New Zealand rocks: Metal mom reportedly names kids Metallica, Pantera & Slayer

Slayer’s Kerry King & Metallica’s Kirk Hammett; Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Being the site of Mordor and Mount Doom apparently isn’t the only extremely metal thing about New Zealand.

A Kiwi mother has named her children Metallica, Pantera and Slayer.

That news comes from New Zealand journalist and director David Farrier, who wrote a story on the metal mom for a piece in his newsletter.

“It’s not easy raising three of the heaviest bands,” she told him.

Upon learning that little Metallica also has the phrase “…And Justice for All” in their name — the title of the band’s 1988 album — Farrier thought the whole thing might be a joke, so he reached out to the New Zealand Registrar-General regarding policies on baby names, particular if that name is Metallica and Justice for All.

“There are no restrictions on naming babies after bands or albums as long as the word used is not generally considered to be offensive and does not resemble an official rank or title,” the response read. “This particular baby was registered in 2009 by the previous Registrar-General. A similar application made today is likely to also be approved.”

Farrier shares he’s also seen the birth certificates for each child.

“Clearly this metal mother (and her kids) deserve free metal gigs for life,” he says.


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