Metalhead priest combines his passions for thrash metal and God. The outcome? Heavy metal church, of course.
Posted on Feb 15, 2013 03:40 pm
Remember that metal couple wedding we've posted recently? Well, if those two were ever to renew their vows, we have just the place.
Mark Broomhead, a minister in the Church of England has an impressive thrash metal past behind him. With his band Seventh Angel he toured the world and shared a record label with metal giants such as Metallica and Slayer. Now you might think that a minister wouldn't mention such a past that much, or would even try to hide it, but not Broomhead. He is now the vicar of the Order Of The Black Sheep, a heavy metal church in Chesterfield, UK. As uncompromising as his favorite music genre, the church focuses on uniting followers through their love of metal, being 'as uncomfortable as possible for people who'd go to an ordinary church' at the same time.
The church is located in a converted beauty salon with the walls painted black for getting the whole metal vibe properly. The service lasts mere several minutes and features video clips and an electro soundtrack. With heavy metal recently recognized as a religion in the UK, the church of metal seems like a logical continuation.
"I was brought up in a charismatic, happy clappy church, and I honestly wish I hadn't been. There's no standing around here, listening to someone waffle on. I'm into really heavy metal. The more dark and twisted the better", church member Rees Monteiro tells BBC.
Karl Thornley, who even brings his children to the services, calls the traditional Church 'quite difficult' and prefers the Order Of The Black Sheep instead.
"I'm not a very conventional person, and found the traditional Church quite difficult. I think there's a growing disconnect between the Church of England and what people can relate to."
So is this metal or what? Would you consider going to such a church or did Broomhead take things a bit too far? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.