Dealing with the dark side, and allowing excess and anarchy for a day can teach Anglicans a thing or two apparently…

(Israeli metallers Orphaned Land, who spoke to about faith and religion issues here).

According to The Daily Telegraph, The Rev Rachel Mann (who’s a metal fan) has said that:

“The music’s willingness to deal with nihilistic and, on occasion, extremely unpleasant subjects seems to offer its fans a space to accept others in a way that shames many Christians.

“Metal’s refusal to repress the bleak and violent truths of human nature liberates its fans to be more relaxed and fun people”.

Interesting stuff (see the link above for the full story), but metal heads are a pretty diverse bunch really. Obviously most are relaxed and fun at a gig, but are we all fun and relaxed at work, school etc? I’m not so sure.

The article also quotes:

She says metal festivals such as Sonisphere, where she saw Iron Maiden play last month, are modern versions of the Feast of Fools held in England in the middle ages, where “excess and anarchy” were allowed for a day.

There is definitely something very primal about going mental at a festival, in a field, in the countryside, so I can certainly believe it springs from the same impulse.

But I wonder if she saw the kid I saw at Sonisphere wearing a t-shirt with a cartoon Jesus graphically nailed to the cross with the slogan “If you’re Jesus and you know it clap your hands” written across the top? And what she would have thought about it.

This vaguely reminds me of the last time The Telegraph spoke of such things, when it reported a study showing that Heavy metal is ‘a comfort for the bright child’. Clearly that story was completely accurate, I mean, you’re bright enough to be reading a site like aren’t you? So it must have been.