The 5 Most Controversial Moments in Metal

In the world of metal, controversy is never too far away. Whether it be Marilyn Manson touted as the cause of the Columbine massacre (apparently, the shooters were listening to his music just minutes before the horrific event) or Ozzy Osborne biting a dead bat’s heads off on stage, metal has continued to shock the world’s more conservative people. Quite rightly so, as well. It’s likely that not all claims are true bit then some of the songs don’t really help their case. Here are fiche shocking moments from the world of metal.

PMRC vs Twisted Sister

This all started when PMRC thought it would be a good idea to go after the “filthy 15” bands that included such legendary acts as Def Leppard, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, and Judas Priest. Twister Sister’s lead singer Dee Snider spoke out on this very matter. It was a golden moment by Snider who offered the world a deeper insight into metal music. What he said during that press conference was golden. His appreciable attempt turned into every metal-head’s hero.

Napster vs Metallica

Metallica wasn’t happy with Napster due to the fact that fans could now access music free of charge. They didn’t like that it would affect their net worth. They earned money through their albums but now fans could just choose to listen to their music without having to pay, which would ultimately cost the band money. They even filed a case against Napster to get their way but things didn’t turn out how they had hoped.

Dimebag Darrell killed

Dimebag, among one of the most successful and influential guitarists in metal and the lead guitarist in one the sexiest bands, Pantera, was shot dead by a contract killer. The reason for, along with the details of the shooting remain a mystery. There is some evidence to suggest, however, that Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo was responsible for Dimebag’s death. The guitarist had parted ways with the band due to Anselmo’s drinking habits.

Randy Blythe and manslaughter

The lead singer of Lamb of God was accused of manslaughter. He didn’t intend to cause any harm but a tragedy still occurred. The fan was in the audience at an LoG concept and he attempted to climb onto the stage, as what happens at metal concerts. Blythe threw him back into the audience. Blythe’s actions weren’t intended to cause any harm, it’s just what happens in mosh pits. However, due to the result of his actions, Blythe was forced to pay over $500,000 USD.

Metallica/Guns N’ Roses riots

This occurred on a tour that featured both Metallica and Guns N’ Roses when the former’s riff guitarist/vocalist had suffered an injury, burning his left hand. The crowd still expected Guns N’ Roses to put on a show but frontman Axl Rose, who had a knack of staying in the limelight, didn’t help the situation when he refused to go on with the show. Frustrated crowd members decided to take matters into their own hands by breaking the stage, pelting stones, and setting posters on fire.