Judas Priest is apparently too metal for Instagram. Earlier today (April 14), Revolver honored the anniversary of Priest’s 1980 classic, British steel, posting its iconic cover art along with a simple caption urging our readers to name their favorite song in the tracklist. It’s a release format that we and virtually every other digital metal release have done hundreds of times, and although British steelThe artwork by – depicting a hand holding a razor blade adorned with the band’s logo – had no problem being posted to Facebook and Twitter, we soon received a message from Instagram that the post had removed as it “goes against our community guidelines.”
In a brief drop-down menu setting out the platform’s basic rules for what is and isn’t allowed on the site, the main categories of content they seek to remove are those that depict “graphic violence”; “hate speech, harassment and intimidation;” and “nudity and sexual activity”. While the 30th anniversary reissue cover of British steel take the hand off and add a ton of blood splattering the bottom of the blade, the original cover (the one we posted) is, while still totally badass and aesthetically pleasing, ridiculously tame by today’s metal standards today.
Compared to our recent posts that Instagram hasn’t touched – like Neurosis’ Through silver and blood cover, which represents blood, or that of Pantera Way beyond driving artwork, which features a massive drill penetrating a skull – British steel is completely suitable for children. But apparently the content lords on Instagram are shaking in their boots and snapping their fingernails at the mere site of a razor blade – no blood, no nudity, no hate speech, just a blade held in one hand. Incredible.
Check out the full content violation message we received below, and think twice the next time you consider sharing your love for a viewable 42-year-old album. displayed proudly, in any good record store in America.