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United: Changing Attitudes Toward Homophobia In Metal

As much as we’d like to think the metal church is a place for all to worship, homophobia sadly exists. We chat to Cynic’s Paul Masvidal about how attitudes are changing.

As metalheads, it’s fair to say that we tend to pride ourselves on the unity that our music can inspire.

Often it’s second nature; from the start there is an ‘us-and-them’ stance forced upon fans when they begin growing their hair or wearing a disproportionate number 

of black t-shirts. By being active in the metal scene you are, even in a small way, embracing a counter-culture that provides an outlet and voice for both fans and artists from a wide range of cultural and personal backgrounds.But if we look a little closer, we have to acknowledge that some voices are allowed to speak more loudly than others. Historically, gender has been one issue, but the role of women has certainly improved greatly thanks to artists from Arch Enemy to Secrets Of The Moon to Within Temptation. Similarly, while metal was traditionally not just male-dominated, but white male-dominated, the apparent universality of metal has meant that other ethnicities have gradually become more visible thanks to heavy-hitters such as Sepultura, God Forbid, Mystifier, Suffocation, Animals As Leaders, Killswitch Engage, Ill Niño, Boris and Skindred.

Cynic’s Kindly Bent To Free Us is out now via Season Of Mist and Judas Priest’s Redeemer Of Souls is out now via Sony


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