The Mentors were formed in Seattle in 1978 and during the 1980s were the most controversial and hated of metal bands. The
“ParentalAdvisory”stickers that exist on records are in part thanks to these guys. The Mentors were the band that whose lyrics were quoted
mostoften(for shock value)by conservative Christian Senators who held hearings on the floor of the U.S. Congress in order to determine how tocensor
the music industry.
Frontman El Duce supposedly killed himself by jumping in front of a train in 1997 days after claiming he had been hired to kill Kurt
Cobain,althoughmultiple theories about what really happened surround his death. This led to the dissolution of the Mentors, although they
laterreturned in 2001 with arevolving-door lineup.