Saturday, January 15, 2011
Rant - Devil Imagery Isn't Scary
Sometime within the last 5 years or so, I have been seeing a surgence of devil and evil imagery in the artwork and sometimes lyrical content of punk and hardcore bands (note: I didn't mention metal). I have quite a few reasons why I think this is a quite stupid way to express your band or your art. Chances are you aren't evil, not one bit nor ever were. It's not too uncommon to see bands with inverted crosses on their album art, then when you see them live what do you get? Oh wow, middle class kids. Shocking. But you say:
"Hey! I have lots of books on the occult and it's something you'd never understand anyways!"
That's fine, you can be into whatever you like. However, of all the things you can scream and be pissed about in the world you choose to express darkness and evilness. Yawn. I find the promotion of evilness almost as lame as promoting religious faiths through punk or hardcore music. Others might argue:
"Hey! It's just an aesthetic anyway man, don''t take it so seriously!"
The whole use of devil imagery to shock people isn't anything new, or fresh, or anything interesting. All the dinosaur bands your parents grew up on started a lot of it. Sympathy For The Devil, man! If you are playing dress up for the show performance, you are just doing that. Will this trend end anytime soon? Probably not. We seem to be living in times where style and appearance is much more regarded than substance, and maybe the punk and hardcore bands are just a reflection of these times. I would like to think that eventually, everyone will tire of it and move unto something much more interesting.
What do you think of devil and evil imagery being portrayed in punk and hardcore music? Do you like it? Hate it? Does it appeal to you in some sort of way? If so, how and why? Does it even matter? Let me know, and comment below.