Sunday, July 31, 2005

Is "metal" gay freindly?

This is NOT the most articulate article on Gays in "metal"..Of course I'm not striaght and prefer women and I'm into VERY BROOTAL and extreme metal AND I'm NON WHITE. Of course this cultural and sexual diversity makes me some what of an oddball, or an novelty in extreme metal...

Not all gays whom enjoy metal listen to crappy hair/glam bands from the 80's, dsico or bad house/club music. OR HOT TOPIC mall gawth indusrtrial metal/rock.

However, I have tolerated alot of racism and chauvanism in the extreme metal scene, wich is something I rant against quite often.

Despite the streotypes, not all gays are into folk/rock, funk and dance music. There IS diversity..Somewhere..

Thanks--Stay Metal-Tee \m/ -l-


Last Updated: July 31, 2005 11:28 PM

Is Heavy Metal Becoming More Gay-Friendly? - July 31, 2005 Joshua Rotter of, a web site dedicated to "reviews and commentary on gay and bisexual men in entertainment and the media," has issued the following report:

MÖTLEY CRÜE's current "Carnival of Sin" reunion tour might seem as exciting to most gay men as the NBA finals, a point that was reinforced by a recent experience I had at a gay bar in San Francisco.

Wearing an old CRÜE concert T-shirt, I was approached by a guy, awestruck by the fact that a "brother" would be caught out in metal gear. He thought he was the only gay metal fan. Demystified by his erroneous assumption, I began reminiscing with him about the many metal bands, METALICA, MÖTLEY CRÜE, GUNS N' ROSES, that served as soundtrack to my youth, all the shows I had seen and how I'd dressed as GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose last Halloween. As we proceeded to trade metal memories over beers, he even announced that he would be heading to Sacramento in the next couple of days to catch the CRÜE show.

A few hours later, as I contemplated his seemingly ridiculous statement, I began to think he was right. He was the first gay metal fan I had ever met.

Even MÖTLEY CRÜE, for instance, never had a gay following — at least until the infamous Pam and Tommy Lee sex tape was leaked in the late 1990s, which exposed Lee's massive member.

This made me wonder: teased hair, bondage gear and make-up jokes aside, is heavy metal gay-friendly? Not so, according to its history.

Heavier than hard rock, the genre's screaming vocals, aggressive, driving rhythms, highly amplified guitars, sexist lyrics and dark obsessions have for the most part never appealed to a gay audience in the same way that disco, R&B and handbag house have.
And it's not like metalheads have ever ingratiated themselves with their gay brethren. Who can forget John Heyn and Jeff Krulik's 1986 film "Heavy Metal Parking Lot", about a bunch of testosterone-fueled rednecks at a JUDAS PRIEST concert tailgate party say that you're gay if you like any other band?

In an ironic twist, when the band’s frontman, Rob Halford came out of the closet in 1993, his relationship with PRIEST initially suffered, as he was replaced by straight Tim Owens for a number of years (Halford eventually returned to the group in 2003). It's no different for girls, as rumor has it that metal goddess Lita Ford was often at odds with lesbian members of her 1970s rock outfit THE RUNAWAYS, among them future solo star Joan Jett.

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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Opeth forum closed

Opeth's forum at is (perhaps temporarily) CLOSED to EVERYONE due to leaks (downloads of Opeth's new CD Ghost Revelries) and the ensueing hype and mayhem, lmao.

Between Opeth and Roadrunner, sounds like all in the Opeth camp are getting paranoid of all the "rumors". lol. We'll see if the new Opeth CD on Roadrunner is worth all this hype (Ghost Revelries)..

:rolls eyes;..I liked the forum (Opeth) better in 2002/2003 before these KiDZ starting getting into Opeth, lol. Then again, Arch Enemy, In Flames also closed thier forums (permanatly) on within the last two years due to cries of sell out..

The bad news for Opeth fans from staff METALAGES:

I've been informed by Opeth that this forum is now closed due to the leaks, etc. It may reopen once the album is released. Plese do not message asking how, why etc. Thanks.

In more bad news, WVKR metal DJ (Masochist Radio-Vassar College radio) Hamilton and Gengis Tron member had an unfortunate accident and crashed the bands van in route to a gig on Gengis Tron's 7 week national tour. While all in Gengis Tron are ok, the ENTIRE tour is cancelled and thier gear/van are ruined..

Hamilton (Gengis Tron) IS/WAS one of the better DJ's on WVKR (Masochist Radio) and a motivating factor in getting up but crack early in the morning (7 or 10AM) to listen to one the best extreme metal shows (and perhaps only) on the airwaves in 2002/2003...

