Heavy Metal Fans Take Aim At UK Census

Metal fans in the UK are seeking to make it official with a Facebook campaign to have Heavy Metal recognized as a religion on the upcoming UK Census.

Heavy Metal Fans Take Aim At UK Census
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Ozzy Osbourne once sang Rock n roll is my religion and my law. Now metal fans in the United Kingdom are seeking to make it official with a Facebook campaign to have Heavy Metal recognized as a religion on the upcoming UK Census. Almost 35,000 fans have signed on to the campaign so far, all dedicated to designating Heavy Metal as their religion on their census forms, which are being delivered to every household in the UK. The campaign was largely inspired by the 2001 Census, in which a grassroots protest against the inclusion of a question about religion resulted Jedi being ranked as the 4th-largest religious faith in the UK. Saxon frontman Biff Byford believes the Force is with the campaign to get Heavy Metal on the 2011 Census, and has signed on as a supporter of the effort. He asks fans: Are you a defender of the faith? Do you throw the horns more often than you put your hands together? Then join our campaign to let the UK Census and the whole world know it. Metal was created here so it must be in the gene pool in the UK, I think!, says Byford. In the early 80s there was a huge number of great bands and we were all part of the same club, whatever we called ourselves, whether it was heavy rock, rock'n'roll or heavy metal, it made no difference. There was just this huge following of over a million people in the UK and now it's happening all over again! Getting heavy metal recognised as a religion is a great bit of rebellion, isn't it? This really is going to be a very cool thing. You can add your voice to the campaign by liking the Facebook page here, or filling out your Census forms by March 27th if you live in the UK.

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    loaded_
    People who are going like 'Durrr metal is stupid, this is retarded' have no sense of humor and fail to see the true point of this thing.
    themetalpig
    \o/ wrote: At the end of the day, 'metalheads' are just following a fad, like their friends, same as most other people. Try being yourselves.
    Don't worry buddy, you are unique...just like everybody else.
    link no1
    \o/ wrote: Oh, and the people who're saying being a 'metalhead' is about individuality etc. Yes, i'm sure if you listened to hip hop you'd have long hair, viking beard and would dress like a tramp and play a guitar. At the end of the day, 'metalheads' are just following a fad, like their friends, same as most other people. Try being yourselves.
    I listen to hip-hop, I have long hair, a 'viking beard' and 'dress like a tramp' as you so nicly put it. Also all my friends have short hair and wear tracksuits. Where is your argument now, Dumbass.
    Eifler121 wrote: Heavy Metal= bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Death Klok, I dont' support this Hevy Metal=Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, I do.
    Heavy Metal = Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden Hard Rock = Led Zeppelin Death metal = Dethklok (no space between deth and klok) Metalcore = Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium Before you throw what is and isn't Heavy Metal around learn what the genres of the bands you are calling sh*t (i.e "I dont' support this") are. Also Avenged Sevenfold and Trivium DO also come under Heavy Metal for both bands newer matirial.
    Khalma
    No one is actually trying to make it a real religion. Why are people so thick... Each one of these comments saying how sad or stupid or idiotic these people are for doing this makes me die a little. But at the same time, at least I know who to avoid correspondence with in the future. All of this went way over your heads.
    fader198
    No one is actually trying to make it a real religion. Why are people so thick... Each one of these comments saying how sad or stupid or idiotic these people are for doing this makes me die a little. But at the same time, at least I know who to avoid correspondence with in the future. All of this went way over your heads.
    The person or group of people that started it meant it as a joke I'm sure. On the other hand, you have to figure that many of the people involved now probably are strongly convicted about this. Give em an inch they'll take a mile every time.
    Khalma
    fader198 wrote: No one is actually trying to make it a real religion. Why are people so thick... Each one of these comments saying how sad or stupid or idiotic these people are for doing this makes me die a little. But at the same time, at least I know who to avoid correspondence with in the future. All of this went way over your heads. The person or group of people that started it meant it as a joke I'm sure. On the other hand, you have to figure that many of the people involved now probably are strongly convicted about this. Give em an inch they'll take a mile every time.
    Yeah maybe some of them are. On the other hand the few people I've seen or spoken to who actually did do this also regarded it as a joke too. I don't have the largest sampling of the said 35,000 people but people get up in arms about the littlest things.
    ProgJazzMath
    I'm an american and I am going to vote just in hopes it will pass and I can sit back and laugh at you guys.
    thefollower
    Why is everyone saying its rediculous - its not going to be used in religious way its just going to be legally a religion to the Uk's database. There will be place of worship unless you consider gigs such a thing and there is no mighty being unless you consider the artist at the gig to be the priest to the metal god who ever that may be. The point is - its just for laughs so just enjoy the laughs >.>. Its better than a bieber religion which a fb group could easily start.
    Laslow
    Too many people have wasted their time reading this... Why waste even more time arguing about it...?
