by carl wilson

Bull Market In Death Metal?

If Dan Baum's powerful New Yorker feature "The Price of Valor" this week is any indication, Iraq-war veterans could have a surprising effect on the pop-music industry - less Kylie Minogue, more Necrosis and Rotting Christ:

“We killed a lot of people,” [Carl] said as we ate. [...] Debbie watched the waitress clear our plates, then she leaned forward to tell about a night in July, after Carl’s return, when they went with some friends to the Afterhours Enlisted Club at Fort Benning. Carl had a few drinks, Debbie said, and started railing at the disk jockey, shouting, “I want to hear music about people blowing people’s brains out, cutting people’s throats!” Debbie continued, “I said, ‘Carl. Shut up.’ He said, ‘No, I want to hear music about shit I’ve seen!’” Carl listened to Debbie’s story with a loving smile, as though she were telling about him losing his car keys. “I don’t remember that,” he said, laughing. Debbie said, “That was the first time I heard him say stuff about seeing people’s brains blown out. Other times, he just has flashbacks—like, he sits still and stares.” Carl laughed again. “Really, though, I’m fine,” he said. Beside him in the booth, Debbie shook her head without taking her eyes from mine and exaggeratedly mouthed, “Not fine. Not fine.”

The point here is not actually the gleaming future fan-base prospects for Amon Amarth, Bloodgasm, Children Of Bodom and Cannibal Corpse, but that apparently, all the military and Veterans' Affairs shrinks in America have never once stopped to consider that perhaps, along with other forms of battlefield trauma, soldiers may occasionally feel a twinge of moral discomfort about having, well, you know, shot people in cold blood. Baum explains why Iraq is a particularly troublesome case, with a lot of close-range fighting and wildly disproportionate firepower between the two sides.

The Writ | Posted by zoilus on Friday, July 16 at 06:32 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)


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