Hamilton (Gengis Tron) has also, (up to his study abroad trip to the Chek Repulblic) been an active member on the RELAPSE.COM. and ULTIMATEMETAL.COM. forum's..Hamilton/Gengis Tron are a part of our local music scene and metal forums community.

Hamilton's a very cool guy, and thankfully Gengis Tron's gear is INSURED, but they are STILL thousands of dollars in the red on gear, so please buy some merch from this band so they can buy new gear and a new van..So if you are a band on tour, INSURE YOUR GEAR.

Jokes about mistaking Gengis Tron's van accident with yet another van accident, ala Soilent Green/Goatwhore/Candiria aside, it was truly a little bunny rabbit that side swiped Gengis Tron's van causing the accident. I shit you not...These van/tour bus accidents could have tragic counsequences ala Cliff Burton of Metallica '86, not just missed shows, physical  and monatary damages..

So help out Gengis Tron and Hamilton whom just happens to be a local Vassar college student and former WVKR DJ originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

Being in an indie band, driving a VAN across the USA on tour with no showers, hotels,no roadies/crew, the band itself driving a van 8 to 12 hours to a show,taking off time from work to tour because you're an indie band and your genre of music is not commercially profitable. Also, not much food from unreliable promoters is NOT a glamerous life.. This is (sometimes the unfortuanate) standard for indie bands on tour, and that is how the underground music scene works these days.

Also,. when indie bands (signed to small and major indies whom are not huge sellers, and not on major tours) go on tour and play in your area, please help them out by PAYING them guarentees (on a rider agreement), and feeding them properly (you know who you are ya shiesty promoters) and fans please let these bands shower and perhaps stay a night at your place if at all possible.. Take these bands in over night for a shower, shave and some adequate SLEEP if these bands are touring by way of a VAN and (not a tour bus) and have no $, the band themselves are driving with no seperate driver, or are not supplied with hotels. This IS the indie underground folks.

Only INTERNATIONAL/ (INDIE ect) acts are supllied with a tour bus and driver. Tour bus rentals (from booking agencies) may cost between $10, 000 and $20, 000 dollars. Of course one could always rent a van, or van with bunks from a booking agency, or invest in thier own van/tralier.

Oh yeh, I don't care that she is not metal, cheers to ANI DIFRANCO whom is playing somewhere in NY this weekend at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival..It was a pleasure playing Ani Difranco's music on WFNP back in the day..

Thanks- and good luck to Hamilton and OPETH too- Thanks-Stay Metal/Stay Brutal-Tee \m/ -l-

Saturday, July 23, 2005

West Memphis Three Awareness day..

BTW, today is WEST MEMPHIS THREE awareness day. Check out the movies Paradise Lost 1 and Paradise Lost Revelations, and go to some benefit shows around the globe today, and FREE THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE.

Fuck the psuedo fests that are going on in the HV area today wich feature NO EXTREME METAL, just lame folk rock, hippie shit and nu metal and hard rock.

HELLFEST ,August 19, 20, 21 other than the geh hardcore crap (Trenton, NJ) features, Nile, Cryptopsy, and Suffocation on Friday the 19th, so be prepared to be OWNED.. -l- \m/.

No, while I don't mind Soilent Green, I don't like their Southern rock feel, although the grind aspect of thier music is good, as Tuefel's Tomb said, Soilent Green sound like a metal core band trying to play Southern, stoner doom, yep.. While Soilent Green are good,and brutal, I tend to like Goatwhore better, even if they're "Southern" BM. and the bill (Poughkeepsie, NY) looked horrid with lame metalcore/hardcore bands. Ick. If Soilent Green had finsihed thier record in Febuary and played the tour with Suffocation, Behemoth, Cattle Decapitation I would have again checked them out. The turnout for this Soilent Green tour has been poor. 

The only band with a Southern rock feel that I've ever liked was CCR,(and the Outlaws whom did that tune Green grass and high Tides for the awesome guitar solos) Credence Clearwater Revival and they were from El Cerrito, California.

I'm not feeling well, so later. Thanks-Tee-Stay Metal/Stay Brootal \m/ -l-

Monday, July 11, 2005

West Memphis Three benefit shows Check your area

Ugh, that GIF/link may not work, but anyway, JULY 23rd, 2005, is West Memphis Three Awareness Day. So check out a local benefit show for the WM3 in your region, and FREE the WM3. All proceeds from these benefit shows go to legal fees to free the WM3.

