On July 17, the town of Bend, Oregon was so scared that Anti-Christ Demon Core (also known as ACxDC) was going to be playing a house show there that not only did they call the police, not only did they demand the show to be cancelled, not only did they call the band “neo-nazi skinheads” (FYI, they are all Latino and are anti-racism), but they threatened to burn down the house where the show was if Anti-Christ Demon Core performed, because, apparently, what a good evangelical Christian does when dudes that like Satan are playing a show is commit arson.
So, the gig was shut down and the band was basically run out of town, but managed to set up another show a few towns over -- blah blah blah -- DIY triumphs and all that. But, what is more interesting is that one week later, while the band was en route to a gig in Santa Cruz, they passed a flipped car that had an unconscious man sill inside. Do you know what the nasty, malicious, hateful little cretins in ACxDC did?
Well, they did what any devil-loving band would do and saved the man’s life.
Luckily, guitarist Jose Lopez was trained in first response. Lopez says, “We ran over and called 911. He had muscle twitches. People tried to touch him, but we made sure they didn’t, because that can actually do more damage.”
Meanwhile, vocalist Sergio Amalfitano and other band members helped divert traffic. Amalfitano says “He was responsive in that the top portion of his body was moving, but he wasn’t really conscious.”
“We don’t encourage killing or death at all, really -- except maybe Nazis,” Amalfitano says. “ACxDC is the result of the surroundings that we were around- Christian metal and black metal. The black metal guys always talked about killing Christians and burning down churches. But, we were like, ‘You guys don’t do anything.’ It was just as silly as Christian metalcore to us.”
Acknowledging the inherent silliness in extreme music, ACxDC play vicious, nasty, abrasive-as-hell grindcore. Songs rarely last more than a minute and some are as short as thirty seconds. In lieu of chorus and refrains, the band smashes along like a dump truck in a garbage disposal while Amalfitano shrieks the most inflammatory things he can think of.
For example, on “Sexual Fantasies With Biblical Figures,” the least offensive line is “Facial hair gets me wet, the way it feels against my chest.” When I ask the band about the song, they collectively break out into schoolboy giggles, acknowledging the song’s South Park style humor. “That was a very intense wet dream,” Amalfitano says. “It was another one of those things that was tongue-in-cheek. We’re all for gay rights, transgendered rights, equality. As far as anybody knows, Jesus -- was he homosexual or heterosexual? Who knows? I didn’t intend for it to be offensive.”
On “We Kill Christians,” the band whips forward in frantic grind while Amalfitano screeches “We kill Christians! We’re satanic! Fuck religion!”
“Really, I loosely associate with LeVayan Satanism,” Amalfitano explains, referring to a belief system that denies the existence of the supernatural and uses “Satan” as a metaphor for a person’s own inner strength and individuality. In fact, Amalfitano shares a number of likenesses with the dark master himself, Anton LeVay, including pointy ears, a bald head, and even a devilish goatee.
“I think human beings are prone to use any ideology, even straightedge or vegan, with which we are associated, to make themselves feel better and to push their ideals on others and dehumanize people,” Amalfitano says. “I think any ideology is inherently bad because you can never live up to it. Whether it’s Orthodox Christianity or fundamentalist Islam, that’s when you’re separating yourself from somebody else because you don’t agree with them.”
It’s doubly interesting that the members of ACxDC have pledged their allegiance to Satan, or at least to Satan-inspired independent thought, considering their backgrounds. Many of the band’s members have parents that are first generation immigrants from Mexico, a community that is generally very dedicated to the Church. “My grandma will never know anything about this. She would never talk to me again,” says guitarist Aldo Felix. “My mom worked on a ranch in Mexico. She didn’t really flip, but she was like, ‘what are you doing?”
Lopez adds, “My parents know what’s up. As far as my extended family- I see my grandma and she gives me pamphlets with religious scripture. Because of my tattoos, she brings little pictures of me when I was little and says ‘So beautiful! So beautiful.’ Then, she touches my arm and is like ‘Me no like, mijo. Me no like.’”