Albuquerque Mayor Wears Pantera Sweater at Bill Signing

Because nothing says progress like Pantera (seriously)

Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller at a local bill signing ceremony in his city last week

Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller at a local bill signing ceremony in his city last week

1/1/19, 2:47 pm EST

By John Corry, photo from Alternative Press

Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller signed a bill last week granting family paid parental leave to city employees, and at the signing wore a Pantera holiday sweater gifted to him by Pantera bassist Rex Brown. Pantera is a famous metal band from the 90s widely credited with saving the genre after grunge kicked the excesses of hair metal out of the century in, like, a day.

Brown, a current Albuquerque resident, has said that the mayor is his ‘buddy’ and a ‘helluva a guy’. Keller was elected mayor in 2017 and has never been shy about his love for the metal genre: he’s introduced shows of Anthrax, Trivium and Parkway Drive and even tagged Metal Injection, Loudwire and Blabber mouth in a tweet regarding the signing.

2019 could potentially be the biggest year for metal in some time, with promised releases from many of metal’s most interesting artists, including: Mastodon, Carcass, Tool, Slipknot, Deftones, Lamb of God, Gojira, Rammstein, Periphery, Megadeth, Korn, King Diamond, and more. This coming off the heels of a year which saw releases from such legends as Sleep and A Perfect Circle and strong efforts from relative youngins like Cult Leader, Rivers of Nihil and Revocation (again: relative). Could 2019 be the year rock/metal make its ‘comeback’? The radio waves have been stagnant for a decade and people could be craving something new... Not to say that what’s popular now is ‘old’ or ‘bad’ in any Absolute way, but when no one knows who Maynard is outside of ‘fringe’ circles (‘fringe’; i’m sorry, I meant ‘non-innovative’, Mr. Levine), yet Arianna Grande can write a song about how an apparently good dude like Pete Davidson is just another ‘notch on her belt’ (that is not her singing on those records, that’s a robot (like, literally: a computer; at least Taylor Swift has a sound fairly clearly distinguished from any other autotuned sex-bot (again: not that there’s anything wrong with it; it’s just not the whole story))) and everyone knows her name (Grande), it’s no wonder a guy like Slipknot’s Corey Taylor is so ready to start the beef.

Who couldn’t love that guy? (Steve Lars photos 2011)

Who couldn’t love that guy? (Steve Lars photos 2011)

Here’s a live rendering of the Pantera’s Slaughtered at Monsters of Rock in ‘94.

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