In this blog, I'd like to talk about metalheads, their looks and their behaviour. I'll talk about some prejuidices and stereotypes that our society has developed about metal, metalheads, emos, gothics,... and I will be giving my own opinion. You can always comment onto this blog with your opinion about the statements but please be respectful :)
My apologies for possible spelling mistakes, English isn't my main language so they may occur!
Metalheads are "low class" people without a decent education
This is something alot of people have told me before. Let me first state that every subculture contains people from "high" and "low classes". There are people who have a low income and still go to classical music concerts and there are people with very high incomes who still go to metal concerts. Everyone knows that wealth may have some influence onto the type of music you like or the people you hang out with, but that's something which occurred in the medieval time. These days, everyone goes to all kinds of concerts and listens to all kinds of music.
Alot of people think metalheads are a bunch of retards who never had a decent education. This prejuidice has been created because of the skinheads, generally known is that alot of skinheads never had the chance to complete high studies (that's just a proven fact), but I know alot of doctors, architects, lawyers,... who love metal and go to festivals and concerts at least once a year.
Metalheads are aggressive and fight alot
This stereotype is mainly created because of the atmosphere at metal concerts. People see mosh pits happening, they see big guys standing there banging their heads and pushing eachother. I have been in mosh pits myself, I admit that they may have some aggression in them, but it's mostly a way of getting rid of stress and problems. In mosh pits, people push eachother but they don't get aggressive, they don't start punching eachother neither do they attempt to hurt someone else. If someone falls, they immediately pick them up and continue the pit.
I've been to many concerts and festivals yet and I haven't seen but one fight at metal concerts yet. The only fight I've seen was between 2 drunk guys who accidentually ran into eachother and got a bit aggressive. Drunk people can get aggressive and pissed off easily so that has nothing to do with the fact that they are metalheads.
I've also been at festivals with people of mixed music styles, there are alot of fights at those festivals. Mainly because the highest percentage of pop and hip-hop fans who go to festivals, are young people who don't know their limits. They drink alot, they don't know that they're getting drunk and once they are drunk, they get aggressive and arrogant to everyone.
At metal concerts, the majority of fans are adults. These guys and girls also are "resistant" against alcohol (I don't know why they are but I noticed they are). Metalheads drink alot of beer but don't seem to get drunk at all (there are always exceptions of course), so they don't get aggressive or arrogant because of alcohol.
Metal is just some screaming, shouting, bashing on a drumkit and pulling some guitar strings
This is a very common stereotype about the music itself. People think metal is all about making alot of noise, screaming and shouting into a microphone and creating temper.
I admit that for outsiders, the music sounds very aggressive and can sound like alot of noise, but if you listen closer, you will hear the beauty of the guitar riffs, meaningful lyrics (unlike the modern pop songs), difficult instrument and voice techiques,...
Many metal songs tend to have lyrics about political, religious and social subjects. The lyrics make alot of sense and sometimes the meaning of the song can explain why the singers are screaming. For example if you listen to hardcore bands (like Hatebreed and Terror), you will hear aggressive rythms, shouting and growling into the microphone. But if you read the lyrics, you see that they are talking about subjects like the poor people, people who are being bullied, racism,... These are subjects that cause alot of protests that sometimes turn into riots. These riots can be compared to the screaming and shouting. The riots are physical voilence while the shouting is a verbal way to express an opinion about these subjects and to release the anger caused by things like bullies or racists.
I'd like to thank all of you for reading my first blog, I hope you enjoyed it. Please let me know how it was and feel free to comment onto the topics I have been taling about. Remember to stay respectful.