During a question and answer session this weekend outdoor wacken festival in Wacken, Germany, Alissa White-Gluzthe lead singer of SWORN ENEMY who is also vegan and straight edge, she was asked if it was difficult for her to maintain her lifestyle while on tour. She replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s super easy, actually, because I always party; it’s just that I don’t get drunk when I do it. But if other people want to do that, that’s their choice – it’s up to them. Smoking, I wish they’d stay away because I don’t want to breathe that. But otherwise, it’s really, really easy, actually. It’s not is not even something that I think about. And in fact, we have… In our tour bus, in our band and our crew, I’m not the only one sober and I’m also not the only vegan, so I’m surrounded by a lot of different people and we all get along wonderfully.”
A little over two years ago, White-Gluz explained why being vegan is definitely metal, telling the mercy for animalsFacebook page: “So I’ve been vegan for over 20 years now. I was vegan before I started music. I’ve never eaten meat in my life. I grew up in a completely vegetarian family, so becoming vegan was just like the next logical step. And when I started making music, there was nothing I wanted to talk about more than animal rights. And so I was now using this heavy and passionate about conveying a message I wanted When I shout in my band, I feel like I’m shouting for the voiceless, and I can’t imagine being so loud if I had nothing to say.
“Being female, being vegan, and being straight edge in the metal world is just a combination of goals on my forehead that make it easy for me to be singled out or pushed around,” she continued. “But those are just things that are so much a part of who I am that I couldn’t change them even if I wanted to. And I wouldn’t – I wouldn’t change for anyone.
“In my opinion, metal is about rebellion – it’s about forging your own path, thinking against what everyone is trying to make you think”, Under added. “And veganism is the ultimate form of rebellion, because you literally take things that people have told you are normal and deep down inside you don’t think they’re normal and you’ve been conditioned to accept in your day-to-day tasks. , like eating or what you wear or what you choose to buy. Everyone says it’s okay, that you have to exploit other living beings for these things, but you don’t. And so take stand against that, that’s what veganism is. And it really is metal.”
A decade ago, Under hung one Libby Price in the “Breakthrough Artist” category of peta2, PETAyouth section. The directory Libby Price (“Libby” stands for “liberation”) honors animal-friendly people and products.
White-Gluz took a stand against the universally condemned annual seal slaughter in his native Canada by shooting a peta2 ad which showed him above a photo of a baby seal who was about to be bludgeoned and which read: “Bum your own head, not a seal’s”. She also spoke out against the fur industry and encouraged everyone to buy only cruelty-free personal care products.