What is the heavy metal ideology?

What is the heavy metal ideology?

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Nacogdoches, TX

#1 Oct 13, 2008
Hey guys I'm doing an ethnography for my english and I decided to do the heavy metal subculture. I would like to know, from your standpoints, what is the heavy metal ideology, in other words, I would like to know: what is "metal" and what is not "poser"

United States

#2 Oct 16, 2008
Well, i won't / can't give you a "Fan" perspective on this, cause as a cross-genre guitarist of about 25 years, i spent more time on the actual music than imagery and lyrics and "visuals" of metal. My musical "take" on this is that since i've spanned a few decades of the metal genre, and considering that metal has branched out into different sub-genres, i'm aware of one common thread that runs through most metal forms. First - it has to be big. The sound , production, the live show. Everything has to have that "Larger than Life" feel. i could use the word "Extreme", but today that conjures up a genre that in my opinion may not be so... Anyway, Big stacks of amps in a "wall" fashion, a huge double bass drum kit, Power vocals (again, MY definition, not what is popular..), Btw- i define "Poser" as any band who claims to be "Metal" (perhaps on their myspace page?) simply cause their mom bought them a distortion pedal to hook up to a small amp, and they routinely have a "Punch out" card from Hot Topic. Here's some metal history for you by way of the guys in Judas Priest....who hold the title of "Metal Gods". As a young school lad, singer Rob Halford used to walk home from school past an actual metal factory / foundary, and would recall seeing the huge vats of molten metal being poured into molds, and hearing the huge sound of the metal stamps, pounding out various blocks of metal. He said it was a very loud sounding and earth shaking noise , and he always had in mind to create a music that would match that, and this was way before Black Sabbath was credited, and before any Steppenwolf song was written.....

Columbus, OH

#3 Oct 30, 2008
metal is a way of life. its being able to say 'F@#* you' to anyone who needs it. being able to say what you want, what everybody else is afraid of saying. not to mention being familiar with the fine art of moshing. ;) \m/ rock on

Bogotá, Colombia

#4 Mar 30, 2009
el heavy metal es interesante ! amo a Iron Maiden !

United States

#5 Apr 8, 2009
chahn wrote:
metal is a way of life. its being able to say 'F@#* you' to anyone who needs it. being able to say what you want, what everybody else is afraid of saying. not to mention being familiar with the fine art of moshing. ;)\m/ rock on
Well Said


#7 Jul 3, 2012
I think metal music is more than just a genre. I almost see it as a force to identify with. A lot of metal deals with what people would deem as negative emotions/ideals excluding christian metal, power metal and some metalcore. I feel people are able to relate to metal on there own personal level, in this way bringing a sort of "release". A lot of metal singers sing their "demons" out, its this release of inner-demons whether its anger, depression or whatever, is what the individual listener can relate to. The music reflects these emotions, so it will come across as dark or aggresive not to mention freaken awesome. Life isn't all flowers and metal is the music that reflects this idea. METAL IS NOT FLOWERS. And it is important that a genre in its "pure/unadulterated" form cause yes there is "poser-metal" is able to do this.

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