Slayer frontman Tom Araya says times have changed since the early days of metal, and thinks the wider public are more accepting of metal as an art form.
"Nowadays, people who would never have been into metal can 'get' Slayer, and honestly, it's because of the 'wow' factor. I think people have adapted to that," he told the Boston Phoenix (via Blabbermouth). "People don't have to buy into any kind of message; someone can just go 'Wow, this is really cool,' and no one's gonna think 'Oh, you're a devil worshipper' or 'Oh, you're a Nazi.'
"Music has gone through an evolution; metal has evolved and become part of the scene, and it's accepted. We've become part of the fabric of America.
While his point is generally true, we reported yesterday on a couple who were denied an apartment because the landlady discovered one of them played in a metal band.
Araya went on to discuss why Slayer became one of the most enduring metal bands of all time:
"We have always just done things that we think are cool - everybody else tags us as 'controversial!' Everything we do, everything we write, everything we create, we do because it has a cool factor. We just want to be heavier and more intense than anything."