Metal survey

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  1. Zaeyin

    Zaeyin New Member

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  2. Unknown Doodl3.2

    Unknown Doodl3.2 look at each other..

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?

    10

    What drew you to heavy metal?

    My dad

    How old are you now?

    22

    What is your gender?

    Male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community?

    It's just like any other reference group; It has subcategories, complexities, and variety that makes it harder and harder to identify specific systems of values. That said, I think there used to be a certain "code", one that is less and less relevant, for lack of a better word, in so far as the metal crowd in general is concerned.

    Why is metal important to you?

    It's an aesthetic that's just engrained within my personality and my interests/hobbies.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?

    Not necessarily. I think many of the flack that is sent the way of metal heads is either self imposed or self maintained. But I come from a place/town/area/household that is generally open to alternative styles of music so I can't speak for everyone else; It's all in the individual's demeanour in my opinion. They may have an initial stereotypes/impression of you based on your appearance or various physical features, but there are other "minorities" who have it way worse. Being a metal head is not an absolute status in the eyes of the general population by comparison.

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?

    All the time :lol:

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?

    There's no such thing; Paradoxically there are posers though ;) don't quite know how to explain it XD

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?

    The attitude. The aesthetic.
     
  3. Stealthdjentstic

    Stealthdjentstic Banned

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    Do yourself a favor and use google survey!
     
  4. VBCheeseGrater

    VBCheeseGrater not quite a shredder

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?
    14

    What drew you to heavy metal?
    The heavy guitars, the in your face "realness"

    How old are you now?
    34

    What is your gender?
    male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community
    Be true to thyself, Do nothing for the love of money (not that i agree)

    Why is metal important to you?
    It moves a part of my soul that no other music can. I like the brotherhood aspect of it.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community? Probably, but it's not something i concern myself with.

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?
    Hell yes, metalheads can be opinionated mother funkers.

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?
    They like metal music, no other requirement

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band? They play metal music. I think chugging away on a palm muted string at some point is a necessity.
     
  5. Augminished

    Augminished Augminished Studio

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?
    12

    What drew you to heavy metal?
    Friends were into it and overall liked the sound.

    How old are you now?
    18

    What is your gender?
    Male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community
    There is something about metal players. I have noticed the seem to have more "fun". I have dealt with a ton of bands and they all seem to be stuck up or nervous but whenever I have a metal act come in there is a sense of brotherhood. (think that answered your question)

    Why is metal important to you?
    Its important because I love music. I just prefer metal. There is just something about it.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?
    Definitely. It is ridiculous the amount of people that see metal as this awful genre that is satanic, aggressive and simple. As we all know this is not true. For some metal yes, but don't group it in.

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?
    A bit when I was into more power metal stuff.

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?
    I don't really. If they are into metal then I see them as a metalhead. They don't have to sign an oath in blood.

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?
    Heavy. Thats it everything has to be heavy. Drums, guitars, bass etc. The two things I don't think about with a metal band is keys and vocals.
     
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  6. The Uncreator

    The Uncreator Control The Sun

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?
    11

    What drew you to heavy metal?
    Guitar oriented music

    How old are you now?
    22

    What is your gender?
    Male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community
    For the most part, we thrive on general equality, although we love to debate.

    Why is metal important to you?
    It is existence, it is life, it is oxygen. It is the vessel which allows me endless freedoms to create worlds, manipulate galaxies, and explore humanity

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?
    The ignorant ones do look down upon you, at least where I have grown up

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?
    Sure, that more to do with them being close minded more so than there affiliation with metal though.

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?
    You listen to metal frequently.

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?
    They play Metal. Good look defining metal though, Nightwish is metal just as Cannibal Corpse is metal, its the same family, our tree however is just absolutely massive.

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  7. Demiurge

    Demiurge Intrepid Jackass

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    Thanks!
    You're welcome!

    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?
    16-ish. Hard to really say, depending whether one counts "nu-metal". Around that age, a blend of nu-metal, Ozzy, Slayer, and Metallica. Then came college with access to broadband internet, napster, and the ability to chat about bands online and learn about the "underground".

    What drew you to heavy metal?
    The energy, propulsion, power, and as a guitar player it's exciting to hear the extremes to which the instrument can go. Also, it seemed "dangerous" in way, with my religious upbringing, to be completely honest.

    How old are you now?
    31

    What is your gender?
    Male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community
    For awhile, there seemed to be at least the ideal of one. When it was totally off the cultural map, there seemed to be a sense of community that now doesn't exist as much with the music becoming mainstream and ultra-factionalized. In my travels, I've probably met maybe two or three people "IRL" with tastes in metal similar to mine- it almost felt like being part of a secret society.

