Anthrax's Scott Ian Compares Metal And Geek Culture


(Metal Hammer) Anthrax mainman Scott Ian says metal and geek culture started to come together around the time Kiss burst onto the scene. Speaking to the Metal Hammer: In Residence show on Spotify alongside astrophysicist and metalhead Dr Matt Taylor, Ian recalls falling in love with Kiss in the 1970s while slightly older kids shunned them.

Ian is a big fan of comic book culture and TV, having appeared in both The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones as an extra. Ian says: "Going back to the 70s as a kid, the geekdom thing wasn't a part of heavy metal. Overall, the kids a little bit older than that me were listening to metal, the 16-year-olds when I was 13 that loved Zeppelin and Sabbath and Aerosmith, they weren't into geeky stuff at all.

"They were into smoking weed and doing drugs and drinking and listening to music. Me and my friends, we liked those bands too, but we liked Kiss as well - who all those older kids hated.

"Kiss was kind of like that bridge, like, 'These guys are like a horror movie and a comic book and they play rad music.' That was kind of my gateway drug to, 'Hey, this all works together.'" Read more here.

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