The Hosts of Last Words Ask: Should Metal Musicians Be Scary In Real Life?

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A concept that gets thrown around a lot in metal with much hilarity is ‘trueness.’ Whether or not a musician is ‘true’ determines how dedicated they are to metal, evil, and all other virtues in this crazy world. But honestly, is there anything less ‘true’ than worrying about how dark and hardcore you are? Should metal musicians be free to act like terrifying monsters onstage and then be normal people in real life?

This week, the hosts of our heavy metal talk show Last Words– Jordan Olds (Two Minutes To Late Night), Katy Irizarry (Season Of Mist), and Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves/Ex Man Podcast), and guest host Shawna Potter of War On Women–discuss whether or not it makes sense of super-scary heavy metal musicians to be normal or even kind of sweet offstage. The topic starts with Cradle of Filth’s new line of teas and goes from there.

“I had the good fortune of doing Cradle of Filth’s first-ever U.S. tour in 2001, opening up for them, so we got to know them pretty well,” says Doc Coyle, “but what makes this perfect is, they and Dani specifically are unabashedly British…he’s got a little bit of that classy, regal, tipping-the-wine thing…”

“I forgot that Cradle of Filth were British — they look like the Borg from Star Trek,” says Jordan. “It’s just funny to see that offstage, they’re posh, they want a biscuit…just when you see the real people behind gigantic metal personas. Negal from Behemoth likes acupuncture, yoga, and makes dog food.”

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