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I once tried to get religious – this is what happened


With religion in the news (just for a change) I thought it’d be an opportune time to do something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, and that is to turn an exchange of emails I had with the UK’s Office Of National Statistics, regarding the classification of religions (or not) in the national census results, into a blog.

During the lead-up to the 2011 UK Census, Metal Hammer magazine spearheaded a campaign to get heavy metal officially recognised as a religion, by encouraging its readers to enter that as their religion on their census forms. Personally, I needed no such campaign. I intended to state heavy metal as my religion anyway, for two reasons: Read the rest of this entry »


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Metalcamp 2011: HU! HA!

Powerwolf are one band that both Ash want to see. Neither of us knows much about them though. The main draw, for me at least, is their name. It has everything you could want from a metal band name – power and wolves. That’s kind of like the band naming equivalent of a meal of bacon and ham.

We head for the main stage about fifteen minutes before they’re due on and it doesn’t seem like many Metalcampers are as interested as we are. Maybe they’re no good? I do see an encouraging sign though – among the people that are here waiting for Powerwolf the ratio of Manowar T-shirts is noticeably high.

I also spot a couple of people wearing Powerwolf T-shirts, emblazoned on the back with the slogan ‘METAL IS RELIGION’. Brilliant. I have the feeling I’m going to enjoy this… and I’m right. Read the rest of this entry »

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