Helot Revolt | In Your Face / Up Your Butt

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In Your Face / Up Your Butt

by Helot Revolt

Heavy Metal Queercore.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal
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1. Bigotry Is Not Rebellion
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2. Shirts and Skins
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3. First Day On Earth
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4. I Like Marines
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Album Notes
Historic activist queercore heavy metal band Helot Revolt formed January 1991 in Los Angeles and played its first gig that month at a benefit for AIDS Healthcare Foundation hosted by Club Fuck! A reporter from Outweek magazine was in the crowd that night, and his rave review brought the band to instant national attention.


The music may
be pure Sunset Strip
 riffarama stuff, but
 the words, feelings 
and sentiments certainly aren't. A homophobe's nightmare, Helot Revolt are openly gay and openly pissed about being ostracized, for the most part, by the metal world. So they composed a bunch of 1985 Ratt-y riffs, poofed up the cheesy metal element and added some biting commentary. Fans of this style of metal will welcome the music, and everyone should appreciate hearing a new view-point in what has been, for years, a hoary old genre. (Steffan Chirazi, Rip, August 1993)

If you crave heavy metal that will make homophobes uncomfortable, check out Helot Revolt's In Your Face / Up Your Butt. The screaming guitars are standard issue, but the songs (including "Bigotry Is Not Rebellion” and "I Like Marines") are anything but. (Details, March 1993)

Equal parts Village People, Motley Crue and Spinal Tap, and completely legit (beneath the tongue-in-cheek put-on, there beats the heart of a real rock-and-roll band), Helot Revolt is a band with a mission: to battle the heterosexism of heavy metal and society at large. Incorporating elements of performance art into their own act, the group opened its show with a mock press conference where they acknowledged their influences – “Show tunes, dude.” (Ernest Hardy, Outweek, February 6, 1991)

The most interesting thing I've received in a long while came from a Bay Area band called Helot Revolt, with a CD called In Your Face / Up Your Butt. HR specializes in posturing SoCal-style metal tunes that'd have the average Sunset Strip struttin' da cool stuff. One difference is that Helot Revolt is a gay metal band. They certainly cannot be the first and they will not be the last. And, once again, this brings up the question: Do you care? You shouldn't. If you like what you hear, then who cares how people get off? And before you get upset, let me tell you that, were it not for heavy-breathing legal eagles, I could tell you of at least two prominent metal gods who are gay. And you don't know who they are, which in the end is fine and dandy, because it doesn't really matter. (Steffan Chirazi, BAM Jan 15, 1993)



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