New Zealand mother names her children Metallica, Slayer and Pantera

An angry baby
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A heavy metal-loving mother in New Zealand has named her three children Metallica, Slayer and Pantera.

The story was broken by Kiwi filmmaker and metal fan David Farrier in a message to subscribers to his Webworm newsletter. Farrier then retold the story in a series of tweets.

The woman, who remains anonymous, told Farrier, "It’s not easy raising three of the heaviest bands."

Farrier was initially suspicious of the story after photographs of Metallica's birth certificate appeared to show that the child, born in 2009, had been given the middle name "And Justice For All", presumably in tribute to the band's fourth album. 

Farrier then checked with New Zealand's registrar-general, Jeff Montgomery, who confirmed that the birth had been registered and that there were no barriers to such a name being given. "There are no restrictions on naming babies after bands or albums," said Montgomery, "as long as the word used is not generally considered to be offensive or does not resemble an official rank or title."

Which probably means that child number four won't be named Goatwhore.

Farrier finished by paying tribute to the metal mother, saying, "I think it's important to note that the mother is also a big fan of crossbows which are also truly metal and she deserves our complete and utter respect for this (and for raising three kids)."

We agree. Respect to you, metal mum, whoever you are. 

Earlier this year, a newborn baby was accidentally named Korn in an unfortunate birth certificate mix-up.  

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Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.