Saturday, July 19, 2008

Capuchin Monk Rocks Devil Music

A Capuchin Monk is the lead singer for a heavy metal band which has just released its second album.

Brother Cesare Bonizzi, called Brother Metal, has a healthy attitude toward what many have traditionally referred to as "the Devil's music." He says he was overwhelmed by the energy of it when he attended a Metallica concert some 15 years back. Last year, he played the Gods of Metal tour alongside Judas Priest, Slayer, and Iron Maiden.

The lead guitarist of his band said he was skeptical of playing with Brother Metal at first, but found his voice carries a depth and poignance many "youngsters" lack. Brother Metal's lyrics touch upon real life issues including the basics (sex and drugs and rock and roll). While he touches upon faith and religion, he strives to keep them separate. He insists he is not there to proselytize and makes a point of separating faith from organized religion.

Brother Cesare wears his traditional robe onstage, which often brings at least one audience member to ask, as Brother Metal says, "What the fuck?"

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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