Last week, Providence death metal band Vital Remains played in Sanford, Florida. They were joined onstage by Andrew Ricks, a uniformed local police officer, for "Let the Killing Begin," the intro to the band's 2003 album Dechristianize. The track features a movie sample wherein Jesus Christ receives his death sentence.
And at the conclusion, Ricks, a cop in Sanford since 2010, joined frontman Brian Werner in growling, "LET THE KILLING—BEGIN!!" He threw up the devil horns, pumped his fist, shrieked and generally exuded pure fandom:
Now, the Orlando Sentinel reports that Ricks is jobless. A statement from Sanford Police Chief Cecil B. Smith reads:
"An incident of this nature erodes the thin fibers of trust which already exist between the community and the police and it will not tolerated within the Sanford Police Department. ... It is imperative that we have no misrepresentations of the immediate actions taken by the police department in situations of this nature and that we will continue to provide professional service to all citizens of Sanford."
Werner is quoted on several metal sites as saying, "This is exactly what's wrong with the world today."
1981: "Purgatory" (single)
A bargain: Two absurdly grotesque countenances for the price of one.
It's not enough to be a desiccated corpse with metal hair in a dystopia with strange neon window shades—the creep's also gotta be wielding a bloody hatchet.
1983: 'Piece of Mind'
He's chained up in a padded room because he caught a glimpse of himself.
1988: 'Seventh Son of A Seventh Son'
Hard to choose what's most disturbing about this one—the nightmare-inducing eyes, the robotic spinal cord spilling toxic goo, the giant organ being proffered or the terrified little beast trying to break free from inside the organ.
1988: "The Evil That Men Do" (single)
Why is Satan a cat?! Does that mouth-prison go on into infinity?! WHO PUT THE SNAKES IN HERE?
1990: 'No Prayer for the Dying'
Even this ghost is scared shitless.
1992: 'Fear of the Dark'
Oh god, you guys even had to ruin trees?
1993: 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' (single)
Yo, guy with two sets of horns, that dude's a fan of the band! Don't impale him through the stomach with a pitchfork!
1995: 'The X Factor'
The band's first album with singer Blaze Bayley in the fore, after Bruce Dickinson's departure, was also a huge swerve in the art department. It's much more realistic than the band's usual material, and among the very most horrific of the bunch.
1995: "Man on the Edge" (single)
Even more gruesome than the artwork on the album the song's from. This is too far.
1998: 'Virtual XI'
Who is that demon, why is his head split open, and what is he going to do to that soccer team in the corner?!
2002: 'Edward the Great: The Greatest Hits'
Great, we're bringing dogs into this? And leopards?
2003: "Rainmaker" (single)
Don't show us a gross mouth like that up close!
2010: 'The Final Frontier'
Far too many brains in this band's discography.
- Courtesy of Iron Maiden
2015: 'The Book of Souls'
Take your pointy earlobes and your devil sneer and get the hell away from us, man.