Liberal Democrat black metal
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Liberal Democrat black metal (also known as Libdem black metal or LDBM) is an openly moderate subgenre of black metal music concerned with ideas of moderate, centre-ground politics.
edit The LDBM phenomenon
LDBM began in the UK as a recruiting tool for the underground Liberal Democrat Party and its followers. Although their music was not LDBM, the Liberal Metal band SL/DP can be considered as an early influence on the genre through their fusion of hard rock and middle-of-the-road politics, with their single "Grassroots Agitation in Favour of the Single Transferable Vote Ain't Noise Pollution" gaining great populatity in Liberal circles in the late 1980s. Proponents of LDBM focus on advocating proportional representation as an alternative to the modern British voting system. The bands are unapologetically pacifist (unless the UN Security Council agree on military action, then it's OK) and glorify the fallen Charles Kennedy as their spiritual leader, whilst also worshipping the Dark Lord of Community Politics, Luciclegg. Many of the bands and their fans sport dove tattoos that identify them as supporters of the Liberal Democrats and advertise their moderate pacifist beliefs. LDBM bands are often accused of having links with the Church of England and many even donate money to the church. There have been numerous reports in the press of a spate of church building programs across the USA that may have been inspired by LDBM. Hate groups have also voiced concerns that the music is fostering pacisfism in America's youth and many concerned Republican parents of teenagers who listen to LDBM have spoken about how their child's character and beliefs changed after the listening to the music, attributing this to either subliminal messaging or democratic-possession. LDBM is also believed to have links with the Liberal Democrat Army.
LDBM is not to be confused with Govegrind, another death metal subgenre centred on the worship of Michael Gove and forceful promotion of free schools, although there has been some crossover since the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.
edit Rock Against First-past-the-post Voting System
LDBM is part of a wider Rock Against First-past-the-post Voting System (RAFptpVS for short) movement which also includes Libdem Skinheads who provided the inspiration for the song Libdem Punks Fuck Off!. RAFptpVS is widely believed to be a front organisation of the Liberal Democrat Party, as too is Fence-Sitter Records.
Coldplay were one of the first exponants of LDBM. The band burst (quietly) on to the scene around the turn of the century and quickly became notorious for mildly raising the awareness of early audiences to taboo subjects such as international trade.
edit Criticism from within the Libdem (or 'Liberal Power') movement
Although there are those within the Liberal Democrat Party who advocate visiting Rent Boys whilst married with children the party policy denounces LDBM for explicitly advocating this in the lyrics of their songs, many of which extoll the virtues of closet homosexuality. There has also been criticism from Liberal Democrat activists who accuse the bands of not really being sincere about their political beliefs but instead mearly using Libdemism as a vehicle by which to shock.
edit Examples of explicitly pacifist album titles
- Make Tea Not War
- Anti-war ist Krieg
- Somalian Hunger
- Zero Hunters