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10 Vegan/Vegetarian Metal Bands That Skip The Turkey on Thanksgiving

Posted by on November 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm

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I’ve been a vegetarian and animal rights supporter for many years. So I’m always thrilled to hear about fellow headbangers who share my two biggest passions. Naturally, this subject becomes more apparent around the holidays, when 88% of Americans devour a few million pounds of meat. While vegetarian diets might be the minority, we’re in pretty good company. Here are a few animal loving musicians who will be celebrating Thanksgiving a little differently:

Cattle Decapitation's Travis Ryan & Josh Elmore


Travis Ryan and Josh Elmore are some of the nicest folk I know in death-grind, but their brutal angst filled music is almost entirely based on their vegetarian lifestyle. Ranging from songs about human slaughterhouses and cannibals, to animals flipping the table and treating humans like food, they are easily one of my favorite bands with a message.

Metallica's Kirk Hammett


It might seem weird for Metallica to have a proud hunter and vegetarian in the same band, but Kirk Hammett claims his vegetarianism is strictly for health. In an interview with KNAC.com, he explained: "I am a vegetarian but not because I love animals. I am one because I think eating animals is not good for your health. James [Hetfield’s] hunting doesn't affect me at all, as I have a lot of taxidermy in my house."

The Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman and Liam Wilson

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These are some of the most health conscious dudes I know, and it’s usually no surprise to learn they adopted a new good habit. Liam Wilson has been an advocate for yoga, meditation and veganism for many years and continues to expand on this today. Ben Weinman also became vegetarian in 2010, and even his dogs adopted a vegetarian diet along the way.

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