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Music soothes the savage Beast

June 4th 2008 07:08
As I may have mentioned before, or if I haven't mentioned it, maybe you've figured it out. I'm a Metal head. That's not to say I don't enjoy other styles of music. Quite the opposite. I greatly enjoy certain classical pieces among my broad and varied music library.

Now, many people hold the belief that Metal music is just for people of low intelligence, low income, or low class. Many of these same people also find themselves getting angry when they are subjected to Metal music. They therefore believe that if it happens to them, it MUST happen to everyone that listens to Metal music, right? After all, just look at the crowd at any Metal concert these days and you'll see thousands of people, mostly young men, thrashing around angrily, throwing themselves against one another, and screaming for no apparent reason.


I was watching something a little while ago, and something that was said explained the appeal of Metal music perfectly. Phil "The Animal" Anselmo, singer from Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual, said that Metal music is "Controlled violence in a violent world". Meaning that Metal music is a healthy way for many people to work out their aggression and anger in a way that it wont hurt anyone.

For me personally, I don't even feel the need to thrash around like most. One of the most relaxing things that I have found is to sit down in a beautiful, serene environment, such as the gardens at the Norman Linsday Art Gallery in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, and blast Metal music at high volume. I find the contrast of the silence and calm of the environment with the intensity and high-energy of the music creates the perfect balance. It forms a perfect combination of two opposites, such as a Yin & Yang.

Now granted, this example is only for myself. However, my general point is that Metal music is often a way for people to express or deal with their own anger and aggression in a relatively non-violent manner.


Comments welcome,

Dan
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Comment by Tyronne

June 4th 2008 22:57
I can actually see how that might work, although I've never been a huge metal fan myself.

Comment by Daniel Morrow

June 7th 2008 14:35
Yeah, I'm obviously not saying its for everyone. Just trying to explain how it works for me. But thanks for taking the time to comment

Comment by Anonymous

June 1st 2009 23:55
I have been a huge metal head forever and am very judged for it, but no one understands it or takes the time to try. I love this article. It makes so much sense and is truthful.

DCS

Comment by Anonymous

June 1st 2009 23:55
I have been a huge metal head forever and am very judged for it, but no one understands it or takes the time to try. I love this article. It makes so much sense and is truthful.

DCS

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