I can still remember as 12 year old kid listening and becoming exposed to heavy metal. I’m a music freak and at that time in my life when I heard the thunderous sounds of metal I knew I had found what I had been looking for. For some reason I was drawn to the darkness, speed, and aggression.
I had been listening to Metallica for some time (still one of my all time favorite bands) when a friend of mine introduced me to Pantera. I was blown away. They were all very talented at their craft. I’ve gone back in the last 48 hours to listen to them, and they are still great.Not only were they talented, but they were very controversial at the time. Their story has been told many times over. Plagued by drug use and the untimely death of Dimebag that rocked the metal world.
I was excited last week to read on blabbermouth.net (as I do everyday) to see Dave Grohl and Robert Trujillo of Metallica playing a Motorhead cover with Phil. I watched the video and enjoyed it immensely. Not long ago after that video popped up that another video of Phil came on blabbermouth of Phil making a racist gesture and saying “white power” to the audience. Obviously wrong and bad taste, no question about it.
This obviously fired the internet up and the metal community. The heavy metal moral police have come out to share their disapproval of Phil’s conduct. Again, he was wrong and should not have done it. It wasn’t nice and it is very very offensive.
Every since the beginnings of metal the music has been very controversial. The origin of metal begins with the likes of Black Sabaath, AC/DC, and Led Zeppelin. The three of which were very controversial in there day. Read the lyrics sometime and you will see. Now we revere Ozzy, Bon Scott, and the Zeppelin boys for their contribution to music, and we should…they are awesome and always will be, in my opinion. However, they are/were controversial. Every form of art has some level of controversy. Doesn’t justify it. It’s just true.
Should we expect anything less of an artist? I may be wrong. Seriously I might be.
Back to Phil:
Phil apologized. You can see the video here.
Was his apology sincere? I don’t know. I’m just wondering what does Phil have to do to atone for his sin?
As I think about myself I can’t help but notice that most of my sins are in secret. Unfortunately, for Phil his sins have been in public and he has now under public judgement from his peers and internet trolls. What if every thought you had was made public. I would be in a lot of trouble. I say stupid stuff daily and I’m glad not a lot of people here it. It is different when you are on stage. Again, what he did was wrong, but my point is in the words of Phil, “I’m broken.”
All of us are broken. Phil’s broken.
It’s easy for us to be armchair quarterbacks as we watch Phil’s mistakes unfold. Again, what does someone like Phil do to atone?
As a person of faith I look at what my faith teaches me. “there is therefore now no condemnation.” Phil isn’t condemned, and neither are you. Phil is loved and so are you.
I will close with a few lines from Pantera’s songs
In the states
There’s a problem with race
Because of ignorant past burned fires
Taught when we’re young to hate one another
It’s time to have a new reign of power