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Interpretation of Confusion: Metal Fan
Heavy Metal – who in the hell listens to this? I’m not talking about music from Quiet Riot or so called hair bands….I’m referencing Venom, Destruction, Slayer – Speed Metal, Death Metal, Thrash, Black Metal and so on….
How can anyone make any sense of hard core growls and high speed notes on a guitar closely followed by thundering bass and exploding drums.
There is one answer to this – you either get it or you don’t!....and if you don’t, it’s ok, you most likely never will and you will continue to turn your nose towards this music genre and what Metal-heads consider a movement, a life style, a way of life and for most – a Loyal Friend.
Heavy Metal is about the extreme, it’s about the visual, about the appearance, about the shock value, about the music, about the environment and about the tribe. The Metal Tribe is vast, on every corner of the planet and no matter what, once you find a Metal-head, even if language and cultures divide, the music bond is instant. I’m not sure if this is the same with other genres…one might even enlighten me…do “jazz-heads” or “classical-heads” feel the same? is it mutual across the genres?….I don’t know. What I do know is that it exists in the Metal Tribe, and the unity never ceases to amaze me!
By now it is obvious that I am a Heavy Metal Fan and this is an attempt to enlighten anyone who would like to get a glimpse of how a Metal mind works.
Metal is my best friend, always there when I’m up and when I’m down, always improving my day no matter how good or how bad it’s been going. It’s there to pull me out of a deep depression and right next to me when everything is going my way. Metal gives power when weak, gives courage when scared and provides fresh air. The question is how and why? To everyone who gets it, it symbolizes you are not alone, being part of something which main stream and society considers dark, obscure and evil, this creates the shock value of Metal and it’s satisfying because I know only a few get it! Very few things bring a smile on my face as listening to a sound which sends masses cringing and running away in fear with an expression of disgust and shock and disbelief. That is because Metal cannot and will never be politically correct….scream it and if you feel offended you are weak because you can’t handle it. As the world has changed, NOT EVOLVED, but changed, most are careful with what they say because I might hurt someone’s feelings…boo hoo… Metal is in your face, from the gut, from the heart and it smashes your eardrums with fierce speed, growls and screams which literally scare children. Metal is considered music for outcasts and troubled youth, it is far from that!! Although it may help relieve life problems for outcasts and troubled youth it does the same for all walks of life, whether rich, poor, whatever ethnicity and whatever belief structure you may or may not have, Metal is there IF you get it.
Branding of Metal as if it is Satan’s music, and nothing but evil can come from this music where the album covers and lyrics are bloody and full of repulsive images, death, devastation, disaster, fire……. Its all “part of the act”! The more gruesome and filled with “imageries of fear” the better! Fans understand that and they get it, because it will “offend” society or their parents or whomever. Metal-heads understand the shock value of the imagery and it fuels the music as well. The feeling of being a part of a tribe which shocks, scares and mostly is misunderstood, is extremely gratifying….I understand if you don’t get it, this gets complicated but I’ll try some analogies….”the crowd” which attends Operas and Classical Concertos are similar but somehow, even though all dress alike, the imagery has been considered by society as “civilized” and this tribe is accepted and even considered sophisticated, but I don’t recall seeing groups of “opera-heads and classical-heads” in evening gowns and tuxedos gathered around a recently released album by “their musical heroes” to absorb the music. Metal fans are just that… fanatics, some more than others, but all get it.
Being a Metal fan does not mean other genres are not listened to, and it does not mean I worship the Devil, or like to see devastation and destruction, it also doesn’t mean I hate everyone and every religion, being a Metal head does not signify I want to see everything burn and I want to feed off of despair and disgrace although this is what the image, lyrics and sound make most people believe…all of this is part of the scene…part of this great theater we call life. There are always exceptions to every rule, but Metal has no rules, no boundaries and no one can ever predict what effects any music will have on human beings. As any genre, there are Metal songs which are terrible and you’ll know it 30 seconds into the song. Most people wouldn’t know the difference between a “good or bad” Metal song or band... you will if you get it. Let’s not forget that all of this has to do with taste. There are some genres of music which make me cringe and gives me involuntary expressions of pain and the reason is: I don’t get it…..and it’s ok.