    ChaozXxX
    If this is a serious attempt to make 'Heavy Metal' recognized as a religion, I'm embarrassed to be a metal fan. If this is an attempt to mock other religions, I'm embarrassed to be a metal fan. ... '80s disco music isn't sounding so bad right now. LOL
    CFH-For-Life
    To me, Metal maybe the greatest genre of music ever. I love it, theres so many different styles of it that it never gets old. But as far as a religion goes? No thanks, I dont need to hear people arguing about who is a "Heavy Metalist" and what it is to be one and how to be one. Metal is about individualism and expressing your self in a, more or less, aggressive way. Idk i'd hate to see Metal become something so played out and mainstream because of something so asinine and ridiculous. I could just be imagining the worst, but there are some preeeetttyyy dumb people out there that would jump at the chance to do this. I dont think it would be right, TBH
    filipe26
    What i like about these discussions is that i always see people who are more disordered than me, hehehe.
    da_
    Why is it not a religion but Christianity is? Just because other religions have been around for thousands of years and become accepted as a religion and heavy metal hasnt doesnt stop it from being a religion. religious people are religious because they believe that specific religions morals and ways of living. If you believe heavy metals ways of living and stick by them then I dont see how its any different. I have more inspiration and faith from musicians to be a good person then any "god" could ever give me. Dont say it isnt a religion without thinking why it could be one.
    thebigredjj10
    -LAW- wrote: By the way.. imo (as a metalhead) - This whole "Metal as a religion" thing is quite simply a bit of fun to us. Not only is it VERY "tongue-in-cheek" it also "sticks it to the man" through undermining common religious values; thus (hopefully) showing religion's true nature to people. Religion is entirely fictional and it is only powerful because of the masses. Which is why I worship the metal gods. Metal up yer ass!!
    Exactly, this isn't trying to make a "real" religion with gods, rules, rituals, and mythology, it's the opposite. Kind of a joke, an insult to religious folkies.
    Vypor
    Listen guys, RELIGON simply means "WAY OF LIFE" . . . Heavy metal is a WAY OF LIFE.
    herrderr
    i am right . if you don't agree with me you are nothing. my opinion is best.
    fader198
    what morons. heavy metal is all about being anti religion and law. quoting lemmy. f*ck god f*ck the devil and f*ck the church
    Metal is about thinking for yourself. Not every band in the genre is anti-religious. Metal is about having the presence of mind not to believe everything Lemmy says just because he said it, and I think he would agree. AS for the article, metal is a genre of music and a cultural force, nothing more. The fact these people want to make it a religion is quite sad. They don't get the point of being a metalhead at all.
    adstr123
    What an embarrassment to actual non-noob metalheads. And an embarrassment for my glorious country that we harbor such morons....
    Alreddyded
    Wow I hate all of you :/ Metal is not about anything. It does not hold values and can't be followed like a faith. Anyone who says 'Metal is my life' or 'I listen to metal RELIGIOUSLY' is just an idiot, let's be honest. This applies to any genre of music. Because let's face it, at the end of the day it's still just organised sound. 'Oh hey I'm a metal fan let's write heavy metal as my religion on a census' Fun. -.-
    Inimical
    john_bird_o wrote: You don't get Blues or Jazz fans wanting to be pretentious and make it a religion. There's so much masculinity in the Metal culture it's unreal. I know because I've seen, heard and met lots of the retards at music festivals over the years. People who listen to Metal religiously are just narrow minded, anal, agressive, rude people. Not as a complete generalisation, but in MOST cases.
    Hey while we're all making sweeping generalizations of diverse groups of people who identify with a subculture: People who listen to rap are criminals. People who listen to jazz are 40+ musicians who still live in their mom's basement. People who listen to blues are 50 year old bikers. I've been to a lot of music festivals that weren't metal (including a jazz festival) and saw the same behaviour. Newsflash: There are morons everywhere, and these metalheads are no exception.
    BTKA
    Lord_Doku wrote: I thought metal was about mocking society and not following the trends and all kinds of things like that, it's not a dammned religion. It just is, no rules, no exceptions, nothing else.
    Amen!
    garret718
    I don't like it. IMO it wouldn't work because some people, like me, already follow a belief system. Heavy Metal is part of my personality but it's not bigger than my religious beliefs
    makutoid
    could be any more retarded? religion is based on the belief in some kind of higher power, heavy metal is a style of music which some people choose to listen to. pretty big difference there... idiots. i'm sorry but there's no arguing, its stupid
    \o/
    pineaple expres wrote: i believe metal is a religion. we dont exactly bow to it but we believe in the music and we follow it with everything. religion is basically a belief in something rite? everyone believes in something. doesnt have to be a god. hate it all you want but i would love to see this actually hapn.
