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BREAKING NEWS

You have reached the wrong Hell On Earth. This is not the band's web site. (But their web server is back up, so you can go there.) But as long as you're here...

Have fun at Hell On Earth

> Click here to read about one man's suffering.
> Click here to see sheep taking a vacation.
> Click here for pictures. (PICTURES!)

> Click here to read the article for which this site gets most of its hate-mail.
> Click here to be outraged about outdated religious non-beliefs.
> Click here to be outraged about Littleton.

> Click here to go back to the main page.
> Click here to see a slightly outdated site map.

"So, how do I get to the band's web site?"

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your search engines.

As a matter of fact, a representative for the band asked for a reciprocal link some months ago. I surfed their site for a while and ended up declining the request. I saw some things there which I just don't want to be associated with.

Starting October 4, the band's web site was off-line for two weeks. The alleged cause was a "hacker attack" from Hong Kong -- whatever. It's back up now, though.

"Why don't you help me get there?"

Frankly, I don't think very highly of their tedious publicity stunt. If haven't read or heard: A band called Hell On Earth planned to stage a concert on October 4, 2003 (Saturday night) in St. Petersburg, FL, where a man was to commit suicide on stage.

Which is, of course, a creative publicity stunt in rather questionable taste. (In found out about it through the media.)

  • If you are excited by this stunt, I urge to reconsider your values: There's nothing exciting about death. Try it some time if you don't believe me.
     
  • If you are outraged by this stunt, I urge you to reconsider your values: There are far bigger things to get upset about than one man's decision to be part of another's publicity stunt.

I don't know whether the show took place, nor do I care. According to media reports, the band would face 60 days of imprisonment if it were to violate the court's ruling, and 15 years of prison for being an accessory to a suicide. Therefore I seriously doubt that they went through with it. Their web site is very careful about whether the whole shebang took place or not.

Disclaimers & Notes

I am in no way associated with the band named Hell On Earth. I have never heard their music, and after reading some of the more balanced reviews of their current record at amazon.com, I doubt I would want to. They are being compared unfavorably to Marilyn Manson and Trent Reznor. The band's sole intent seems to be to shock, which devalues them instantly. (Bands should be either about music or about sex. But that's just my opinion.)

Also: Friends don't let friends commit suicide on stage.

In my not-so-humble opinion, there's nothing artistic about death or suicide. Death is a business to many (arms manufacturers, undertakers...), but it can never be art.

I welcome any representative of the Hell On Earth band to debate any of these points with me via e-mail.

I have no ethical problems with suicide. However, I do have big problems when it comes to exploiting a suicide for personal gain (and publicity is definitely a gain).