Jeff York reviews “The Devil’s Candy” on The Establishing Shot


How many metalheads have been warned in their youth by their worrywart parents that nothing good can come from listening to blasphemous tunes that mock authority and defy deities? I once knew one such fretful mother that she warned her children that if they listened to any songs by Alice Cooper, Metallica or Ozzy Osborne, they were inviting evil into their lives through Satan’s “siren songs.” There are legitimate satanic metal bands, but it seemed to me that most heavy metal I heard was merely rock n’ roll pushed to one end of the extreme. Nonetheless, when such music is heard today, it’s hard for most ears to disassociate it with angry, anti-establishment leanings, overt calls for hedonism, or even the suggestion of something wicked this way comes.


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