    Why is metal important to you?
    It's music I enjoy, first and foremost, and still for the reasons above. Music is important to me, therefore metal is important. The older I get, of course, my interests become more compartmentalized, so metal has kind of become a source of catharsis I can turn-to when I need it... not really a "way of life," though.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?
    I think that the people I know generally respect me. I don't make my taste in music an obvious part of my identity, so it's not like, "oh, there's Eric, the metalhead- what a spazz!" Within the so-called "metal community," I run more fuzz pedals than noise gates in my rig, so I don't know what they think of me.:lol:

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?
    Of course. I have an internet connection.

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?
    If they say they like metal and actually listen to it, that seems to be enough.

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?
    If they play metal, then that's what they are, right? :lol: I know what's being gotten at. Restating what was referred to above, there was a time where metal was not mainstream (mainstream = not actively maligned or ridiculed), and I think some fans still hold onto that notion when they see certain subgenres breaking through and other bands hopping on that gravy train. Metal fans are very shrewd with the notion of authenticity in that regard, but I must be too old or too outside of the scene to waste my energy acting as arbiter. If I don't like something, I don't like it, and the stuff that seems to be reaching popularity really isn't my bag anyway, so my reason for dislike would be the music over anything else.
     
  8. Chromaticity

    Chromaticity New Member

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?

    -It was strange for me. I got into Carcass and In Flames at 11 but got bored of those bands quickly (Not surprising since both bands are terrible) as I prefered Punk music at the time.
    ...and got right back into metal at 13 when I saw Judas Priest and Anthrax live for the first time. I never looked back since then.

    What drew you to heavy metal?

    -Everything about the music. Nothing else.

    How old are you now?

    -20

    What is your gender?

    -Male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community

    -I'm not too sure I perfectly get the question but I think there is a strong sense of community in the metal scene, especially here in Quebec between musicians in the death metal scene. Which is a good thing.

    But besides that, I personally feel out of place among most metal fans that I know, somehow. Probably because I don't share most of their views towards a lot of things, and maybe also because most metalheads don't like picky elitist assholes like me. Can't blame them.


    Why is metal important to you?

    -It is one of my favorite musical genres to listen to. I am part of 8 metal bands and I love to play it.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?

    -No.

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?

    - Multiple times, usually by people with horrendously shitty taste in metal with a few exceptions. Then again, I have contradictory tastes so I can't blame them.

    Examples :

    "WHAT?! You actually prefer cheesy 80's heavy metal over (*insert shitty deathcore band name here*). You must be out of your mind!"

    "You prefer heavy metal over death metal? You must be joking, right?!"

    The same thing applies to other genres of music. Most metalheads can't seem to accept the fact that I may think that some rap artists are more enjoyable than their favorite metal bands.

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?

    - I don't really pay attention to that kind of stuff.

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?

    - As long as the band plays anything but deathcore or metalcore. Many people like these genres, I personally don't. But these are not "authentic" metal genres in my opinion.
     
  9. theperfectcell6

    theperfectcell6 Hej

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?
    -10

    What drew you to heavy metal?
    -Loved guitar and the musical technicalities metal brings along.

    How old are you now?
    -20

    What is your gender?
    -male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community
    -We do what we want to do and enjoy it a ton although majority of people think metal and the metal community is all a joke.

    Why is metal important to you?
    -It gives me energy and fascinates me. Metal is always my first choice of music to go to, even though I have wide variety. Not a minute goes by where I am not humming some sweet metal tune out loud.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?
    -All the time. As I mentioned earlier, most people see the whole thing as a joke. I hear all the time that metal is "not music" and is rubbish. We have all heard the cliche insults. I think people who are musically inclined can find something in metal to appreciate even if it is not their cup of tea, but for those who are into the mainstream stuff or other genres seem to write it off immediately. When I tell someone that metal is my favorite genre, they look at me like I am kidding. Doesn't bother me, it's just a shame.

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?
    -Definitely. I tend to be very narrow with my choice of metal. With so many acts today, I just become more and more picky about what I actually enjoy. We all see the death metal vs. deathcore, genre comparison crap. It really isn't necessary, but hey it is what people do. Why bother in caring, it really makes no difference. We like what we like.

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?
    -I want to say that things like this don't matter to me, but that would make me hypocritical. Most of us have that ego like "Oh, I started listening to metal 15 (or more) years ago." But hey if someone really gets into the scene or just the music, then so be it. As long as they aren't being a poser, it is nice to see the community expanding.