The same HBO documentary directors whom directed Paradise Lost, and Paradise Lost Revelations (about the WM3 case) , also directed the Metallica documentary Some Kind Of Monster, and the Hurricane about the NJ boxing champion whom was freed after a life sentence (The Hurricane spent 30 years in prison for a crime he did NOT commit) by Canadian, and American activists.

Stay active..Be Aware..http:///

BTW, Cryptopsy are done recording thier new CD wich should be out in the fall, the new Opeth song/single Grand Conjuration SUUUCKS (nu metal/symphonic crap)..Oh well, we'll see what the new Opeth CD Ghost Revelries has in store. Can Opeth beat the curse of Roadrunner?

I have some health problems that I'm working on and some personal ones as well.

Later, Stay cool, Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-Tee \m/ -l-


Hot, off the presses, for your eyes and ears only on this private journal, (I hope you heard it first here), JUDAS PREIST are coming to the Mid Hudson Civic Center October 11th, 2005..This news indeed is true, so get ready because Rob Halford is BACK with Judas Preist..

I also hope that the gay community shows some support for Rob Halford (Judas Preist's vocalist)  for coming out of the closet a few years back. Metal Horns to ROB HALFORD..\m/

The question IS; will Rob Halford bring out his Harley and ride it on stage?

The good news from JUDAS PRIEST Booking Second Leg Of North American Tour: First Date Leaked - July 11, 2005 JUDAS PRIEST are in the process of booking dates for the second leg of their North American tour, tentatively set to take place this fall. So far, only one date has been leaked: October 11 at the 3,000 capacity Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.

As previously reported, PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton told ABC ePrep that the band's upcoming live DVD, featuring footage from their recent shows at Japan's Budokan, will be released in the fall.

JUDAS PRIEST kicked off the first leg of their North American with QUEENSRŸCHE on May 30 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

JUDAS PRIEST are continuing to tour in support of "Angel of Retribution", their first album with singer Rob Halford in 15 years. "Angel of Retribution" was produced by Roy Z, who has previously worked on solo albums from Halford and IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson.

JUDAS PRIEST's "Angel of Retribution" has sold a little under 150,000 copies in the United States to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Thursday, July 7, 2005

Terrorist attack in London

Condolesnces go out to the many whom have lost thier lives in yet another senseless act of horrid violence and terrorism this time in London, England... Respect for all the metal heads in the UK. PS; My best wishes to GUTWORM from the UK and the drunken fun that was had by all at the 2001 NJ Metal fest.

Thanks-Tee- stay metal, stay brutal \m/ -l-

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Four Blasts Hit City During Rush Hour
Prime Minister Blair Calls Subway, Bus Attacks 'Barbaric' By JANE WARDELL, AP

LONDON (July 7) - Four explosions rocked the London subway and tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday, sending bloodied victims fleeing in the worst attack on London since World War II. At least 37 people were killed and more than 700 were wounded, according to the official count.

A clearly shaken Prime Minister Tony Blair called the coordinated attacks ''barbaric'' and said they were designed to coincide with the G-8 summit opening in Gleneagles, Scotland. They also came a day after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics. A group calling itself the Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe claimed responsibility.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the explosions have the ''hallmarks of an al-Qaida related attack. He added that neither Britain's police nor the intelligence services had any warning of the attacks.

The four blasts went off within an hour, beginning at 3:51 a.m. EDT, and hit three subway stations and the double-decker bus. Authorities immediately shut down the subway and bus lines that log 8.4 million passenger trips every weekday.

The bus explosion seemed to go off at the back of the vehicle, said bystander Raj Mattoo, 35. ''The roof flew off and went up about 10 meters. It then floated back down,'' he said. ''There were obviously people badly injured. A parking attendant said he thought a piece of human flesh had landed on his arm.''

Doctors from the nearby British Medical Association rushed into the street to treat the wounded from the bus. ''The front of BMA house was completely splattered with blood and not much of the bus was left,'' said Dr. Laurence Buckman.

''It was chaos,'' said Gary Lewis, 32, evacuated from a subway train at King's Cross station. ''The one haunting image was someone whose face was totally black and pouring with blood.''

As the city's transportation system ground to a near-halt, buses were used as ambulances and an emergency medical station was set up at a hotel. Rescue workers, police and ordinary citizens streamed into the streets to help.

Some central London streets emptied of traffic. Groups of commuters who had been on their way to work gathered around corner shops with televisions, watching in silence. The mood was somber and subdued.

At the request of Queen Elizabeth II, the Union Jack flag flying over Buckingham Palace was lowered to half staff.

Blair, flanked by fellow G-8 leaders, including President Bush, read a statement from the leaders. ''We shall prevail and they shall not,'' he said.

