Historically, music has always been at its most powerful when coming from a place of oppression or struggle. As the reality of making ends meet in North America becomes a bleaker prospect with each passing year, regular people who never before questioned their own government, are now finding themselves looking for answers to explain the increasing levels of difficulty and fear we are all now forced to deal with.
However, in spite of metal’s never-ending fascination with the darker side of things, one of the movement’s greatest mysteries continues to be the near-complete omission of political and systemic issues from the hotplates of most bands. Even as jobs continue being cut, cost of food and shelter become increasingly unaffordable, and corporate collusion with the government reaches a fever pitch, the so-called voice of rebellion known as heavy metal has been deafeningly mum on the perilous state of affairs in the world today.
The fence-walking ends with Jon Schaffer’s new band, album, and message, Sons of Liberty: “Brush-Fires Of The Mind.” Schaffer’s goal for this project is not to sell records, t-shirts, and concert tickets, but rather to use the historically-relevant band name and resource website www.sons-of-liberty.net for the purpose of spreading awareness about the current state of affairs worldwide. According to Schaffer, “the site promises to be a think-tank containing lots of interesting web-links, book and movie recommendations, and much more. The goal is to wake people up and to get them to start researching and talking with each other. Knowledge is power, and it’s time for us to wake up and start debating with each other.”