Since the genre's inception in the late 1960s, Heavy metal music has often proved provocative to who do not follow it. Consequently, news of antagonism towards or controversy surrounding metal fans is nothing new. Noisecreep
is currently reporting a recent attack on a young heavy metal fan in Lancashire, England, and it is not the first of its kind to have happened in the area. According to the website, 16 year old Ben Moores
escaped serious injury after being assaulted behind a supermarket by a gang of as many as 15 teenagers.
Moores' wrists were stamped on and hair was pulled in clumps from his head as the assailants reportedly shouted "mosher
" and "freak
". Speaking to Manchester Evening News
, Moores explained that his heavy metal fandom was the motivation for the attack: "They were only doing it because of the way I look and because I've got long hair and like heavy metal music,
" Moores said. "It's all because I dress a bit different and have different interests.
The incident occurred only two miles from the area where 20 year old Sophie Lancaster
was murdered by a gang of teenagers five years ago for being dressed as a goth. 15 year old Brendan Harris
and 16 year old Ryan Herbert
were found guilty of the crime with three other males also pleading guilty to assault. Lancaster and her boyfriend were attacked in a park by the gang after what had been an apparently friendly conversation had turned violent.
Commenting on the latest assault, Sophie's mother Sylvia
offered the following statement: "The fact that young people gang together like that and think of it as fun is just wrong. It is very sad that there have been no lessons learned.