So the question inevitably comes up (usually from my justifiably concerned mother) as to why someone as kind, outgoing, happy, etc. as me listens to such "dark, angry, screamy" music. I have struggled with responding to this question because for me enjoying music (metal especially), is a visceral and subjective experience; explaining why I like it is not easily accomplished. But I recently came up with a fairly intelligent sounding explanation as to how one can enjoy metal without being the satan worshipping freak an uninformed person might assume all metalheads to be. This will come in handy if any significant others, family, or co-workers express concern over your infatuation with dark, angry, evil metal music, or just can't understand why you like it. This is less a defense of metal as a respectable genre and more a proof that enjoying dark lyrical themes and orchestration does not make you evil or suicidal.
I start by saying that at its core music is an art form and like other art forms, many people are entertained by the exploration of dark, vulgar, and aggressive themes, even though these themes do not reflect their character or the way they live their lives. A relatable example of this phenomenon, especially for older folks, is Edgar Allan Poe. His work is studied across the globe, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of all time. Broad and continued interest in his writing serves as an example of how people can be both entertained and educated by art of darker nature.
Edgar Allan Poe becomes a less effective example when people ask how such dark aggressive music can be made by normal, stable people (Mr. Poe was far from being normal and stable). When this question comes up, I will move to the example of Vince Gilligan. His series Breaking Bad, which is filled with dark and evil themes, became one of the most popular shows ever to air on TV. People watch because it's entertaining; they don't support or agree with the actions of Walter White, but nonetheless find them fascinating. Watch an interview with Vince Gilligan and you'll quickly realize that, despite the madness and mayhem he dreams up for TV, he is a fairly normal, stable person. Many metal musicians are the same way: They may write about dark or aggressive subjects, but behind the scenes lead very normal, stable lives, often marrying a beautiful woman and having lots of adorable little children.
Hopefully this will help people in your life understand why you like metal, or at the very least why listening to it doesn't necessarily make you dark, angry, or evil, or suggest that you have a mental problem. It works for me!
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