Too Heavy To Hug #666

Too Heavy To Hug #666

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Is it just me or are people getting dumber by the day? Last issue I mentioned Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington’s threat against people who call the band’s newest release a sell out and now this issue I can’t go past mentioning Kathy Griffin’s recent attempt to deflect hate aimed at her to metal bands.

If you didn’t know, Kathy tried to be all relevant, attention seeking and edgy with her Trump severed head photo shoot which landed her in all sorts of trouble. Then, she apologized. Then her lawyer and her held a press conference where they basically said that it’s okay for artists Marilyn Manson, GWAR and Municipal Waste to use violent imagery against Trump and Trump-like figures in their clips and on their shirts. If that wasn’t desperate enough, Kathy’s lawyer even went stupidly further in desperation and attempted to play the gender card by essentially saying the above mentioned bands can get away with it because they’re considered bad boys (but hey, now we all know a desperate Kathy Griffin will say any stupid shit just to dig herself out of the hole she dug herself into).

Here’s some news for you Kathy: countless metal bands have been using violent, anti-social, anti-political imagery across all forms of publicity material for decades now. I, on behalf of the metal community, would invite you to join our community if you wish to participate in this kind of behaviour but, we don’t really take in complete desperate attention seeking morons like yourself. Looks like you’ll have to weather this storm by yourself while the above mentioned bands and others like them will continue to get away with this behaviour not because of gender but because compared to pop culture (which you’re not a part of), we reside underground.

In other news:

Frankenbok with special guests Dreadnaught and Superheist will play Melbourne’s Croxton Bandroom on Friday June 16.

Arcadea will release their self titled debut album on Friday June 16.

Entrails will release their new album World Enferno on Friday June 16.

Igorrr will release their new album Savage Sinusoid on Friday June 16.

Dragonforce will play 170 Russell on Wednesday June 21.

Dying Fetus will release their new album Wrong One To Fuck With on Friday June 23.

Goatwhore will release their new album Vengeful Ascension on Friday June 23.

Primordial will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday July 7.

Frankenbok will release their new album Vicious, Lawless on Friday July 14.

Thy Art Is Murder will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday July 29.

Geelong doomgaze outfit Mountaris recently signed to US label Transcending Records and will release their debut EP Desolate in August.

King and special guests Blackhelm will be at Melbourne’s Evelyn on Friday August 25, and great news for Geelong’s live music scene, The Barwon Club on Saturday August 26.

Tool tribute band Third Eye will be at Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on Saturday August 26.

Ministry and Filter will be at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Saturday September 30.

Anathema will play 170 Russell on Wednesday December 6.

Paradise Lost will be at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Saturday December 16.

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

Written by Paul S Taylor.