Australian Recording Industry Institutes Ratings System

The Australian recording industry has decided to initiate a ratings system that will restrict sales of some recordings to adults. “The industry’s ruling body, ARIA, last week announced that its new system will prohibit the sale of CDs and tapes containing potentially offensive lyrics or themes to under-18s. Calls for stricter classification have followed complaints about US death-metal outfit Cannibal Corpse. Over the top to the point of absurdity, their lyrics are all but indecipherable, the vocals sounding like the Cookie Monster in a sink.”