Monk Is Lead Singer Of Heavy Metal Band

July 18, 2008

Marie-Louise Gumuchian of Reuters reports: Dressed in his traditional brown robe, sandals and twirling the rope around his waist, 62-year old Friar Cesare Bonizzi is no ordinary heavy metal rocker.

But as guitarists around him grind out heavy notes, the long-white-bearded Capuchin, a former missionary in Ivory Coast, has no qualms bobbing his head and shouting lyrics about alcohol, sex, tobacco and life in general into his microphone.

Describing himself as a "preacher-singer", Bonizzi has been singing for over a decade, and last month wowed heavy metal fans at Italy's Gods of Metal festival, where he performed with his band FRATELLO METALLO (Metal Brother) alongside groups such as IRON MAIDEN.

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Report from Italian TV show "Lucignolo" (which airs on Italia 1):

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