Theyre simply people who find catharsis in uncompromising, aggressive music. In fact, numerous surveys and studies argue that metalheads might be some of the most passionate, grounded music fans out there. Here are five reasons metal fans are worth celebrating.
Turns out, metalheads are loyal and faithful people. As per musical preferences and lifestyle preferences analyzed in this paper, rock music (not metal, data lacking) fans tend to have fewer sexual partners than fans of dance, house, hip-hop, rap, jazz, and indie music.
A recent study has shown that listening to heavy metal actually reduces an individuals sensitivity to violence. The study also showed that long-term fans were generally happier in their youth and were better adjusted in middle age than non-metalheads.
“People feel that their anger is matched to the music when listening to metal, and therefore find it easier to process it. Metal formulates a safe, and healthy space for this to happen. In some cases, metal also combats loneliness and makes us feel less alone in these emotions, allowing the listener to accept them.”
But beyond the music sounding the same and sharing similar standards of excellence, metalheads and classical fans also share similar temperaments. According to studies out of Heriot-Watt University, both groups of fans tend to be creative and gentle individuals, comfortable in their own skin.
Despite the common claim that music genres like heavy metal make fans more violent, research has shown the exact opposite. A recent study has shown that listening to heavy metal actually reduces an individuals sensitivity to violence.
Does rock cause depression?
Themes of pain, loneliness and death feature prominently. But theres no evidence that listening to this style of music, or any other, will cause you to feel depressed. Perhaps the most well-cited research in this area is a 1998 study published in the Journal of Adolescence.