Tuesday, October 19

Hell Bent for Metal: The Podcast For LGBTQ Rock Fans – Featuring ‘Horny German Werewolves’ | Metal


Back in November, the Hell Bent for the metal podcast (HBFM) released its first episode, called Gay Satanic Love Songs. If you’re worried they’ve played their trump card too early, this was followed by an issue titled BDSM Gear and Black Metal, and another called Horny German Werewolves.

It quickly became clear what you were getting: it’s gay, it’s heavy metal, and it’s really, really fun. As a fan of gay rock, the hope of HBFM founder and co-host Tom Dare was to be visible to other lovers of LGBTQ + heavy music and to offer a queer perspective that he felt was lacking in a scene still plagued by homophobia. .

In one episode, they talk about July from the Swedish band Katatonia, a song whose gender-neutral lyrics sound louder to him than the usual heteronormative love songs. At the other end of the spectrum is “Kings of Metal” Manowar in loincloth, covered in the Joey DeMaio episode Budgie Smugglers, named after the amateur bassist’s tight boxer shorts. “I know some people think that Manowar looks gay, but I can be more specific about it,” he says. “I can say, ‘This part looks gay, and that part looks gay, and those boots … ‘”He laughs.” Basically, metal is fucking gay. “

Tom Dare.
Tom Dare. Photography: PR

But as Dare knows himself, it can also be a lonely scene. “Before I started, I knew there were other gay metal fans out there, but I didn’t know who, I knew three other people,” he says. The list of gay artists you could invite to the show isn’t long, either. After naming Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, the most obvious and iconic gay star in metal (“He’s not just gay, he’s ‘I like to wear chaps with no ass,’ gay,” says Dare), most of the fans would probably have a hard time naming a second.

Hence the podcast, a flash point for fans to find each other. I wish something like that had existed for him at 18. At the same time, he hopes that all metal fans will hear and understand some of the least heard voices on the scene.

For this, HBFM is loaded with “humor, optimism and positivity”, to celebrate the good. “I don’t want to talk about homophobia,” says Dare. “It is awful!” But he felt there was no choice but to react to him, in an episode bluntly called Internet Metal Homophobia Problem, recorded after the announcement of Man on Man’s debut album, founded by Faith No More gay keyboardist Roddy Bottum.

“Having someone from a band like Faith No More say, ‘I’m going to make a record about how I like to fuck my boyfriend,’ for the gay community it’s like, ‘Yeah! At last! ‘”Says Dare. “We’ve had all these years of Mötley Crüe and that nonsense, now we finally have something that we can look at and not think, ‘That’s not for us.

Roddy Bottum, keyboardist for Faith No More
Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum, whose new band Man on Man has sparked a homophobic backlash Photograph: Olly Curtis / Future / Rex / Shutterstock

But beyond that gay community, seeing two men hugging in the video for Man on Man’s 1983 single sparked a different reaction. In the comment section of a news release on the Blabbermouth website, people wrote, “You can post the story without the images … not against what you’re doing, but come on”; “How many times is it possible for one to vomit in his own mouth?”; “Gross gross gross”.

Many in the metal scene are proud of its inclusion, including Dare, who calls it a place for “misfits and fish out of water looking for a home,” including himself. But he has also heard a lot of comments like this at concerts. Some of this he attributes to ignorance, “bad temper” and “poorly chosen vernacular” – the mouth working before the brain – and says that most people, after a short talk, would light up. But online displays like the reaction to Man on Man are sadly too common. “We couldn’t just ignore it and say it doesn’t matter, because we saw it and it does matter,” says Dare. “You can develop thick skin, but they still cut you.”

This is something Halford, who came out of the closet in 1997 after more than 25 years in the public eye, has also recently commented on. “We keep talking about sexual orientation, skin color or, ‘My religion is better than yours,'” he told Kerrang. magazine. “You would think that people would have left after such a long time. Now that I’m moving through my heavy metal OAP years, I thought a lot would be gone by now. And it’s a shame. “

For Dare, Hell Bent for Metal is about closing those gaps, without “complaining and telling people to eat their veggies. The best way to start cutting those things off is to have a voice that says: We’re a part of metal too. “And really, isn’t Horny German Werewolves or Gay Satanic Love Songs metal?” We’re about fucking heavy metal. “He reiterates.” Only with a slightly more flaccid wrist. “




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