I've long been annoyed by the way in which metal's transgressive tendencies stop when confronted with issues of gender and sexuality. Rob Halford and that bloke from Accept aside, metal culture is heteronormative to the max. However, recently I've heard about 3 examples of a more transgressive attitude:
- I can't believe I didn't blog about this before but Gorgoroth frontman Gaahl recently came out. As one of the few black metallers that genuinely scares people this is exciting news.
- At the recent metal conference in Salzburg, a paper by Finnish scholar Mikael Sarelin discussed two Finnish black metal bands Enochian Crescent and Black Dawn,both of whom play with transgendered imagery.
- John Stevens from Oz contacted me to tell me about the delightfully named Filthy Maggoty Cunt , who are/were led by Oz transexual Jade Starr .John also forwarded me the playlists for his now defunkt 'queer alt/metal show' Cake and Sodomy.
Okay it's only a handful of examples but it's a start!