Virginia Lawmaker Talks Heavy Metal | Music

Katie King The Virginia Pilot

MANASSAS – Virginia Del. Danica Roem still gets chills as she reminisces about her all-time favorite heavy metal performance.

She was in Germany in 2013 at the Wacken Open Air, one of the biggest annual metal festivals in the world. Floor Jansen, lead singer of Nightwish, performed “Ghost Love Score”.

“She hits this above the high F sharp treble clef and she holds that note,” Roem said. “She’s holding her left hand up in the air and she’s singing – and talking about it right now just gave me goosebumps in my arms.”

It might not be what some people expect from a state legislator, but Roem is a self-proclaimed metalhead. Listeners to a SiriusXM radio station may have overheard the Manassas Democrat talking about her love of music earlier this month while co-hosting the Liquid Metal with Jose radio show, with host Jose Mangin.

Roem, 37, who has been a fan of heavy metal music since high school, said she played some of her favorite hits from Nightwish, Lacuna Coil and Arch Enemy, and also discussed her new memoir, “Burn the Page “.

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“It’s an audio rebellion,” Roem said, explaining why she likes to discuss metal. “There’s so much technicality in the music to begin with that you don’t find the diversity of metal in any other genre of music.”

Roem, who also co-hosted with Mangin in 2019, said they connected shortly after winning his House of Delegates seat five years ago.

“Jose was so excited when I won my first campaign in 2017 and he talked about me on the radio, so I reached out to him,” she said, explaining that Mangin was thrilled to see another metalhead. take office. Roem had spoken publicly about his love of heavy metal.

Roem added that she got hooked on metal after attending Ozzfest in Virginia as a teenager in 1999.

Since then, Roem, the nation’s first openly transgender state legislator, estimated that she had attended hundreds of concerts around the world. And she’s not just sitting on the sidelines; she was also a vocalist for Cab Ride Home, a Northern Virginia thrash metal band that disbanded in 2017.

Although her love of metal might be somewhat unorthodox for a politician, Roem said she doesn’t mind going against the grain.

“When I ran for office in 2017, I was not from the central cast,” said Roem, who recently announced she was running for a new Senate seat in Northern Virginia. “I was a transgender, a metal head, a journalist, a yogini, an unemployed vegetarian mother-in-law, without insurance and driving a $324 Dodge Shadow.”

Given that she was elected three times, Roem added that it seems her constituents value her authenticity.

“(Heavy metal) is part of my identity,” she said. “I will always have a heavy metal heart; that will never change.

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