Norwegian metal legend Fenriz is now "Councilman Gylve Fenris Nagell" for the next four years. He's officially an alternate, showing up when folks get sick or can't attend meetings at the local neighborhood council in Kolbotn, a suburb of Oslo.
According to Factmag,
What a cuddly potential Mayor:
We're all pretty psyched about it...
The people attending this show probably didn't ask to have a stranger's remains dumped on them but you have to admit, it's pretty metal. Metal band Behemoth (seen in the video) scattered the ashes of a fan named Nick in to the mosh pit at their concert. A few days later, a band called Dying Fetus did the same during one of Nick's favorite songs. The fan who posted this video explained a little more about why this came to be in the video description:
I take nick's ashes with me every show that i go to so that he is there with me and at shows that he's missing out on. i love you nick. thank you so much Adam Nergal for doing this i couldn't have been happier. i appreciate this more then you know.
Stryper is a Christian metal hair band that found some mainstream success in the 80s. And Ted Cruz looks exactly like the led singer, Michael Sweet.
Could he secretly be the frontman of this band, probably, but no one knows for sure. Michael Sweet has acknowledged the resemblance (kind of):
But it seems like he isn't that happy about the comparison and his fans DEFINITELY aren't. The Daily Dot posted this rant by a fan that was posted in the Facebook group Stryper Strong and has now been deleted:
Ok, we've all now seen at least a dozen times the Ted Cruz looks like Michael in one photo from 1983. I've been tagged, had it forwarded to me and have deleted countless postings on the Stryper page that I am webmaster for. First, stop it! Second, it's making fun of the band and my best friends. Third, it's making fun of anyone who dares be a fan (in other words....YOU). I don't like ANY of that! I discussed this with Michael the day he posted it and the only reason he posted was because of the free press that comes from it. He didn't like the post either and removed the original persons name from it. It has now grown to the point of being ridiculous. So, can I ask everyone to not post it anymore and to move on? Can we all agree on that? Can I get a like or comment of agreement on this? Sorry, it isn't funny anymore. (Never was).
Whether he's ready to "move on" or not, Sweet is certainly embracing the extra publicity:
Or should we say, Ted Cruz is embracing the publicity?
Some bands just gotta have a gimmick, whether it's Gwar's costumes or Kiss' make up. For Pheonix's Okilly Dokilly, they are doubling down on The Simpsons' very Christian, very polite neighbor Ned Flanders.
Head Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, Stead Ned and Bled Ned make up what they describe as "the world's only Nedal band" and boy are they all about the puns. Obviously 'Okilly Dokilly' is just a metal riff on the classic Flanders catch phrase 'Okily dokily'.
They're even committed to dressing the part as well, although it doesn't seem like all the members where willing to commit to the trademark mustache (or 'push broom' as he calls it).
According to their Facebook page, most of their songs are based off of Ned Flanders quotes.
They will play their first show Sept. 5 if you're in the Phoenix area. They certainly know how to hype it up.
We're playing our first show. It will be Nedal. You will experience Nedal. You will know Nedal. Nedal will know you.
More details to come. Hold your dang diddly horses.
You can listen to some of their surprisingly serious scream-o songs here:
While we will probably never find a Garfield spin off as hilarious and existentially depressing as Garfield Minus Garfield, this comes close.
The artist behind Hetfield the Cat took the pretty great idea of using Metallica lyrics to express the despondent life of America's most overwrought cartoon cat.
Here are a few examples.