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?
    -This is where I get picky with the bands I listen to. It is so hard to find originality in metal (music in general) nowadays. If a band can offer even a smidgen of originality with their music, I give them credit for trying new things. I guess as long as the bands are doing their best to have fun and put out material that they and their fans will enjoy, that is what is important. After all, that is what music is all about. So I guess, any metal band has the potential to be authentic.
     
  10. broj15

    broj15 SS.org Regular

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?

    about 13

    What drew you to heavy metal?

    it was unlike anything i had been subjected to before

    How old are you now?

    I'll be 21 in 3 months

    What is your gender?

    Male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community?

    I guess you could say that there are certain values and rules laid down by the father of the genre such as rejecting things that were commercial or mainstream, however I feel like those rules no longer apply and are kind of obsolete in the modern era, except for those who i guess you could call "the old guard", which may not necesarrilly be for the better

    Why is metal important to you?

    To me, metal is like nothing else in this world. I can walk up to a complete stranger at a metal show and be 100% comfortable starting a conversation with them because we're both there for the same reason: to listen to some good music. I guess you could say that the metal community kind of serves as a community/ family who don't really have a community or a family of thier own.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?

    to an extent, yes. I live in the rural mid west and It seems like everyone who is either conservative, listens to county, or top 40 either considers you an "emo faggot" or a satanist. However for every person who feels that way there is at least one other person who can see past the piercings, black shirt with illegable script, and mesh gym shorts and see that I'm just a normal person who just so happens to have a very different taste in music.

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?

    Yes. All the time. I love all sub genres of metal (slam, groove, brutal death metal, tech death, thrash, etc... anything except djent. Unless it's Meshuggah) but i do have an affinity for deathcore, which i catch alot of shit for.

    How do you deem someone an authentic metal head?

    If they have a legitimate love for the music and the community and thier not just in it because it's the trendy thing to do then they're a real metal head.

    how do you deem a band an authentic metal band?

    If they play heavy metal then they're an authentic heavy metal band. Simple as that.
     
  11. Polythoral

    Polythoral Hipster Mustaine

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?
    Given 'heavy metal' means metal in general, around 15 I think. I then learned of this nifty band named Protest The Hero, which turned me onto BTBAM, Human Abstract, and such. I had listened to Metallica and stuff before that, but not in a way that would really count me as a huge fan, I just kinda listened to whatever I was shown back then.

    What drew you to heavy metal?
    Well, first band I really listened to was Protest The Hero as I said, and they were the first band I ever really focused on the instrumental work before I did the vocals/lyrics (which were a separate amazement at a later time.). From that point forward I sort of had a love for music with decent musicianship and at least slightly technical work, and metal is a good place to find those things.

    How old are you now?
    19

    What is your gender?
    Male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community
    Not sure what is meant here, sorry. I'm assuming your first language isn't English.

    Why is metal important to you?
    I wouldn't say metal is exactly important to me, moreso just music in general. Decent metal is no more important to me that decent hip hop or pop.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?
    Not too much. I don't necessarily look like a metal cliche, so usually its a while before people learn I like metal, and by the time they do they've already learned that I'm mostly a normal person, not a violent satanist or something, haha.

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?
    Oh yes. No matter your taste as a metal fan, another fan will claim himself superior and go great lengths to try and argue/prove it, unfortunately.

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?
    I don't, really. Simple as that.

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?
    I really don't, again. I mean there are bands that are clearly closer to original metal and all, and I guess as such are 'truer' metal, but eh, in the end I don't care about such things.
     
  12. Thep

    Thep Blast & Sweep

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?

    14

    What drew you to heavy metal?

    Its energy and aggression

    How old are you now?

    22

    What is your gender?

    Male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community?

    i don't understand your question

    Why is metal important to you?

    Its something that I understand so well and like nothing else. It has taught me that even the most hideous things can be beautiful if you take the time to know it. Its an incredibly sincere form of art yet can be incredibly technical and physically demanding.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?

    Never.

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?

    Yes.

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?

    Their knowledge of metal history, classic bands, and to a lesser extent knowledge of underground and obscure bands.

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?

    All about attitude. Metal should be serious and hateful. Lyrical content should be powerful and universal. No hair styling product should ever be used.
     
  13. Hemi-Powered Drone

    Hemi-Powered Drone Dragonblade629

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?

    9

    What drew you to heavy metal?

    The energy and depth/complexity.

    How old are you now?

    17

    What is your gender?

    Male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community

    I don't quite understand the question, I'll answer it if you clarify.

    Why is metal important to you?

    It's a fun, effective means of expression. I think of that as enough to be worth it.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?

    Not really, save for a few authority figures who have expressed an prejudice. Most people just don't understand what I like about it but don't really concern themselves with it.

