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my friend sent this to me


You've undoubtedly heard by now that a demented fan last week killed heavy metal guitarist Dimebag Abbott at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. While I am extremely happy to hear that the assassin was shot to death by a brave Columbus policeman and I in no way want to engage in a blaming the victim scenario, I cannot deny that there much in Mr. Abbott's demise of one being hoisted on one's petard. The squalor, inhumanity, filth (both in the metaphorical and hygienic senses), depravity, ugliness and ignorance of everything that heavy metal represents (Like rap, I cannot use the noble term music in a description of heavy metal) creates a mindset among its devotees in which Mr. Abbott's assassination was an event that was all but waiting to happen.

It was highly amusing, and also terribly sad, to watch on television fans conducting a "vigil" for the slain Mr. Abbott outside of the Alrosa Villa. It was an assemblage of ignorant, semi-human barbarians who were filthy in attire and manner, intellectually incoherent and above all else, hideously ugly to the point of physical deformity. Here is a definite case in which the outer appearance of these "fans" accurately represented the hideousness of their souls. That the physical deformity of their ugliness was self-inflicted makes the spiritual tragedy of their misspent lives all the more tragic.

But one can see why the heavy metal fans so closely identified with Mr. Abbott. He was an ignorant, barbaric, untalented possessor of a guitar and large amplifier system. Freakish in appearance, more simian than human, he was the performer of a type of "entertainment" that can be likened only to a gorilla on PCP. Lacking subtlety, wit, style, emotional range and anything approaching even the smallest iota of intellectual or musical interest, Mr. Abbott was part of a generation that has confused sputum with art and involuntary reflex actions with emotion.

De gustibus non disputandem est. Matters of taste are not subject to argument. That has been a general principle of aesthetics for some time, and when we are talking about the visceral preference for Mozart or Haydn or Beethoven among civilized human beings we are on pretty safe ground. I do not understand exactly why I prefer Haydn to my good friend who prefers Beethoven. But we both agree (as do all civilized human beings) that both Messrs. Haydn and Beethoven are numerous steps further along the evolutionary trail than Dimebag Abbott.

Here is one area in which conservatives have failed and failed miserably. Whether it is out of a lack of interest or despair, conservatives for too long have ceded the entire field of aesthetics to the trust fund red babies of the blue states. And look at what this has brought us. So-called heavy metal music, so-called rap music, operas and stage plays in which modern "stagings" reduce Verdi and Shakespeare to the condition of a schizophrenic's finger paintings. Leftist domination in the visual arts has made a mockery of the aesthetic greatness of modernism and replaced it with the turd encased in Lucite. And the grammatically-challenged racist rantings of Amiri Baraka now pass for poetry.

However, we conservatives should not confuse family values with aesthetics. In the realm of art, our evangelical brethren have many crimes to answer for. When a church replaces Bach with Bacharach it has engaged in the aesthetic rape of the liturgy. Just because one has good intentions and approaches the numinous with "sincerity" and "authenticity" (the latter term ironically being a buzzword among the Marxist aestheticians of the Frankfurt School), that does not absolve one from aesthetic responsibility.

As far as I am concerned, those who advocate a dumbed-down liturgy and schlocky pop music substitutes for Bach, Handel and the masses of the Renaissance, are as offensive as the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and his perverse sexual politics.

Part of the hard work of civilization is teaching young to be able to distinguish between the good and the bad in all aspects of life. If we teach our young children to obey the 10 Commandments and to obey the laws of the land, but don't teach them to realize that Johann Sebastian Bach is superior to Dimebag Abbott, we have failed as parents and mentors. If a person has gone through 12 or 13 years of education and has not developed an appreciation for the greatest artistic achievements of mankind, that education has been an utter failure.

While laissez-faire is the correct approach to economics it has no place in the realm of aesthetics or morality. A confidant civilization imposes its morality and aesthetics on it young people. Yes, you heard it right. We impose. The Rousseauian noble savage is a myth. Left unchecked and untutored the savage will never attain nobility.

There are those who will accuse me of elitism. And I admit it. I am a conservative elitist. I want the very best. The very best form of government, the very best of civilizations, the very best educational system, the very best literature and art, the very best music, the very best way of life. If I need open heart surgery I want to go to an elite heart surgeon.

Mediocrity is the goal of socialism. Americans should aspire to greatness.

In the past forty years, conservatives have won great victories in the political, economic and moral realms, but we stand to throw all our gains away if we do not reclaim ascendancy in the aesthetic realm as well.

And while the murder of even a semi-human barbarian like Mr. Abbott is tragic and to be lamented, it would be wrong to ignore Mr. Abbott's complicity in contributing to the soul-deadening culture of death, ugliness, depravity and inhumanity that spawned his killer.

Hugo von Hofmannsthal once remarked that "all powerful imaginations are conservative." It is time for conservatives to utilize their imaginations and reclaim the field of aesthetics from the left-that is, while there is still something left in the aesthetic realm worth reclaiming.

