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We all have favorite bands, but do you love a band so much you’d name your child after them? One New Zealand mother (and massive metalhead) did just that.

In a Twitter thread from David Farrier, host of the Netflix docuseries Dark Tourist, he shares a link to his paywall site along with the caption, “Proud to report that a New Zealand mother has named her children Metallica, Pantera and Slayer. She told me, “It’s not easy raising three of the heaviest bands.” He followed that up with, “I become a bit suspicious when she also included Metallica’s best album ‘…And Justice For All’ in her kid’s name too, but New Zealand’s Registrar-General seems to confirm it’s a real thing.”

New Zealand Registrar-General Jeff Montgomery was quoted in Farrier’s piece saying, “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. This particular baby was registered in 2009 by the previous Registrar-General. A similar application made today is likely to also be approved.”

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Farrier would go on to note, “Plus, I’ve seen the birth certificates. Anyway, waiting for comment from Metallica, Slayer and Pantera as clearly this metal mother (and her kids) deserve free metal gigs for life. Finally, I think it’s important to note (as you can see in the photo in my article) this mother is also a big fan of crossbows which are also truly metal and she deserves our complete and utter respect for this (and for raising three kids.)”

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.