'Metal from the Dirt' - Cool profile of Navajo metalheads, and Diné metal shows on the rez


Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/12/28/metal-from-the-dirt-cool.html


Good on them. I like that they are making a community building thing.


\m/ -_- \m/


The heavy metal genre was born in 1980s England

Gotta be a typo. It was the 70’s.


Okay, 1: effectively country music is now about girls who will have sex with anyone who has a pickup truck and about how your tiny rural backwater is better than everywhere else in the world; 2: it sells Navajo (and Hopi) radio short, as they program a significant amount of traditional music as well, causing even a radio-hater like me to tune in when I’m in the area.


Damn straight. Hell, a Sabbath fan should kick the author in the shin, or something xD.

Gotta say, that facepaint looks pretty damn cool! And I hate nearly all clowns — and Juggalos, mimes, and such; not a phobia, quite, but a definite, strong, automatic dislike — so me liking any kind of heavy facial makeup is extremely rare.

[non sequitur]And I sorta like Clowncore (another). Go figure, right?[/non sequitur]


Facepaint looks like black metal inspired corpse paint to me, similar to King Diamond a little bit even (though he’s not black metal)

These guys kick ass. Does anyone know if non-reservation people are allowed at the shows?

When I saw Slayer’s final show this year in Pittsburgh, there were over 3,000 people, but I am not exaggerating this- despite it being a Slayer show and Slayers last show, I was one of 11 people in a mosh pit in the middle of a crowd of 3000 people not moshing. And I have never seen something like that before I have always seen big pits at Slayer shows.

These guys may only have 20 people at their show if that but they have as much energy going there as a good show of several hundred. I’m definitely going to check these bands out there’s some pretty brutal stuff there!


yes, one of the interviewed musicians noted that the death metal corpse paint makeup also resembled traditional shaman/witch face paint


Could just mean the new wave of heavy metal, but that’s still beginning in the 70s, isn’t it, even if the height was in the 80s?


insert mandatory Dave Navarro joke here


Looks like they borrowed the paint from traditional katsina decoration:

Squash kachina
Koshare kachina

Not a big heavy metal fan, but am inclined to investigate.


There’s a similar movement in Canada. I particularly like Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Whoop-Szo.


Seems so much against “sa’ah naaghaii bik’eh hozho”, but I get it.

The darkness and aggression, when channeled in this fashion actually helps people screwed into desperate conditions to deal with it.

And on the facepaint, very “Crow Scout”:



We went back to the rez this summer to visit my wife’s family. That place is huge – big open spaces, endless sky, gigantic thunderstorms. And it’s true: not many jobs out there, and way too much country music.


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