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?

    I like some metalcore, deathcore, nu-metal, and am a major fan of power metal if that tells you anything. :lol:

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?

    If they like metal, they are a metal head, unless they aren't.

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?

    They play metal.
     
  14. Zaeyin

    Zaeyin New Member

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    Thanks so much for the responses! I really appreciate it.

    I realized I made a typo on one of my questions, it is supposed to be:

    Do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community?

    @Polythoral: English is my first language, I just posted without really reading it over. Sorry about that.
     
  15. Guitarman700

    Guitarman700 SS.org Regular

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?
    9-10

    What drew you to heavy metal?

    The extremity of it, the air of mystery and the culture of independence. The physical and mental dexterity and stamina necessary to perform it.

    How old are you now?

    22

    What is your gender?

    Male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community

    Eh, somewhat. There seems to be an unwritten code of conduct.

    Why is metal important to you?

    It's as important to me as any other musical genre. By itself, it's important because it pushes boundaries.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?

    Of course, but for it to happen because of my musical preferences is the exception rather than the norm.

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?

    Yes, definitely. I'm very open minded about music, whereas the average metalhead often takes on a rather elitist mindset.

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?

    Not really sure how to answer this, probably because I never cared about being deemed "Real" or "True"

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?

    See above answer.
     
  16. theo

    theo Got Hype(machine)?

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?
    roughly 14 - 15 give or take a year or so

    What drew you to heavy metal?
    The energy and power.

    How old are you now?
    22

    What is your gender?
    male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community?
    Are you asking what heavy metal enthusiasts value? for me it's profficiency in the instrument you play as well as feel.

    Why is metal important to you?
    It changed my life, once I got into guitar my friendship group changed, I stopped hanging out with the dropkicks who thought stealing, wagging school and smoking at 14 years old was an awesome lifestyle and started hanging out with intellectuals and musicians.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?
    without a doubt.

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?
    Yes

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?
    I find that this question implies I myself am a music snob, deciding who is kvlt and troo. To me there is no such thing as authenticity in musical tastes. People enjoy what they will regardless of my opinions.

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?
    Same as above.


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  17. ascl

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    I signed up to answer this :)


    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?
    12 - Metallica - Ride the Lightning - was my first metal tape (yeah showing my age). Given to me by my brother cause he didn't like it.

    What drew you to heavy metal?
    The speed, complexity and raw power.

    How old are you now?
    35

    What is your gender?
    Male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community
    Not entirely sure what you are asking here, but if you are asking if there is a particular moral or ethical structure within the community that is unique, then no, I don't. The metal community can certainly be friendly, and, as with any group of society there is a certain amount of camaraderie due simply to participating in the group. People are often surprised that the more extreme live events are actually very friendly and social, but I think that is basic ignorance. In my experience every group acts this way, the less socially acceptable or understood the group, the more it happens.


    Why is metal important to you?
    Metal per se isn't. Music is. I happen to like the complexity and power of metal, the trappings that go along with it are fun, but aren't different to any other genre. The sense of community was fun when I was young, but that is true of any social group.


    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?
    Sure, people often look down upon other, less socially acceptable or common groups. It's not unique to metal.


    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?
    Hah, sure, doesn't everyone know "that guy" who only listens to the most obscure bands and everything almost by definition that you have heard of is "main stream".


    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?
    Someone who is in to the music because they like it, not just because they want to be liked. But really this is just about people actually choosing to listen to whatever they feel like, not what they feel they should, and, again, doesn't apply to just "metal". I can quite happily discuss music with pretty much anyone who has real knowledge and interest in music (regardless of style).



    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?
    There is no good answer to this IMO. Genres and classification is a highly subjective and continually evolving thing, and I try not to get too caught up with it. Whether something is "authentic" is a further pointless step. Metal isn't a religion, or philosophy to me, it's music. I do have a bit of a pet peeve about "artists" who don't write their own music, but thankfully that is mostly restricted to pop... so, a band can call itself metal, I won't be upset about it, even if I don't like their music.
     
  18. WhiteWalls

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?
    14

    What drew you to heavy metal?
    power, speed and complexity

    How old are you now?
    24

    What is your gender?
    male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community
    Contrary to what one from the outside might think everyone in the metal community (at least where I live) is very friendly and passionate about what they do, and many of my best friends are band mates or musicians i've played with in the past

    Why is metal important to you?
    Because it's music I can relate to, it's complex, it's fun to play, fun to watch and fun to listen to.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?
    No, in the past it happened a few times, but never by people I personally know or respect

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?
    Of course! There's a huge number of sub-genres that it's kind of inevitable. It's okay to like deathcore and hate symphonic folk metal, haha

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?
    One who believes in the local community and tries to push it further, I don't care for looks, I care for what people do to help others

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?
    That's not a good quality about a band in my opinion. Trying to stay true to all the metal cliches just to appear as "metal" as possible, both in music and looks, just prevents the band from progressing
     
  19. MF_Kitten

    MF_Kitten Set up us the bomb

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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?
    12-13

    What drew you to heavy metal?
    The power, the emotional output of the artists, the feeling of "therapeutic" release of emotion it gave me, the interesting and intriguing sounds, the feeling of raw ballsyness.

