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Brother Metal Unleashes

March 17, 2009

Welcome to ‘The Horatio Files’. This category is all about uncovering those stories that make you glad to be alive, because truth is stranger and ultimately more fun to mock than fiction. To kick things off in this category, what better way to show the many gloried spectacle of life that surrounds us on this awe-inspiring planet, than a Capuchin monk who finds inner peace through heavy metal…

‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’

-Hamlet, Act I Scene V


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[Start] At first glance, Cesare Bonizzi looks like the archetypal Capuchin monk – round-faced, stout, with twinkling eyes and a long flowing white beard. But beneath his robes beats a heart of metal. Brother Cesare is the lead singer in a heavy metal band which has just released its second album. A former missionary in the Ivory Coast, he lives in a small friary in the Milan hinterland.

The 62-year-old monk’s love affair with heavy metal began when he attended a Metallica concert some 15 years ago. “I was overwhelmed and amazed by the sheer energy of it” he says. Hard rock and heavy metal have, over the years, been criticised as the work of the devil. It’s a claim which Brother Cesare, also known as Brother Metal, says is nonsense.

He started playing and recording cassettes, firstly with “lighter” metal music, but gradually he realised that what really moved him was the hard core. The members of his band were at first sceptical at the idea of teaming up with a Capuchin monk but their doubts soon evaporated. “Five minutes after meeting Brother Cesare I decided to go ahead, because he manages to convey so much energy, that other musicians and youngsters often don’t manage to express,” lead guitarist, Cesare Zanotti, told Reuters.

Brother Metal recently appeared in the Gods of Metal festival in Italy, along with giants such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Slayer, playing to a crowd of leather-clad hard-core metal fans. “It was wonderful being there among all these young people” he told the Rome newspaper La Repubblica. “The only problem was that at one stage out slipped a “what the f…” because each time some people think that I am in fancy dress, they can’t believe a robed monk is on the stage playing their music”.

With a booming voice, Brother Metal belts out lyrics that are decidedly gritty, talking about real-life issues and not shying away from sex, drugs and alcohol. He does touch on faith and religion but is adamant that he is not seeking to draw people to Catholicism through his stage performances. Video clips of his performances on YouTube have helped spread his popularity and fan base.

His second heavy metal album, “Misteri” (Mysteries) has just been released. In a sign of Brother Metal’s eclecticism, it drew inspiration from a group of women in southern Italy who sang about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and a heavy metal version of that song is on the CD. Other songs talk about how alcohol warms the heart but excess drinking can damage the liver, and how important sex is to man.

Brother Cesare says he has never had any trouble with his superiors over his choice of musical career and would like to send his new album to the Pope. “He is a music lover and metal is music!” he says. While Brother Cesare always wears his traditional brown robe and sandals as a reminder that he has chosen a life of devotion to God, he is keen to distinguish established religion from faith, and from proselytizing.

“I do it to convert people to life, to understand life, to grab hold of life, to savour it and enjoy it. Full stop” he says. [END article]

-Wow, I am rendered speechless. Unlike Brother Metal, who it would seem has undertaken a vow of Extreme Metal Loudness. In this day of competition, I don’t think that other faiths can afford to rest on their robes, the challenge has been laid down. Let the battle for our souls begin…

Boring services? Not with MC battles from the pulpit, where freestyle Priests take on all comers, handing out lyrical smitedowns. And that’s not even taking into account the moshpit in the confessional.

Hip hop and heavy metal not rocking your pew? Coming to a place of worship near you, Goth Nuns, Rock ‘N Roll Rabbis, Punk Swamis, Reggae Shamans, Hard Trance Imams, and with a massive 180 decibel bass-sermonizing sub-woofer pumping out from his bulletproof ride, the Drum ‘N Bass Pope.

In the beginning, there were phat beats.


viva minutiae,


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