I have to be honest. I don’t know anything about Croatia. But apparently the descendants of Tipper Gore and the PMRC have a stronghold there, and a gentleman by the name of Krunoslav Žažar is their leader. His website, the http://www.heavymetal-thetruth.com is an uber-christian essay on the dangers of heavy metal, complete with pages dedicated to some of metal’s most notorious proponents of the Dark Lord, such as Dark Funeral, Grand Belial’s Key, Mayhem and uh, Gates of Enoch, whoever the hell that is. The list is far from complete; Glen Benton and Deicide are especially conspicuous by their absence.
Mr. Žažar does not discriminate. Hollywood satanists such as Venom, Ozzy Osbourne and Dimmu Borgir sit next to real deal bands like Watain and Acheron. His research isn’t always the best, as evidenced by the entry on Marilyn Manson:
Last time I checked, it had been established that Manson’s influence on the Columbine shooters was nothing more than an invention of the news media. His entry on Krieg features lyrics for the song “Satanic Blood, which is actually by VON (Krieg covered it on a live album). Of course, you can’t have what amounts to a right-wing, pro-censorship website without a little misinformation to scare the faithful. Somewhere, the ex-Mrs. Gore is smiling.
To combat this storm of the antichrist, Mr. Žažar offers some links to a variety of christian metal websites. I was disappointed to discover that a link to “The Metal for Jesus Page” does not work. And no mention of Antestor? In clicking on a few of the other links I discovered that there is apparently a whole world of this stuff that I never knew existed, bands with names like Lordchain, 7 Days and Testify. Apparently, christianity even has it’s own glam metal bands. They look like this:
Indeed, Mr. Žažar’s little website is also a portal to some sort of bizarro-world. A world where the symbols of metal are bibles and crucifixes instead of skulls and pentagrams. I wonder if he actually listens to christian metal, or if he is merely trying offer an alternative to youths caught in the grip of “satanic black metal”. According to The Metal Archives, Croatia has at least 281 metal bands, so he’s got his work cut out for him.
Unfortunately, heavymetal-thetruth.com offers absolutely no contact information. I can imagine Mr. Žažar’s concern about receiving death threats from all the little faux-satanists out there. Personally I’d love to interview him, or at the very least introduce him to Deicide. Mr. Žažar, if you’re reading this, please get in touch.
[note: special thanks to Mr. Nathan T. Birk for posting this site on facebook and bringing it to my attention]