WTF! Are they kidding me?! This is exactly the type of thing that I’m talking about! They’ve even been pushing a metal horns emoticon! When a corporate giant like AO-Hell thinks that the metal horns are an acceptable image to put their stamp on and will make their image cooler by association with the metal community, something is seriously wrong!
A voice that helped define a music form has been silenced. Ronnie James Dio--the voice that inspired legions of singers--is gone. He was a great influence on me and I am grateful that I got to tour and hang with the man. Kerrang magazine once said, he had a voice that could pierce chain mail. True, but it could also be so tender it would make you weep. Ronnie was small in stature, but had the voice of a giant. Thank God we have all his amazing recordings, so future generations will know the talent that was Ronnie James Dio! Now raise your metal horns in the air in his memory! - Dee Snider
While the Take Back the Horn movement has gone worldwide, with hundreds of thousands of headbangers supporting and joining the mission, I am taken aback by some of our community’s inability to take this effort in the spirit it is offered. Clearly the humor of the situation (the mainstream taking our symbol of metal solidarity in an attempt to make themselves appear more “rockin’”) is not lost on myself, or the majority of the heavy metal community, and that the spirit of the TBTH movement is fun…but with a degree of annoyance and aggravation. Yet there are some “metallurgists” out there (albeit a very small percentage) who are actually getting angry with both the website and yours truly; lashing out with all sorts of derogatory comments and hostility. To them I say, “Fu—I mean, why…so…serious?” Lighten the hell up. If you don’t want to get involved, fine, but attacking your own for trying to actually do something positive for our community…that just makes you one of “them.”