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4B The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, April 19, 1990 Helen and Helen Music today comes in a variety of sounds. From "easy listening" to top- 40 pop rock, from "hard rock" to the more controversial "heavy metal." Heavy metal has cornered the most attention .in recent years be- cause of the visual images, i.e. al- bum jacket covers that portray Sa- tanic symbols, blood, death and sui- cide, the physical appearances of the bands and the names of the believed Satan was on this earth in human form. Most of the callers said they be- lieved Satan was on this earth as a person and the others believed there was a Satan, but it was a presence, not a physical form. It was brought out that,,what seems to have increased the nega- tive publicity to the heavy metal groups, scene is, there has been an in- Do these bands really promote crease in Satanic activity, such as Satanism? Are the band members Satanic rituals, grave robbing, and the ritualistic slaying of animals. Hei- Satanists? Is the image they portray nous crimes, specifically murder and just a gimmick to increase concert and record sales? especially murder of family mem- These are some of the questions bers or friends in violent ways, have been committed in the name of Sa- that were discussed on the Ed Till Show out of Chicago. (AM 1000). tan. Once these people are caught I found it interesting that the ma- they say they became caught up in jority of catlers were not the people the underworld and Satan gave that find heavy metal so damaging, them the power. In numerous cases but the callers were the generation people have come right out and said of people who have grown up listen- the lyrics in the heavy metal songs ing to the music (people in their 20s told them to commit these heinous and 30s) and the current generation crimes. This is where the negative of listeners. These callers were publicity is generated about these bands promoting Satanism. trying to explain what the messages were that are in the song lyrics. Not one caller Mr Till'aired said heavy metal music was the music of Satan. In fact, the callers tried to explain most of the controversy is caused by the imagery of the bands and the titles of the songs they sing. It was pointed out by a caller that the lyrics are not about Satan or the promotion of Satanism, but rather the songs talk about the political corruption in the world -- judges taking bribes, lawyers being paid large sums of money to exonerate heinous criminals, and politicians getting caught up in the world of drugs. The caller said the songs are saying if someone doesn't do some- thing to stop all of this evil in the world it will eventually consume eve- rything. Mr Till said it seems like we are back to the old war of good versus evil and these bands are saying that Satan is out there and at this point is gaining on taking over the good. The message to the listening gem eration is they should wake up and see all the corruption and then do something to change it, not to pro- mote it. Mr Till also asked callers if they were Christians, if they believed in God and if they believed in Satan. Most of the callers responded yes, they were Christians, although a few did claim to be agnostics. Yes, they believed in God (except for the agnostics) and yes, they believed in Satan. Mr Till took the question a step further and asked callers if they As one caller commented to Mr Till, 'Tve been listening to heavy metal for six years and I haven't killed myself or anyone else." The concensus of Mr Tilt's show was that heavy metal bands don't promote Satanism and the images they portray are so different it ap- peals to the concert goers and rec- ord buyers, which is what makes record hits and big money for the record company, promoters and the bands. We personally don't listen to heavy metal music, not because we are appalled by their image or what their lyrics say, but because we don't like loud music. If you get right down to it this is what heavy metal music is -- LOUD. Possibly the loudness is also the reason why heavy metal is misunderstood by so many. We see the bands, the symbols, Satanic and otherwise~ the song topics --- death, evil, destruction -- and we assume this is what they promote. However, this time on this particular show, the view was that this music isn't promoted to tell you what to do, but rather what you need to change. I'm sure there will be many more shows on this topic, good and bad, but for now maybe we shouldn't be so quick to judge the book by its cover. If you have an opinion on this subject or any other subject, you should turn on and call in to late night talk radio. Dee Caperton, Democrat candi- date for State Treasurer, cam- paigned in Pocahontas County March 30. After touring and lunching at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, she attended a public meeting at the Green Bank Public Library and visited radio station WVMR. At the Observatory, Dr Caperton, who earned her degree in Education Counseling from\the University of Pittsburgh, visited several tele- scopes, and talked with workers as SPECIALISTS IN INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP MEDICAL INSURANCE she toured the facility Dr Caperton then\had lunch with several employees, including Dr George Seilstad, Director of the Ob- servatory. After their meeting, Dr Caperton said, '1 am particularly impressed with the economic development po- tential of the Observatory, especially since the new 360 foot telescope is going to be built. "Not only are there potential de- velopments in areas of education, but I can't help but think that there can be electronic spin-off, cottage industries throughout Pocahontas County as a result of the expanding Observatory." Dr Caperton continued, "One thing =s abundantly clear: no better complex electronic work is done anywhere else on earth. As usual, West Virginians have proven them- selves to be excellent workers, su- perb technicians. "What the state continues to need, however, is a facilitator, someone who can match potentially developing industries with our excel- lent workers for the state's economic growth." ,._ ...... IL~ WHAT YOU DO IS NEWS TO US ( AND ABOUT 50,000. OTHER FOLKS.) CONTA CT THE MOUNTAIN MESSENGER WITH YOUR NEWS 122 North Court Street Lewisburg, 24901 Following lunch, Dr Caperton at- tended a public meeting at Green Bank's public library. She spoke briefly about eco- nomic integrity. "We must get our Treasurer's office in order. The of- fice demands credibility and finan- cial integrity, "Without financial integrity, West Virginia cannot hope to have worth- while economic development" SPRING ' 5 Ft, Wide ........ $975.00 Filmmaker Pare Lorentz (left) and Governor Gaston Caperton West Virginia Filmmaker State Recognition Governor Gaston Caperton hon- ored the legendary filmmaker Pare Lorentz recently with a Distin- guished West Virginian award for his 65 years in the film industry. I [] I [] I [] Mr Lorentz, a Ctarksburg native, is known internationally as the father of the documentary film. Many of his more famous productions focused on national problems during the Great Depression. In 1938, President Roosevelt ap- pointed Mr Lorentz Director of the U. S. Film Service. he is also the au- thor of several books, magazine and newspaper articles. Today he runs a film consultancy business in New York. Governor Caperton's presenta- tion of the Distinguished West Vir- ginian award to Mr Lorentz was part of a Media, Literary and Visual Arts Conference at the Cultural Center. Has Room For More According to Nash L. Poweli, Vet- erans Affairs Officer of the West Vir- ginia Division of Veterans Affairs, the State Home for veterans at Bar- boursville has immediate openings for veterans. Mr Powefl went on to explain any honorably discharged veteran who is ambulatory, able to feed and dress himself and can attend the general mess could be a candidate 'Miss Dandelion' Pageant Slated Epsilon Delta Sorority will spon- sor their fourth annual Little Miss Dandelion Pageant, Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m., in the White Sulphur Springs Junior High School gym. 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