Right in the thick of the Confederate Flag debate, Mushroomhead went ahead and released some new merch designs which use the “stars and bars” motif. Response was varied, of course, and now the band has posted a photo of a new mask (at left) and wrote about… being rebels.
Says the band via Facebook:
“A rebel is a person who stands up for their own personal opinions despite what anyone else says. A true rebel stands up for what they believe is right, not against what’s right. It’s not about smoking crack, drinking till you’re rendered unconsious, or beating the crap out of anyone that crosses your path. It’s all about being an individual and refusing to follow a crowd that forces you to think the same way they do even if it means becoming an outcast to society. True rebels know who they are and do not compromise their individuality or personal opinion for anyone. They’re straightforward and honest and they will sure as hell tell it like it is.”
While Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, and Phil Anselmo of Down (and Pantera, of course, who took down their Confederate Flag designs) have all chimed in on the debate, no major band (their 2014 album The Righteous & The Butterfly debuted at #20) has been as bold in releasing a design directly embracing the Confederate flag like this.