Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Seattle’s Bloodhag Bridges Gap Between ‘Head- Banging’ And ‘Hungry Minds’

SEATTLE (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Death metal songs that barely last a minute may not sound like library-friendly music, but the bookworms in the band Bloodhag beg to differ.

They’ve been playing heavy metal “edu-core” for more than five years now, and their second release, Hell Bent For Letters, is a thumping, pounding homage to authors like Douglas Adams, Edgar Allen Poe and even Franz Kafka.

Bloodhag frontman Jake Stratton admits library metal is a bit out of the mainstream – especially for a style of music stereotyped as the domain of mostly male, adolescent misfits.

In Stratton’s words: “It’s only been in recent years that anyone’s considered heavy metal intellectual, and that’s usually because of technical ability.”

But he admits, “I’m no virtuoso, so we have to use hard-to-hear lyrics – with liner notes – about our favorite authors to help people read more.”

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