Iconoclast contributing editor William E. Grim is a writer who lives in Germany and is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He may be reached at wgrim@myrealbox.com

saying that metal caused his death and calling him and metal fans barbaric
at least he left his email
#3
Yeah I've read that. I don't even like Dimebag, but that writer is pretty lost. Just let idiots be idiots.
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I bet you 20 dollars that the email address (1) is just an email address (2) to collect active email addresses (3) to put on a spam list.
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#11
I have never heard any Pantera songs, but even so, this guy clearly doesn't understand the term "music."
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#12
Wow what a douchebag but I bet BGSM is right it is a guy who was trying to get a spam list so he wrote something provocative to get people to write him anyways if this is real then well let opinions be opinions no matter how wrong I mean thats freedom you can say what you want but so can others.
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#13
i've never heard Pantera, but that's stupid. heavy metal is one of THE best types of music, imho. classical is okay, and i love concert music, which is orchestral, but i like metal better than actual classical in most cases.
#14
The article is called "Aesthetics of Hate"
Machine Head wrote a song in response to the article which pretty much sums up what I have to say about this guy
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#17
God, I swear. If I ever met that man I would show him what it means to be barbaric, I would kick his ****ing throat in.
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#18
Machine Head wrote Aesthetics Of Hate about that article!
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God, I swear. If I ever met that man I would show him what it means to be barbaric, I would kick his ****ing throat in.


Good job Hellish_Wolf, that's the kinda attitude that is gonna change the metalhead stereotype.
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God, I swear. If I ever met that man I would show him what it means to be barbaric, I would kick his ****ing throat in.


Yeah, but that's just what he wants you to say. He'd say that metal made you act that way and caused violence.
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#21
No, what he wrote is just ****ed up. That kind of **** pisses me off, but I guess nothing infuriates you right? Nothing causes you to speak out of anger?
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Lulz @ Gorilla on PCP.
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He's an eloquent b@stard, I'll give him that.
He is, and it's a shame he uses such loquaciousness to spout bull****.

I never cared for Pantera, or any of the bands Dimebag Darrell Abbott was involved. His guitar style, particularly his tone, was frankly ear-rending at times. I don't actually listen to all that much metal. But the conclusions he's drawing about the culture of those involved in metal, no matter how much I share in his disdain for some it, are insane. This writer needs to step outside once in a while. Step off the goddamn high-horse, at least.

EDIT: Actually, I just gave that a more thorough read-through. His thoughts in general, even if he had made no mention of metal, are insane.
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#24
When people blindly stereotype like this, I lose all faith in humanity. Especially when they spew pseduo-intellectuall bull**** such as this. His level of complete ignorance is simply disgusting. In all honesty, I think he should be proud though; he is the most ignorant person on this planet full of ignorant people. What a triumph.

That being said, I've never actually been a fan of Dimebag's music.
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#25
I dont know how people can just sit there and spew bull**** out of there mouths like that. This world is full of close-minded ignorant people like that, and everytime i read an article like that, my mind just fills up with more anger and frustation, but i guess thats why we have pot. I guess we just all have to live and let live, but its really hard to do that when not everyone wants to just let others live.
#27
De gustibus non disputandem est. Matters of taste are not subject to argument. That has been a general principle of aesthetics for some time, and when we are talking about the visceral preference for Mozart or Haydn or Beethoven among civilized human beings we are on pretty safe ground. I do not understand exactly why I prefer Haydn to my good friend who prefers Beethoven. But we both agree (as do all civilized human beings) that both Messrs. Haydn and Beethoven are numerous steps further along the evolutionary trail than Dimebag Abbott.


That does not even make sense. Of course taste is subject to argument! I can't tell you how much this pisses me off. This is just some asshole conservative Christian acting as though he's perfect, and using it as an excuse to sh*t on a man's grave and call his mourners retards and say that they are ugly.

If I ever meet this guy, I'll show him what barbaric means.
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He meant that taste is so subjective, that it is impossible to have a logical arguement with a certain answer. Tastes are argued extensively, but only to change someone else's opinion to match yours; not, as you might think, to establish what is a certain fact.

As for his assertion that Beethoven and Haydn are more musically evolved than Pantera, in a sense, he is correct. Pantera's music is based on the same theory and techniques that Beethoven's was; those that blues and jazz musicians sometimes seem to think they invented.

However, that is not the point of music, though of course, opinion on the point of an art form is also subjective and technically impossible to debate .
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#29
^I guess I was just too pissed off that someone could be such an asshole to really think about it. I assumed he meant that taste is objective, and that he thought that his opinion was the only corect one.

The guy is concieted enough that it would surprise me if he did though.
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#31
Which just goes to show, how stupid intelligent people can be.
According to BS statistics, 92% of teens have moved on to rap. If you're among the 8% who doesn't consider rap to be real music, donate your brains, as you clearly aren't using them.
#32
The guy that wrote this article seriously needs help.
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#33
well metal isn't supposed to be "accepted" by the average person anyway. thats what makes metal so awesome.
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Iconoclast contributing editor William E. Grim is a writer who lives in Germany and is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He may be reached at wgrim@myrealbox.com

saying that metal caused his death and calling him and metal fans barbaric
at least he left his email

F*ck him, all that psychology sort of crap is all bullsh*t, f*cking psychology crap.

They say that people that listen to metal are depressed or frustrated people, um, maybe it hasn't occurred to them that they actually might like the music?

It's these kind of people that are destroying society these days
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The article is called "Aesthetics of Hate"
Machine Head wrote a song in response to the article which pretty much sums up what I have to say about this guy


+1

Great song, too.