Too Heavy to Hug #632

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Too Heavy to Hug #632

Welcome to THTH, Forte’s premier source of all things heavy, hard, fast and metal. Since when did the metal community become such a precious bunch of, well, precious kids? At this year’s Dimebash a drunken Phil Anselmo apparently shouted “white power” and after making a Nazi­like gesture on stage. Anselmo then claimed it was a joke, then came out and issued a video apology. Then, I dunno, some Down gig got cancelled and then Anselmo wrote some post about how Down should move on without him, then Pepper Keenan from Down wrote another post and accepted Phil’s apology. This is the sort of public display via the internet kids probably do, and this is the sort of internet back and forth mothers in mothers groups on Facebook probably do.

Let me say if someone wants to be racist for real, or as a joke, then that’s up to them but it’s not up to the likes of Robb Flynn to jump on his high horse on social media behind the guy’s back and rant about it for minutes on end – which is exactly what he did which kicked this whole thing off.

Everyone knows Phil can be a drunken dick at times and talk shit, but if he wants to make an even bigger dick of himself by being racist in any capacity, then let him. Besides, the feud between Robb Flynn and Phil Anselmo, or the feud between anyone and Phil Anselmo, will always continue and the metal community doesn’t need people “calling out” others for their stupidity. Here I was thinking our community was better than those childish sorts of communities.

In other news

Brisbane pirate metallers LagerStein are setting sail across the nation and will play Melbourne’s Bendigo Hotel on Friday February 19, Bendigo’s Music Man Megastore on Saturday February 20, Geelong’s Barwon Club on Sunday February 21 and Warrnambool’s The Loft on Monday February 22.

The Sword will be at Max Watts on Monday February 22.

AlithiA, Jack The Stripper and Anember will play Cherry Bar on Saturday February 27.

Between The Buried And Me will play 170 Russell on Monday February 29.

From Ashes To New will release their Day One album on Friday March 4.

Buckcherry will play 170 Russell on Monday March 14.

Sun 0))) will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Wednesday March 16.

Spiritual Beggars will release their new album Sunrise To Sundown on Friday March 18.

Sevendust will be at 170 Russell on Friday March 18.

Amon Amarth will release their 10

I Exalt and Justice For The Damned will play Melbourne’s Bang on Saturday March 26

(18+) and an all ages show at Wrangler on Sunday March 27.

Black Stone Cherry will release their fifth album Kentucky on Friday April 1.

Deftones will release their new album Gore on Friday April 8.

Iron Maiden will be flying into Oz on their Ed Force One (piloted, of course by Bruce Dickinson). Melbourne’s show will be at Rod Laver on Saturday May 9.

Spanish thrash metallers Angelus Apatrida will play Melbourne’s Bendigo Hotel on Saturday May 28.

Death Dealer will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Monday June 12.

If you have any news about local metal bands, shows or albums, let THTH know by emailing to [email protected] or get in touch via Twitter at @TooHeavyToHug

Written by Paul S Taylor