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Does metal take itself too seriously?

Michael Starr of Steel Panther has a laugh with Avatar’s Johannes Eckerström

Is metal as po-faced as people say it is? Michael Starr spends his days singing about drugs, sex and STDs, while Johannes Eckerström conducts his own heavy metal circus. We chat to the Steel Panther and Avatar frontmen about the art of keeping the fun in heavy music – and why you should never call either group a gimmick band.

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