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Gory 'death metal' teacher too gruesome for school

The Local · 7 May 2010, 11:26

Published: 07 May 2010 11:26 GMT+02:00

By day, Thomas Gurrath, 29, is a trainee teacher in politics, history and ethics at Hegel Gymnasium in the city's Vaihingen district. By night, he is Thomas “The Bloodbeast” Gurrath, frontman for the gory metal band Debauchery.

Now, he’s been given an ultimatum: it’s one or the other. According to daily Bild on Friday, education authorities have told Gurrath he will have to give up the teacher traineeship he began on January 1 unless he quits his band.

Clemens Homoth-Kuhs, spokesman for the regional education authorities, told the paper: “We have in the end agreed that Mr Gurrath is now to stop his traineeship, but have told him that he can start again under certain conditions.”

The band’s album covers and promotional posters include naked, blood-covered women, chainsaws and all manner of sado-masochistic equipment. The band performs smeared in fake blood and incorporate topless, blood-covered women in their live act.

A supervisor at Gurrath’s school discovered some of the material on the band’s website and told education authorities.

On the website, Gurrath explains that the violence depicted in the band’s music and image merely reflects a violent world.

“But it’s still only music, a form of art. It`s no real violence, no one gets hurt by music, only if it is too loud,” the website reads.

Album titles include “Kill, Maim, Burn”, “Rage of the Bloodbeast” and “Torture Pit.”

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Authorities gave the singer the ultimatum, according to Bild, on the grounds that non-violence was a key aspect to the image of the teaching profession – and one that Gurrath could not plausibly represent to his pupils if he stayed in the band.

Gurrath told the paper he would not back down.

“I would never give up my music just because the education authorities order it,” he said.

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Your comments about this article

13:08 May 7, 2010 by William Thirteen
songs on the new Debauchery album to include¦quot;Kill, Maim, Read Chapter 3 for Monday's Test¦quot;, ¦quot;Rage of the Ethical Relativist¦quot; & "Afterschool Detention Pit.¦quot;
13:18 May 7, 2010 by ron1amr
Why would a supervisor look at some of the bands material and then report it to the school authorities? Does this mans private life interfere with his performance as a teacher? What he does in his own time is his business alone. There are students that perform metal and the kids love it. Although his material maybe more for the adult. I may need to look it up to see if the music appeals to me.
15:16 May 7, 2010 by nailerr
Being just another person who loves a verity of music, death and black metal included, I am often complimented on my manners and pleasant demeanour. Sensible people who live in a real are often not surprised by this.

It takes an incredibly small mind and/or despotic nature to believe there is an absolute connection between the leisure activities of a person and their behaviour towards the rest of society; not every catholic is a pedophile, not every muslim is a suicidal murderer and not every metalhead is an oafish criminal. Enforcing ignorant stereotypes is the true mark of evil here.
19:07 May 7, 2010 by Gretl
Love death-metal until they start singing (Ihate the screaming). I have worked in banking as an underwriter (loan officer) and now as a buyer for the government, yet people might be surprised what's on my iPod. Musical tastes are not contagious and will not be caught by his students.
20:44 May 7, 2010 by marimay
There is no screaming in Death Metal.
21:20 May 7, 2010 by dbert4
Everyone needs a hobby, and the girls are really hot,
22:21 May 7, 2010 by LMB222
Yet another time when I ask myself "how is that legal in Germany"?
02:41 May 8, 2010 by wetdawg~
Makes Nina Hagen look look an angel? Golly, I saw her in Koln thirty years ago...what a sweetie she was...what a sweetie she is!
12:51 May 11, 2010 by The11thHour
I like metal, always have. But I can see why the school might have a problem with this guy's band. Yeah, it might be a hobby, but what his writing, depicting, and singing about isn't a subtle message.

I found his band's MySpace page, check it out and you decide.

http://www.myspace.com/debaucheryband
08:48 May 12, 2010 by B-dogg.
Sounds to me like somebody's just a little jealous they're not playing in a Death Metal band. Really an old argument which existed before Elvis was big. And quite honestly I would rather have a teenager educated by this guy than somebody like Britney Spears or P Diddy or any other materialistic superficial idiot found on MTV. Perhaps the school supervisor needs to find him/her self their own constructive hobby to do in their free time.
10:56 May 12, 2010 by spongepaddy
Since they are banning gruesome, bloody things, why aren't they banning all the bibles in the school? Lots of rape, torture, slavery, genocide and murder in there.

At least the Death Metal isn't taken seriously by anybody...
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