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Although you might not think it, heavy metal music is not all that bad. A lot of people consider ‘heavy metal’ music to be bad, evil stuff that will turn you into a blood drinking devil worshipper, but nothing could be farther from the truth. I’ve listened to metal music since I was fairly young, about 12 or so. I was listening to the new Slayer album, World Painted Blood, the other day and got to thinking about what it is that people like about metal. I’m pretty sure that most people don’t listen to it for the lyrics, because a lot of the time they are pretty terrible. On the surface metal bands often sing about death, destruction, evil, hurt and pain and all the ‘bad things’. (not all metal bands, but many of them) Sure, there’s probably a few weirdos out there who actually like death, destruction, and evil, but I’ve never met a person who truly liked those things, and I’ve met a lot of metal-heads. The music, or ‘noise’ as parents around the world would say, is one reason most people like metal. It’s fast, heavy, and distorted, and often has amazing guitar solos that some people really like, especially when in certain moods. Hmm… Certain moods?
People will often put on some metal when they’re frustrated or angry. I don’t know many people who put on Slayer or Mastodon when they feel like dancing. That’s because metal can provide a release of those negative emotions. One minute you are fuming mad and before you know it you’re bouncing your head and feeling connected with the music. That’s because the people who wrote the music were probably feeling frustrated or angry when they wrote the song. They were using the song to release their negative emotions when they wrote it, and that’s the entire reason for the music to exist in many cases. That’s the entire function of many heavy metal songs and the bands that write them. And that’s why the music offers that release to people who are listening as well. Of course you don’t always put on metal music because you’re angry. When I was listening to the Slayer album and thinking about this whole thing I had just put the album on to hear it because it’s new, but I think that a big reason that a lot of people enjoy metal is because it offers that release. It takes their awareness off of how frustrated they are and focuses it on enjoying the fast paced, angry music. Sure, on the surface the song Hate Worldwide may sound like Slayer is trying to spread hate around the world, but are they really spreading hate? Or are they spreading a release of hate? I think it’s the latter.