It’s time to get shocking with VH1 Classic’s “Metal Evolution” series that reaches its “Shock Rock” episode with this evening’s airing. Are you a fan of this kind of stuff? I know I am.
In This Episode: Unlike any other genre profiled on the show, Shock Rock is defined by its visuals and public image, not by its sound. The genre has roots in Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Arthur Brown. This episode focuses on metal’s impact in pushing the envelope when it came to disturbing and horrific imagery and its place as Public Enemy #1 to conservative America. From its first major figure in Alice Cooper in the 1970s, to early black metal pioneers Venom and Mercyful Fate (featuring the vocal histrionics of lead singer King Diamond) in the 1980s, to Marilyn Manson, who was made a scapegoat for the Columbine High School massacre of 1999. Slipknot and Rammstein (copied from Wikipedia)
As I’ve not yet seen the show I am surprised that they are not citing KISS as a “Shock Rock” act but perhaps they don’t apply as to the definition that they are using. I guess I will know more by tomorrow. I always felt that Motley Crue was a Shock Rock band in the beginning as was W.A.S.P. and kind of chuckle at their citing both Venom and Mercyful Fate who were in my humble opinion more important to other genres as opposed to this one.
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