Slayer: 'We're Part Of The Fabric Of America'

Tom Araya says metal has become ingrained in American culture, and people are more accepting of it as an art form than they used to.

Slayer: 'We're Part Of The Fabric Of America'
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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."

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    HaveSomeGlue
    Hardcoregamer16 wrote: how is metal accepted, when yesterday there was a story about a couple not being able to get a nice apt. because the guy plays in a metal band. metal is still looked downed on and close minded *****s think every metalhead is a crimial, even though people who listen to Rap are much worse. they shoot each other and kids end getting killed in crossfire
    You just said that generalizing people who listen to a specific type of music is wrong and close minded, and then you preceded to generalize people who listen to a specific type of music.
    UniformRecon
    I think that they should make one of the 50 stars on the American flag a pentagram in honor of Slayer. \m/
    fivebizebeavers
    Are people more accepting? Generally yes. Unless you are in texas, here where I live metal still gets a lot of s**t.
    Blume
    I prefer the rebellious side of metal....don't care if it is accepted or not.
    TheExterminator
    Could this be why Metal has been going down the shitter since the 90s? More people liking it, less people actually getting it? Metal has been a fringe genre since it began. It has never been accepted. Every time it has ever even flirted with mainstream attention, the only thing that has happened is some crappy trend genre jumped on the Metal label (Glam, Nu-Metal, Metal/Deathcore, etc.) and washed it over with a wave of horrible bands.
    METAL_MAN135
    metallica-#1 wrote: It's like you're basically saying every Italian isn't in the Mofia but everyone in the Mofia is Italian
    You are aware that only people with Italian heritage can be in the Mafia?
    Hardcoregamer16
    how is metal accepted, when yesterday there was a story about a couple not being able to get a nice apt. because the guy plays in a metal band. metal is still looked downed on and close minded *****s think every metalhead is a crimial, even though people who listen to Rap are much worse. they shoot each other and kids end getting killed in crossfire
    Hardcoregamer16
    so u r saying that people who run around pretending to be thugs and carrying guns dont listen to Rap? i am not close mineded, i know not everyone that listens to Rap is a thug, but am i wrong?
    metallica-#1
    Hardcoregamer16 wrote: so u r saying that people who run around pretending to be thugs and carrying guns dont listen to Rap? i am not close mineded, i know not everyone that listens to Rap is a thug, but am i wrong?
    Yeah. It's like you're basically saying every Italian isn't in the Mofia but everyone in the Mofia is Italian
    iommi600
    "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.'
    Suprises me, since he's from Chile and South America still gives a lot of shit to metal music. Anyway...
    CeeJay33
    when I was first getting into metal like megadeth, judas priest and so on my parents said it was just 'noise' and wasn't music at all because it wasn't there generation (atleast i thought). years and years I still cannot get past my initial response to slayer "This shit is just ****in noise man" dont hate on me lol I just wanted to say erm... **** slayer =]
    tennesseehild
    metallica-#1 wrote: Hardcoregamer16 wrote: so u r saying that people who run around pretending to be thugs and carrying guns dont listen to Rap? i am not close mineded, i know not everyone that listens to Rap is a thug, but am i wrong? Yeah. It's like you're basically saying every Italian isn't in the Mofia but everyone in the Mofia is Italian
    Actually that is one of the requirements is to prove your italian lineage
    tennesseehild
    Compared to other sh*t out there, namely post-hardcore, Slayer has become "easy-listening music" That is why Slayer finds the popularity they do now amongst youth... in my opinion. They are still intense, too intense for mainstream but atleast they're not noise
    Camron62\m/
    people are too close-minded and/or impatient to accept metal. i mean, people do, but don't like it. but yes it's stereotyped all the time by stupid people that listen to crappy pop where every song sounds the same and is terribly written most of the time.
    Camron62\m/
    and getting metal mixed with post-hardcore or what ignorant people call it all "screamo" pisses me off as well. but what can you do...
    Finn666
    Hardcoregamer16 wrote: how is metal accepted, when yesterday there was a story about a couple not being able to get a nice apt. because the guy plays in a metal band. metal is still looked downed on and close minded *****s think every metalhead is a crimial, even though people who listen to Rap are much worse. they shoot each other and kids end getting killed in crossfire
    The other story took place in CANADA. Arya is talking about AMERICA as in the USA, there is your answer.