|Yeah, real mature…|
Jeff Tandy from independent thrashers Birth A.D. has apparently ‘just realised’ that his band will be in Liturgy’s home town of Brooklyn, New York, and indeed home of their frontman, and self-styled black metal philosopher Hunter Hunt-Hendrix. Quite maturely, Tandy called out Hendrix to a fight, via a Facebook page entitled ‘Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Come Fight Me!’ The page was full of brash statements from Tandy, consisting of further callouts, insults and mock images of what he’s apparently got in store for Hendrix, with plenty of non Liturgy and Hendrix fans baying for the transcendental visionary’s blood. Here’s what Tandy said:
“I’m calling you out, Hunt-Hendrix! I’ll be at Martyrdoom Fest in Brooklyn on June 30, 2012. I hate you. I hate what you do. Come down and we’ll fight!… I will feed you all the Brooklyn sidewalk you can eat, HHH. I’ll show you the side of black metal you don’t have the fortitude or will to explore. Seriously, I will fuck you up.”
I’m not HH-H’s biggest fan, not by a long shot. I find his musings on black metal and indeed elements of his band’s music pretentious and somewhat elitist. By the same token, there are aspects of their music which are sheer genius. But that’s not enough to put me off Hendrix and his diatribes. Does that mean he deserves the treatment he’s got on that page? Absolutely not.
This is exactly why people on the outside have a problem with metal. Yeah we try to paint ourselves as the intelligent bunch, but in actual fact what we have here is Hendrix, somewhat farther along the evolutionary scale (at least in thought and vision), getting heckled, taunted and pilloried by a caveman and his orcs via a social networking site that, wisely, were quick to take down the offending page.
Of course. trolling is nothing new, but this is quite a low. There’s clearly a lot f people of the lowest common denominator who are happy to back this proposed act of violence in actual name – not a user name, but their actual identity. It’s like metallers picking on emo kids again, only this time its aimed at supposed hipsters, in this case Hendrix, whose only crime (aside from some pretty controversial views on black metal) was to be at the forefront of a revolutionary take on the genre via a band so divisive yet incredible (at times) that the case for whether Marmite is good or bad suddenly looks easier to decide.
Tandy might be part of ‘trve’ black metallers Averse Sefira and once a live member of Krieg, but what makes him more qualified on black metal matters than anyone else in the scene? That he’s effectively trying to reduce the debate on black metal to a slugfest achieves nothing, zero, squat, and its stating the obvious to say its pathetic, boneheaded and devoid of actual balls. And even if Hendrix did turn up, what’s to say he wouldn’t clock Tandy, rather than vice versa?
Hopefully this silly incident will be forgotten about and people can continue to argue about metal in a normal, disorderly fashion. It’s not big or clever to pick a fight, and less so on Facebook, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a little jealousy involved with Liturgy’s success, and Tandy’s presumable incredulity that a man with such polarizing views happens to be on their way to relative stardom. Tandy can preach ‘kvlt’ and ‘trve’ all he likes – but those words will never befit empty threats, and we all know violence never settles a true debate.