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Danielsson is essentially W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless, a born-again Christian who used to chuck raw meat at the crowd. You know who was scared of W.A.S.P.? Old people. He's gone on record about living the black metal lifestyle. Recently, Watain made headlines for chucking goat's blood at a crowd of fans, many of whom puked. Nothing screams "black metal lifestyle" like making your fans ill and feeding the story to TMZ.
A not-so-secret Christian, Tom Araya's work as a respiratory therapist financed some of Slayer's earliest works. Had his family not encouraged him to go to school, Slayer might never have had the change to shout about Auschwitz and blood dripping thunderstorms. Show No Mercy? More like Do No Harm. Today, Araya's a metal-dad who wears his own band's t-shirts and an electric smile.
Ozzy Osbourne once famously accidentally bit the head off of a bat on stage. And, uh... that's kind of it, actually. Musically, his main contributions to Black Sabbath included "being there and having a PA" and his solo stints are less evil than they are glamorous. Today, the Prince of Darkness' biggest threats to society include driving at night and accidentally swearing on the radio.
Mayhem are arguably metal's most controversial band, and rightly so. But following Dead's, er, death, they recruited Attila Csihar, whose vocals sound like an extreme metal take on Wizard of Oz's Wicked Witch of the West. Sure, he's known for carrying around pig carcasses on stage; but behind the scenes he's a 43-year-old father of two with a background in electrical engineering and an affinity for math.
King Diamond popularized corpsepaint and, with Mercyful Fate, gave heavy metal its first true taste of satanism, but in reality Kim Bendix Petersen is a 58-year-old theatre geek more concerned with power walking, cholesterol and his cats than drinking the blood of the innocent, or whatever.
You’re supposed to be scared of heavy metal. Its musicians kill each other, drink blood, slaughter goats and wear leather. But in reality, most of the minds behind music’s most notoriously evil genre are just regular dudes and ladies with an affinity for theatrics. Sure, some are legitimately twisted, but for every Varg Vikernes, there’s a Hunter Hunt-Hendrix.
Above, we’ve taken a look at some of the genre’s most “notoriously evil” leading men in the hopes of showing you that most of these dads who sing about the devil are about as intimidating your weird uncle who’s already started on next year’s halloween costume.