Kerrang! Anti-Feature: 'Why Every Metal and Hardcore Fan Should Consider Going Vegan'
Folks, this is the state of "metal" publications these days -- nothing at all to do with the music, but catering to "social justice" stupidity. I've pursued a largely herbivorous diet since 2007 and don't wear it like it's a shiny badge. Myself choosing not to eat meat anymore isn't going to break up slaughterhouses and encourage so-called "ethical" farming (that would easily cost millions of dollars).

Feeding a chicken a vegetarian diet is going to result in a less nutritious egg. That's why the idea of people making their cats, dogs, birds, and other pets go vegan is simply pretentious. Their bodies were not designed to consume a plant-based diet. Dogs are especially less likely to put up with a non-meat-based diet.

Also, that going vegan makes one "rebellious". Please. It's quickly become of the trendiest "rebellions" in modern society, next to getting inked and changing your sex. A rebel never conforms.

Anyway, Kerrang! has always been a huge poser magazine (even back in the 1980s, they only covered the higher-charting bands, hence people referring it to as "Kerrap"), so shit like this is of no surprise to me. Just don't be a dumbass and slowly kill yourself to the standard American diet (SAD).
Quote:Watching Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein of horror-punk legends The Misfits walk into a room, you might immediately assume that you’re in for a bloodbath. The towering guitarist’s muscular frame, simmering scowl, corpse-white face and perfectly spiked hair are a sight to behold anywhere, but especially when he comes stomping into a nice Brooklyn restaurant. As he strolls through the atmospherically-lit room, several patrons look up as though wondering if they’ve unwitting walked into a scene from a horror movie.

“There he is!” cries John Joseph McGowan, lead singer of seminal hardcore crushers Cro-Mags JM, and waves Doyle over with a smile.

Doyle isn’t here to slash and kill — in fact, quite the opposite. Tonight, Doyle, along with his girlfriend and Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, John Joseph, and Deftones and Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega, are all here to enjoy an entirely cruelty-free meal. All four of these muscular, tattooed miscreants are vegan, and have come together tonight at Brooklyn’s Modern Love to discuss how they see veganism as an extension of metal, punk, and hardcore music.
The forum — which kicks off with immediately free-flowing conversation — is the result of a vision had by Sergio and his partner Azulette, co-founders of Pinche Vegano, an Instagram-based brand dedicated to showing off vegan cuisine.

“Even if you aren’t vegan, there’s all these beautiful options around the world,” he says. “We aren’t trying to push the vegan diet on anyone necessarily, we just want to show that there are options. Coming from a Latin background, where it’s considered weird for men to do such things, if you show different things and what we’re doing and who we are, it’s not coming with much of the quarrels like you think.”

“Being vegan is the ultimate form of rebellion,” says Alissa. “It’s taking everything that you’re supposed to do, and going against it. That’s way more fucking badass than anything else you could do!”

The staff at Modern Love don’t seem the least bit frazzled by the Mad Max table, and are happy to answer any and all questions about the night’s menu — what has soy, what has gluten, where ingredients come from. John Joseph is the night’s elder statesman — both having eaten here before and having gone meatless before anyone else at the table — and is quick to put in appetizer orders.

“I was in the Navy in 1980, had just came out of jail,” he recounts. “I grew up on the streets of New York that was super violent, with murders everywhere. I was a smuggler in the Navy, smuggling drugs. I went looking to smuggle some weed in Jamaica, and I met up with some Rastas. They don’t call it vegan, hey call it ital. No processed foods or anything, that’s what they eat. A few months later, I met the Bad Brains, and that’s when they were just becoming Rastas. Hanging with them more, that’s how I got into it.”

Sitting at this table, it’s fascinating to see the diversity not only in musical backgrounds, but also in journeys to veganism. Unlike John Joseph, Alissa was raised in a vegetarian household, and has never eaten meat in her life. Doyle was initially turned on to vegan food in the mid ‘90s by H20’s Toby Morse — “He was telling me about how he was gonna get some fake bologna. I was like, what the fuck is fake bologna?” Sergio, meanwhile, comes from a Latino family, in which the idea of going plant-based was seen as, in his words, “fey.”

“I learned about veganism through punk rock like Crass and Conflict,” says Sergio. “I always had a desire not to eat the meat, but I didn’t really know I had an option. My family is from Puerto Rico, and my parents would give me a leg to eat, and I would eat it because I thought I had no choice. When I started buying Crass records, I read the pamphlet [that came with them] that just broke everything down, and that’s when I started the vegan diet. Because of that, my mother, as well as a lot of my family, became vegan or vegetarian.”

Health is certainly an issue when it comes to going plant-based, and the musicians in attendance are good people to talk to about it. Everyone here is incredibly fit; John Joseph discusses his most recent Ironman triathlon. At the mention of the stereotypical vegan — a privileged hippie college student suffering from malnutrition — the Cro-Mags frontman rolls his eyes.

“Where’s all the unhealthy vegans?” he chuckles, motioning to the table, and adds, “Even when I was a crackhead from ‘88 to ‘90, I never went back to that dairy and meat shit.”

“I became vegan as a teenager, and I had nothing,” says Sergio. “I got a job at a health food store, which helped. The hardcore scene I was part of helped each other out.”

“I always find it funny when people go around saying ‘I can’t afford to be vegan,’” says Alissa. “You’ve eaten vegan! Bananas, cereal, peanut butter — that’s vegan food. Meat and dairy are the actual luxury items. Being vegan is super cheap!”

Not only are the vegan musicians here physically healthy, but also mentally and spiritually. For all the furious, misanthropic music this crew makes, they’re all smiles and laughter as they snack on grilled Caesar salad, cornmeal pecan crusted tofu, and almond ricotta toast.

“I used to be such a negative person,” says John Joseph. “I grew up on the streets, transferred through foster homes, been to fucking jail. All I knew was being violent. H.R. told me to watch would happen when I didn’t eat meat on that tour I went on with Bad Brains. My entire life changed!”

That said, Alissa is also quick to point out that veganism isn’t a cure-all for what ails you. Vegan food can be unhealthy, and vegans can be unhappy — the most important part is always principle.

“It’s important for people to know that everyone is different,” she says. “You can’t just go on a diet and expect change. It’s way more than a diet, it’s a lifestyle. It’s an ethical stance. You don’t have to be super religious or spiritual to be vegan.

“You can be vegan and still hate everything,” she says, and then beams at Doyle. “There’s one right here!”
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I had some ribs yesterday and they were delicious.
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i have no problem with people who want to go Vegan or Vegetarian (i have family members who eat that way and have for a very long time before it became KEWL!) but to have a magazine to tell me on what i should and shouldn't do is insulting to my intelligence. also, Kerrang! should quit caring about what Metal fans like and dislike when they in fact had given up the genre that made them who they once were when they started back in 1981.
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What's grating is the "should" part, even if it's followed by "consider". The thing about being a metalhead is that you're your own boss and you have no one to tell you what to do with your life. Skipping steak isn't going to make you any less of a poser in my eyes, nor will collecting every shitty second-wave black metal demo from 1993 suffice.
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You get health problems if you go Vegan and forcing it onto other people or animals is exceptionally cruel.
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