''Whatever they do, it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country and in other civilized nations throughout the world,'' he said earlier.

Returning to London, he promised an intense police hunt for those responsible. He said he knew most Muslims worldwide ''deplore this act of terrorism.''

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''They are trying to use the slaughter of innocent people to cow us,'' he said. ''They should know they will not succeed.''

In Scotland, police evacuated a section of Edinburgh's main shopping street after a suspect package was found on a bus.

Bush warned Americans to be ''extra vigilant,'' and his administration raised the terror alert for mass transit a notch to code orange. Security also was stepped up in the U.S. Capitol and in train and bus stations around the country.

Much of Europe also went on alert. Italy's airports raised alert levels to a maximum. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, the Netherlands, France and Spain alsoannounced beefed-up security at shopping centers, airports, railways and subways.

The U.N. Security Council was expected to pass a resolution condemning the blasts later Thursday, an official said.

A group calling itself ''The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe'' posted a claim of responsibility, saying the blasts were in retaliation for Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The statement also threatened attacks in Italy and Denmark, both of which have troops in Iraq. It was published on a Web site popular with Islamic militants, and the text was republished on Elaph, a secular Arabic-language news Web site, and Berlin's Der Spiegel magazine.

The statement's authenticity could not be immediately confirmed, but terrorism experts said the blasts had the trademarks of the al-Qaida network.

''This is clearly an al-Qaida style attack. It was well-coordinated, it was timed for a political event and it was a multiple attack on a transportation system at rush hour,'' said Lawrence Freedman, professor of war studies at King's College in London.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick said there had been no arrests, and it was unclear whether suicide bombers were involved.

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Asked about the claim of responsibility, Paddick said: ''We will be looking at that ... at the moment we don't know if that's a legitimate claim or not.'' He added British officials had received no prior warning or advance intelligence that the attacks would occur.

European stocks dropped sharply after the blasts, with exchanges in London, Paris and Germany all down about 2 percent. Insurance and travel-related stocks were hit hard, and the British pound also fell. Gold, traditionally seen as a safe haven, rose.

The explosions also unnerved traders on Wall Street, sending stocks down sharply.

In London, police said they could confirm at least 37 people had been killed, including two in the bus attack.

Three U.S. law enforcement officials said at least 40 people were killed. They spoke on condition of anonymity and said they learned of the number from their British counterparts.

French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy later said the death toll had risen to 50, citing a conversation with his British counterpart. This could not be confirmed.

Buckman, the London doctor, said ambulance staff told him about 10 people died in the bus blast. BMA doctors treated about nine seriously wounded people in the building's courtyard, two of whom later died, he said.

London police said at least 700 were wounded. Among them, at least 45 were in serious or critical condition, including amputations, fractures and burns, hospital officials told The Associated Press.London Mayor Ken Livingstone said the blasts were ''mass murder'' carried out by terrorists bent on ''indiscriminate ... slaughter.''

''This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty or the powerful ... it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners,'' said Livingstone, in Singapore where he supported London's Olympic bid. Giselle Davies, an International Olympic Committee spokeswoman, said the committee still had ''full confidence'' in London.

Jay Kumar, a business owner near the site of the bus blast, said he ran out of his shop when he heard a loud explosion. The bus's top deck collapsed, sending people tumbling to the floor, he said. Bloodied people ran from the scene.

''A big blast, a big bomb,'' he told The Associated Press. ''People were running this way panicked. They knew it was a bomb. Debris flying all over, mostly glass.''

''I was on the bus in front and heard an incredible bang, I turned round and half the double decker bus was in the air,'' Belinda Seabrook told Press Association, the British news agency.

Traces of explosives were found at two explosion sites, a senior police official said.

Explosions were reported at the Aldgate station near the Liverpool Street railway terminal, Edgware Road and King's Cross in north London, Old Street in the financial district and Russell Square, near the British Museum.


''I saw lots of people coming out covered in blood and soot. Black smoke was coming from the station. I saw several people laid out on sheets,'' office worker Kibir Chibber, 24, said at the Aldgate subway station.

Simon Corvett, 26, on an eastbound train from Edgware Road station, described ''this massive huge bang ... It was absolutely deafening and all the windows shattered.''

''You could see the carriage opposite was completely gutted,'' he said. ''There were some people in real trouble.''

On March 11, 2004, terrorist bombs on four commuter trains in Madrid killed 191 people.

AP reporters Barry Renfrew, Emily Rotberg, Sarah Blaskovich, Emma Ross and Nick Mead contributed to this report.

AP-NY-07-07-05 16:58 EDT

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