Slain’s Magical Xmas Party, and why you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously

Posted by on 23 Dec, 2013

We made a gravity-defying, retro-fashion-exploring, DDR-championship-winning Christmas carol music video, AND WE LIKED IT!

This is our first official showcase of what the Choral Riff is capable of. If you haven’t already heard, couple of years ago Slain put together the finest voices in Bangalore as a full-on choir to perform and record with the band in a beautiful collision of classical harmony and pumping Progressive Rock. It’s crazy, we know.


What was that you said? We’re a metal band? Why did we dress up in the most fashionable attire you’ve ever seen and (spoiler alert) destroy a Christmas tree? Because we wanted to. There comes a time in the life of every metal band, when you start to wonder how honest your music is to your lifestyle.

First, picture the most heavy metal person your imagination can muster.


Now picture the things you do on a regular basis.


The Heavy Metal image you’re used to, doesn’t seem to encourage watching reruns of Parks & Rec while indulging in your fourth piece of blackforest cheesecake. That is the culture of our noble generation, one that takes pride in its rage comics and mobile gaming and pun-based humour. And therefore music imagery must, too, adapt to its new masters. Not the other way around.

And it’s happening. Remember how different System of a Down was from everything else? Who’d have guessed we’d ever live in a world where it’s more likely for a heavy metal band to be named I Love Crayons, than The Blood of Decaying Razor Goats.

In fact, thinking back, we faced quite an identity crisis over the years too. The name of the band itself, Slain, is a fair example of how seriously we took ourselves, and what we thought metal music was all about. It’s instantly terrifying, which equalled good publicity! As kids in the heavy metal community, your musical aptitude is judged solely on how scary your band name is (and how illegible your logo is, of course).

But the more we performed and got comfortable and the more people we met, we realized it was not the aggressive, serious parts of Metal that we enjoyed; it was the unassuming hilarious nonsense we did on and off stage that really kept us going. And we’ve come a fair way since then. So when it came time to do a video this Christmas, our priority was not for it to help us look cool or reinforce an image we never had in the first place, it was to allow us to do fun things.

That is the one piece of simple, yet honest advice I’ll give you this Christmas (or New Years, so you can make it your resolution and have a false sense of accomplishment). Make fun things. Do fun things. Even if they’re inconsistent with your idea of a particular image, or even if they’re just a tiny contribution to the vast ocean of human creativity. Chances are, if you think something is fun, other people will too, and that will be the most genuine connection you’ve ever established. If you have ideas for videos, for songs, for paintings or films, for websites and cars and comedy, for books and blogs and a better pair of walking shoes, make them this instant and without hesitation. Whoever you are, and whatever your interest, the world needs your madness, right now.

And if you’re part of a metal band named Protest the Hero, then just keep doing whatever the hell you do.

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