore's Parental Music Resource Center (PMRC) back in the 1980s, which accused a number of relatively mainstream bands of inciting all manner of social hell, to the infamous church-burnings of Scandinavia's black metal movement in the 1990s, rarely has the genre been cast in anything but the darkest of lights.
The genre also boasts a less than impressive environmental record. Most people will be aware of Ozzy Osbourne's infamous oral decapitation of a live bat, although they may be less aware that he allegedly once snorted a line of live ants in an attempt to out-do glam legends Motley Crue. And let's not forget Alice Cooper, whose ill-informed tossing of a chicken into the air above his fans at a gig in 1969 resulted in them tearing said bird to pieces.
So, to a degree, a lack of empathy from environmentalists towards the charms of heavy metal is understandable.
However, something that is less commonly known about the genre and it's snotty, angry sibling – punk rock – is that environmentalism runs rife.
Despite the ear-bleeding nature of their music, French trio Gojira are outspoken environmentalists, while brutal Brummy outfit Napalm Death wouldn't be seen dead despoiling a bat – they are dedicated vegans and staunch supporters of PETA.
Which brings us to new kids on the heavy metal block – Sweden's Another Hell – who are currently trying to make it big in the world of industrial noisemaking with a Twitter manifesto simply stating: "Capitalism must end. Environment must improve. Humans must feel empathy. We only got one globe to destroy."
Greenpeace couldn't have said it better themselves, apart from the last bit, obviously.
No animals were harmed in the writing of this blog.
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