    I'm one of the biggest lovers of metal you'd ever care to meet....i dress like a normal person (because metalheads seem to think it's cool to dress like vagrants), listen to lots of pop, chart and dance music, and never ever throw the 'horns' because they're stupid. I bet i love metal more than you do and i don't 'follow it with everything' because however many people try to mark it out as a lifestyle, it's just a genre of music at the end of the day.
    \o/
    Oh, and the people who're saying being a 'metalhead' is about individuality etc. Yes, i'm sure if you listened to hip hop you'd have long hair, viking beard and would dress like a tramp and play a guitar. At the end of the day, 'metalheads' are just following a fad, like their friends, same as most other people. Try being yourselves.
    Eifler121
    Heavy Metal= bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Death Klok, I dont' support this Hevy Metal=Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, I do.
    thewho65
    It's official: apparently, the U.K. is a nation of trolls. -Your Humble American Correspondent
    Pan-Tallica
    TyM218 wrote: Heavy metal is neither a religion or a genre of music IMO.
    Eh? You're entitled to your opinion and everything lol, but how is it not a genre...? A bold statement, my friend - you better getcha flame shield ready.
    AEnesidem
    How many stupid people can post in 1 thread They arent trying to make heavy metal a real religion they just want to be on the damned list to kind of insult christianity and such and if its useless well ok but what do you care if they think its fun let them do it . Ok some metal fans irritate me in their way of thinking like: "metal is the only music" but this is just sort of joke to mOck religions
    mitch311
    It's kind of funny. Why are you people calling them idiots, whats the big deal?
    zomgwtfhaxx
    link no1 wrote: \o/ wrote: Oh, and the people who're saying being a 'metalhead' is about individuality etc. Yes, i'm sure if you listened to hip hop you'd have long hair, viking beard and would dress like a tramp and play a guitar. At the end of the day, 'metalheads' are just following a fad, like their friends, same as most other people. Try being yourselves. I listen to hip-hop, I have long hair, a 'viking beard' and 'dress like a tramp' as you so nicly put it. Also all my friends have short hair and wear tracksuits. Where is your argument now, Dumbass. Eifler121 wrote: Heavy Metal= bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Death Klok, I dont' support this Hevy Metal=Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, I do. Heavy Metal = Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden Hard Rock = Led Zeppelin Death metal = Dethklok (no space between deth and klok) Metalcore = Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium Before you throw what is and isn't Heavy Metal around learn what the genres of the bands you are calling sh*t (i.e "I dont' support this") are. Also Avenged Sevenfold and Trivium DO also come under Heavy Metal for both bands newer matirial.
    he does realize dethklok is a joke band right, from a tv show, and that hevy isnt a real word, ****ing idiots
    p_a_morgan
    Cowless wrote: To the people saying that Heavy Metal is all about being anti-religion and law... Where the hell did you get that? So many Heavy Metal musicians are religious (even Varg Vikernes is a pagan of sorts) that making that statement makes you look stupid.
    I couldn't agree more. How does heavy metal music imply that it is about being anti-religious? Black Sabbath created metal and they were all Christians. In fact, most of their lyrics are biblical. Some of my favorite metal bands (and they are very metal) are specifically Christian bands. Becoming The Archetype, The Showdown, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Demon Hunter and many many more. If any kind of music is anti-everything, it's Punk and Punk is dead..so why I am talking about it?
    AzzyAsbourne
    DecaPodge wrote: s-o-u-l-f-l-y wrote: Sweet Laddio wrote: Seriously it's a joke... I bet 90% of people who think it's stupid are Americans! People who are going to put 'Heavy Metal' as their religion are doing it for a laugh, they're not sad enough to write a book of Heavy Metal or any stuff like that. Maybe it's just us Brits who like to have fun? Agreed. Do you people who are saying "it's stupid" even get the concept of satire? It's a joke! 4 teh lulz. It's not about establishing a faith wherein we would have to abandon certain subgenres of Metal etc. It's about undermining the census. That's why people did the Jedi thing last year. Why do you think they want you to fill out a census? They want to know where the highest concentration of Asian Catholics earning under 25,000 live in the UK. Come along, let's not get serious about this. It is simply a joke. I think you'll find most people behind this are atheists or agnostics. I'm Atheist AND British. Explain that one Sherlock.
    U LIE!
    andyscoot
    -LAW- wrote: I absolutely love reading these comments; "idiots" "morons" "I hate metalheads" etc... As a metalhead - I can say that this is exactly what we want in many ways. Metal is larger than life. It's us vs the world. Through making metal a "relgion" we are mocking everyone and anyone that takes a dislike to it. We are and always have been outsiders. Many will never understand us, nor do we want you to. You will never have the enjoyment or pride that we have. This metal as a religion thing is simply a bit of fun. I love the fact that people spout off about spiritualism and ways of life... when really. We're just having a larf! So to all you non-metallers out there.. whyyy soooo seeeeriouss? metal up yer ass!
    Mr. Dragon
    This just shows that metal is just an act instead of music, lost faith in metal years ago.