The title of being the Gods of Heavy Metal has been with Black Sabbath ever since they came out of Birmingham and brought the international scene their music. The visuals and images of hell make a frequent appearance in the songs that are created by Black Sabbath. None of their songs are all pretty and without the presence of hell and gore in them. As a result of this reputation, Birmingham has taken a while to own up to bringing out one of the biggest influencers in Heavy Metal music. In fact, they have been very reluctant to even own up to the fact that Black Sabbath is proudly their own because of the cultural differences between the band’s songs and the regions themselves.
However, the year 2019 saw something different. In the summer months, a celebratory event along with a title exhibition that is purely devoted to the band has been showcased. The band was formed 50 years ago in Aston, and it has got its long due recognition from the citizens of Birmingham. The locals in the Midlands began to notice that while heavy metal was at an all-time high in countries around the world, they did not truly embrace it. Lisa Meyer started the Home of Metal Project and aimed to bring experimental music to Birmingham through a festival called the Supersonic. The festival draws thousands of people from around the region who love metal music. There is nothing painted pretty at this festival, and it is a pure heavy metal music festival.
Music Festivals to Exhibitions
The main aim of the festival and the Home of the Metal Project is to form a collection of music and musicians in Birmingham and bring the best. They make sure they use the hundreds of abandoned galleries and art museums to showcase a permanent collection of what makes the headbangs from around the world excited. They bring home to Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery, a Black Sabbath exhibition. The exhibition has been set up with the collaborative efforts of the original band members and the members of the Home of Metal organization. The focus of the exhibition is to showcase what heavy metal music means to the fans and what it looks like. There are rare features at the show and the recreation of the living room of the super-fan Stephen Knowles.
The Home of Metal Project
The project was started in 2009 after much research, and it has taken a bit for the city to be prepared to own up to its legacy in Heavy Metal. While the exhibition is set to be a permanent one, there is much to say about the events and the future that the Home of Metal project has for the city. Perhaps, more festivals to target the heavy metal genre are in the queue, and we will have to wait to find out. The most significant thing is that Birmingham has finally begun accepting the cultural influence on the heavy metal genre around the world and is embracing the fact as well. Birmingham is known as the Detroit of the UK and has a name to live up to today. Bringing out the biggest heavy metal bands is no light feat. It is one that should be embraced sooner or later to capitalize on the product.