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Former Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing Goes From Performer to Perfumer

  • Axl Rosenberg

kk downing metal for menK.K. Downing may very well have missed his calling in life: instead of being one the metal guitarists to define metal guitar, he could have been one of the entrepreneurs to entre all preneurs. To wit: if you thought that the former Judas Priest guitarist was a genius because of his musical ability, just wait ’til you hear how he brilliantly came up with the idea of Metal for Men and Metal Pour Femme, his new line of fragrances!

“I think I just woke up one morning and thought of the word ‘metal’ and I thought ‘metal for men’ and I thought, straight away, I thought, ‘What could that relate to?’ And I don’t know why I thought about it, but I thought there’s nothing out there on the market that’s associated with rock and metal fans in respect to fragrances and stuff. And I guess that, combined with my mum asking me continually what I want for Christmas and stuff, and it just came about. And it just so happens I had a friend who had associations with fragrances before, and it came about very, very quickly.”

Yes, the phrase “metal for men” could have ultimately referred to any number of items, from tools to dumbbells to door knobs to butt plugs, but Downing’s fertile mind settled on “fragrances and stuff,” because “there’s nothing out there on the market that’s associated with rock and metal fans in respect to” perfumes and colognes. I mean, besides the cologne Bret Michaels makes. And the one Phil Lewis makes. And the entire line of Bath Sabbath products. But other than those, it’s an untapped market! From such dreams, empires are born.

So how do these products actually smell? No description was provided, and although I obviously ordered ten cases of this stuff as soon as I heard about it, those won’t arrive for a few weeks yet. So I can only guess. But I think there are some common smells which we can all agree remind us heavy metal: Stale beer. Body odor. Farts. Vomit. Less-than-fresh urinal cakes. Which of these evocative scents will Metal for Men and Metal Pour Femme incorporate? My nostrils have not felt this much suspense since that time I finally got to meet and sniff Al Atkins and confirm that he is, indeed, still alive.


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