Check out this article, then come right back:
I assume most of you didn't click on it. Fine, I'll just tell you what it said.
Some kid brutally murdered two innocent relatives and burned down his house, among other attrocities. When the law searched the scene, they siezed a copy of a Slipknot cd that was found near the crime. The suspect apparently addmited being into metal music at the time of the brutal slayings.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see where this is going.
So before it gets there, a word in defense of music, angry or otherwise:
MUSIC CAN NOT KILL PEOPLE.
It isn't even a tool for killing people (like a gun, a knife, or 20 minutes of the tv show The Jersey Shore.)
Don't get me wrong, you'll never catch me downplaying the impact music can have over a human being. What music can do is awe-inspiring. It can enrage, impassion, unite, and move even the darkest soul in a real and meaningful way. But I draw the line at saying it can kill anyone.
I don't care what music I listen to, or ever did listen to, or will ever listen to for the rest of my natural life - I just don't have it in me to do what this kid is accused of. I never had it in me, and I never will. The actions taken by whoever really did kill those people (there has been no conviction yet so I'm staying away from making any assumptions, no matter how obvious) were the actions of a disturbed human being who is clearly not capable of being a peaceful functioning member of organized society.
Trying to take away metal music to stop violence would be like taking away baseball fields so your kids won't be born athletic. Being athletic is a genetic gift (one I do not have and am quite jealous of.) You can take away the fields, the exercise rooms, and the equipment, and that will certainly stop the kid from being an athlete. Similarly, you can take away weapons and hopefully prevent this kind of atrocity form happening. That said, you can't change the kid's nature. An athlete is born with the potential for athleticism, and evil people are born with a potential for violence on a level that the rest of us simply do not have. Unfortunately for the reputation of metal music, if you're born the type of person who could want to go kill some people, you will undoubtably be drawn to that which expresses anger, angst, violent tendancies, antisocial behavior, and above all else, rage. Aka, metal music.
Perhaps seperating that particular person from negative music might not have been a bad idea if anyone had been paying attention, (hint hint...was anyone paying attention?) but I'm far more concerned with where the kid found the stockpile of weapons he was arrested with than the cd they found lying near the weapons.
But that's it's own long conversation. Back on the music topic:
Personally, when I stub my toe on something, or someone tells me I'm wrong when clearly I'm right (I always am right after all) I can get pretty pissed off myself. Sometimes when I'm nice and angry, I like to rock out to some old-school Metalica or System Of A Down, or even some Dethklok (where my Metalocalypse fans at?) But I'd never burn down a house, let alone kill anyone. I literally couldn't bring myself to concieve doing something like that.
And that's the difference, isn't it - everyone has a bit of darkness inside of them, it's what we do with those feelings that makes us different. The guys from Slipknot, as far as I know, have never killed anyone. They choose to channel their anger through music. Thanks to talented people like Slipknot, who can express those dark emotions we all have through a harmless vehicle like music, I have been granted the ability to choose to channel my darker feelings through the music I listen to.
This kid chose to burn down a house and kill innocent people. That's not a music problem, that's a mental disorder.
One day I'll have kids. When I do, if my child has an anger issue, in that very particular circomstance I would absolutely encourage him to seek out the music that will help calm his troubled soul.
But in general, music doesn't kill people. People with some serious disorders kill people.