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March 27, 2006

Furious Eye

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I’ve been meaning to post this for quite some time.

√úmlaut is a Finnish speed metal band that focuses on militant politics, anger and motorcycles. Their single album, “Total Disfuckingcography”, is really more of a thick zine with a baggie attached containing a CD of 38 songs (most of which are under 40 seconds long). The zine is like all punkish zines, gritty, mismatched collage, xerox glory, with images of war, cops and death, and occasional cartoonishly over the top slogan (e.g. “Arms are for hugging and killing bigots”). The word “fuck” is also used a lot.

But in the middle of the fury and overload, there is a small essay that blew me away:

A note on the illustrations–

You’ve probably seen all these photographs of suffering and destruction reproduced a million times before. Pretty boring, aren’t they? What was once a brave woman facing execution or a child starving to death is now just a “shocking” image designed to sell punk records, no matter if it desensitizes you to the very atrocities it purports to decry. These pictures are of things that really happened, and are still happening– they should send you out into the streets, ready to fight and even die to make sure that they never happen again. But they seem normal to you, nothing out of the ordinary, situation under control and no reason to get excited… and if you were sensitive and idealistic enough to take to the streets, who would you find there to rally? Everyone is inside, watching the same images of carnage and misery on the news, on TV, in the movies. Maximum entertainment.

The future, if there is to be one, lies in rediscovering beauty. Only that can make us outraged by such ugliness.

In the midst of the assaults and ink splotches and gas masked portraits, these metal warriors take time out from screaming to call on us all to remember what beauty is, and to fuse that memory to our eyes and hearts.

That gives me hope.

Posted by Jake on March 27, 2006 11:02 pm

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