    How old are you now?
    soon to be 24

    What is your gender?
    male, last i checked.

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community
    Not entirely sure what you were after with this, but if we talk about value in the metal community, i think there is a surprising (to most people) amount of comradery and sticking together within the metal community. There's a sense of doing the right thing, of being moral, of being truthful and honest, and of being who you are, and being "real". Like in any larger group of people, there will be bad people of course, but as a whole, there's a feeling of brotherhood within metal. acceptance of people being different.

    Why is metal important to you?
    It conveys the sense of largeness and power that i enjoy, and that i find in other parts of life. When you think about life itself, the universe and it's vastness, the expansiveness of our world, the injustice performed by people, the intense emotions we all feel, and our real place in nature, etc... There are few genres of music that can convey that. Metal does it really well, and can express everything from the small things in life, to the vastness of the expanding universe, to fantasy, to injustice and war. It does some of the things that makes classical music so great. It gets intense. it gets powerful. it doesn't hide the truth, it doesn't censor. To me it's an amazing way to express myself as a musician, because i can put out the feelings and emotions and sense of awe and wonder and anger and happiness that i feel, in a way that truly conveys how amazing and overwhelming these feelings are. I am a very emotional person, and Metal fits that perfectly.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?
    I don't feel that I, as a person, are looked down on anymore. That was in junior high, and a little in high school. And that was mostly my silly goth appearance back then (an attempt to express myself, really). I do feel that Metal is still not an easily digestible type of music to most people though, and i can't just casually turn on some metal in any setting. It's either in the company of other metal lovers, or by myself. No in-betweens. My friends who don't listen to metal all like the stuff that i make though, because they "get" the music from knowing what i mean by it to begin with, and they don't think any worse of me for enjoying metal, they just don't get along with metal in general. It's usually because of the screaming vocals though.

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?
    Yes and no. They have disagreed with me back and forth, and because of the different trains of thought that exist in metal, some only listen to metal from a certain period, citing it as the only good metal, or the only true metal. And as with many other bands of different genres, there is always debate over which albums or periods from different bands were the best. But in general, i haven't been in a heated argument or anything like that because of my taste. it's been more like a discussion or exchange of opinions.

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?
    I don't really believe in "authenticity" that much. If someone likes metal, they like metal. Some are more dedicated to the culture of it, some are less. If you can play someone a song that is simply good music, and the genre is metal, and they like the song despite of the genre, then i would say that person can recognize good music without genre being a barrier. But again, there is no real barrier where you like or do not like metal. Some don't like or listen to enough metal to call themselves metalheads, in their own opinions, and that's really the whole thing. it's a personal thing. There are many metal bands that play music that many think isn't "real" or "true" metal, and so many don't think they have the right to call it that, or to call themselves metalheads, but i don't agree with that. "pop-metal" is still metal, whether you like it or not.

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?
    As above, i don't believe there is a real definition of "real" or "true" or "authentic" metal. Something can be said about understanding what metal is today, and something can be said about the intent put into it, but i don't think these are important. If a band enjoys metal, and "understands" it, and wishes to convey that, then that's really all there is to it. There are those who say they play heavy metal, when they really play some harder blues rock, but that's just a misundersanding of what metal is.
     
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    How old were you when you first got into heavy metal?
    ~9/10

    What drew you to heavy metal?
    Parents listened to Country. Bro listened to Zeppelin. Sis listened to Moody Blues. None of it fit....Metal did.

    How old are you now?
    38

    What is your gender?
    Male

    What do you think there is an inherent value system in the metal community.
    Yes

    Why is metal important to you?
    It keeps me content, almost like audible therapy.

    Do you ever feel like you are looked down on by people who are not part of the metal community?
    Not since mid 80s

    Has your personal taste in metal ever been attacked by other metal heads?
    Yes

    How do you deem someone an authentic metalhead?
    Be a fan of the music is ALL that makes a Metalhead IMO.

    How do you deem a band an authentic metal band?
    By playing Metal and ability to maintain energy within their fanbase and/or live crowd
     

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