The Broadsheets Argue About Metal’s Relation To Religion
After the Church Times celebrated the kinship of metal and religion, The Guardian and The Telegraph kick off over how much the worlds of metal and religion crossover. Full story inside! Join our campaign to make Heavy Metal a religion at the 2011 census!
When we got back from our Bank Holiday weekend, the very last thing we expected to be informed of was that there was a) a magazine called Church Times and b) that very same magazine (or, more poignantly, Rev Rachel Mann from that publication) were sticking up for metal, offering the rather intelligent notion that “Metal has no fear of human darkness. It calls the Church to discover a liberative theology of darkness: darkness not understood as negative, but as a place of possibility.”
Quite thoughtful and pretty on the money, we thought, and so too did The Guardian. So much so that they offered this piece that explored the positive relationship between metal and religion. This has since been met with cynicism and has been countered by a piece in the Telegraph. Aside from associating Slayer’s Angel Of Death with the 90′s when it was released in 1986, they make some sterling arguments of their own.
What do you think?