What is it about heavy metal that brings all the boys to the yard; and I don’t mean for the milkshakes…
Since religion has begun there have been sects of those religions who wake up one morning and decide some genre or another isn’t quite up to par with the holy gospel. After that moment it becomes something of a crusade for these people to demonize musicians and attempt to exercise the unholy legions from some poor 13 year-old outside a music festival.
For all the “progress” our modern society has laid claim to, there are some places that hold on longer than others. Lexington, Tennessee appears to be such a place; Or at the very least a place where a few outliers refuse to catch on call home.
Religion was an important part of the lives of the early settlers of Henderson County, where Lexington is located. Early ministers walked or rode horseback from one settlement to another. The first minister known to have preached in Henderson County was John Barrett of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1824. Other denominations represented in the early days were the Methodist Episcopal Church and Missionary and Primitive Baptist. Camp meetings were often held in brush arbors near large springs. One such place was Palestine 5 miles from Lexington.
All that religious hubris aside, interestingly enough, Lexington’s past is tightly intertwined with music, mystery, and debauchery. A fitting location for a Metal Festival if I do say so myself. With all that tolerance, forgiveness, togetherness, and sense of obligatory charity one would assume music of all genres would be welcome. One would be sorely mistaken.
Unbeknownst to this obviously confused patron of the higher powers, she is unwittingly causing a nationwide sensation of PR heaven for people like me who live for stories like these. Miss Piggy, as we shall call her, has helped to garner a new following of young metal enthusiasts who would have otherwise gone on about their day mucking around the neighborhood with other like-minded youngsters. Instead, these newly inspired revolutionaries are crawling out from beneath their bed-sheets to don concert gear and wallet chains in a show of force proclaiming, “No, we will not go gently into the night…”
You see, whenever you tell children not to do something; that thing is the very thing they yearn for. The very concept of the thing burns itself into their very soul.
To you, Miss Piggy and friends, I say congratulations. On behalf of the music community everywhere I thank you for your service.
These sorts of people couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to this festival in particular. I present exhibit B:
“We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Rachael Wilkes of the CVMA 18-4 Jackson TN to host a toy drive for the 6th Annual Combat Vet Christmas! Bring an unopened toy or gift with you (for ages newborn – 17 years) to the donation table at the Tennessee Metal Devastation Music Fest, and you will be entered to win a festival merch package! Help us make Christmas wonderful for children of combat vets in need! “—Tennessee Metal Devastation Music Fest – Facebook Post
“…All of the backlash has actually had a positive impact for the metal festival. The views on social media have skyrocketed and ticket sales have gone up. More and more vendors are signing up to be there, and people from all over have joined in, showing their support for the event and for Raven and Zach. “We are blown away by all of the support and attention. It has always been our main goal to bring new listeners and fans to the music and the bands, so this is a win for us”, Raven said. The couple hope to make this an annual October event at Beech Lake, with a new and exciting lineup each year. “If all goes well, we will for sure do this again, hopefully annually during Halloween season. It’s our favorite time of year, and Tennessee weather in October is usually so beautiful. Spooky season is the perfect time for a heavy metal show outdoors, with a beautiful lake in the background. We cannot wait to meet everyone, and to enjoy friendships and fun with people who share a love for this music.”…–Metal Devastation Radio, The Tennessee Metal Devastation Music Fest Sparks “Satanic Panic” In West TN Town
If you are interested in attending the festival, you can purchase your tickets ($25) before the event, or you can purchase at the gate the day of the festival ($35).