The shooter in the Dayton massacre was in a “pornogrind” band

If Republican politicians are quick to blame the weekend’s slaughters in El Pass and Dayton on video games, (Spoiler: They’re not.) it may not be long before they start blaming metal music. Here is why.

There are many different types of extreme music, but few are uglier, more immoral, repugnant, and indefensible than “pornogrind,” a brand of metal that focuses on songs with themes of the rape and killing of women.

Also known as a form of “goregrind” (itself a sub-genre of grindcore), this particular brand of extreme metal has a following throughout parts of the US midwest, including Ohio.

According to Vice, Conner Betts, the shooter in Dayton, was known to sing lead vocals in a band called Menstrual Munchies. Their song catalogue includes titles like “Preeteen Daughter Pu$$y Slaughter,” “C*nt Stuffed With Medical Waste – Sexual Abuse Of A Teenage Corpse,” and “6 Ways of Female Butchery.” (Betts apparently had nothing to do with the writing or recording of any of the band’s material.) They played live at an event called Summer Massacre 2 in Chicago back on June 29.

BuzzFeed News found this on YouTube before the account was deleted. Betts is on the right. In a dress.

When he wasn’t singing with them, Betts was also part of a group called Putrid Liquid. He might have also been associated with a “black metal antifascist” band called Neckbeard Deathcamp.

Other midwestern pornogrind bands have names like Bill Nye da Nazi Spy, C*nt Torch, and Necro Cannibal Ass Grinder. There’s even a festival called Pornfieldz of Illinois Grindfest.

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Those involved in the scene say that they’re not serious and that they’re out to shock in the same way Marilyn Manson did for a previous generation.

Vice quotes Ryan Ward of C*nt Torch: “I feel it’s our responsibility to make it a point to let people know that, no, this is not what we actually stand for,” he added. “Our songs aren’t prophecies, you know, like, they’re not fucking, ominous fucking messages that are supposed to come true. They’re just songs.”

Uh-huh. “Just songs.” Right.

Meanwhile, how long will it be before someone conflates pornogrind with all metal? People are looking for scapegoats. A group called Acacia Strain has already been singled out by a journalist as a contributing factor to the massacre because the shooter wore one of the band’s hoodies as he went on his rampage. (The group had this to say in response.)

There’s a whole lot more here. You can also go here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “The shooter in the Dayton massacre was in a “pornogrind” band

  • August 6, 2019 at 11:43 am
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    This is nothing new. I remember a band by the name of the Mentors in the 80’s that sang songs of misogyny and wore hoods to stay anonymous. There is a history of this is rock and would make a great article.

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  • August 6, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    I was at that Chicago show supporting one of the other bands in the lineup and it has been tearing me up since I found out who the shooter was. It’s terrifying to know I was so close to someone so evil just 5 weeks before this. The band I was there for was more of a standard thrash metal style, and almost everyone before them had some weird pornogrind/grindcore shtick, but they all interacted well with everyone there. The connection the media is making to the music is not surprising, but it goes along the lines of “not ALL the people who like that music are bad.” Still, many of us are struggling with the relationship local metal bands of all subgenres have with the more extreme subgenres.

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