Here’s the (very) rough draft. I’d love feedback, but only if it’s constructive. Otherwise it gets deleted and ignored 🙂
I’m collecting perspectives for a creative nonfiction piece that I’m writing about Heavy Metal.
*NOTE: IF THE FOLLOWING MAKES NO SENSE TO YOU, then just answer THIS QUESTION INSTEAD: WHY DO YOU LIKE METAL? and WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT IT?*
Oxford English Dictionary:
d. heavy metal, a type of loud, vigorous rock music characterized by the use of electronically amplified instruments (typically guitar, bass, and drums), a heavy (usu. fast) beat, intense or spectacular performance, and often a clashing, harsh musical style; formerly identified with hard rock. Freq. attrib. or as adj. phr.
What does it mean to be Metal? Towards a definition of Metalness as an IDEA: especially as an adjective and corresponding philosophy.
Don’t give me any of that “it’s just music” bullshit though. If you’re going to repeat the dictionary definition, then just don’t bother answering.
Image and Posturing: As fan of Metal, I’d like to think that it can be (re)defined in terms that isolate it from the [at-worst bigoted, at best hetero-male-centric] behaviors and ideas currently associated with it.
Negativity and Violence: Can someone who sees themselves as compassionate and peace-loving simultaneously accept metal, wholeheartedly (honestly)? Can one be Buddhist and Metal?
How can a music so centered on anger, hate and violence be a positive force in the world? Is it?
From a response I gave to yet one more misunderstanding of my question… *sigh — realizes why he doesn’t do forums*
I’m not saying that metal is inherently positive. Obviously any art form or style can be used to pursue most any end. What I’m asking is HOW can it be constructive. I guess I’m not as interested in people who believe in metal as a means of destroying the world or whatever. Such people are just taking out their own problems on everyone else, which is lame and immature.
My opinion so far is basically that metal uses violence, brutality and destruction to neutralize our demons. Metalheads seem dark and twisted because they are willing to recognize the world as it really is, as a fucked up place. Everyone else is living in a fantasy wonderland and in total denial.
Now, back to what the outside world has to say about METAL
Allmusic introduces the element of machismo: “Of all rock & roll’s myriad forms, heavy metal is the most extreme in terms of volume, machismo, and theatricality. There are numerous stylistic variations on heavy metal’s core sound, but they’re all tied together by a reliance on loud, distorted guitars (usually playing repeated riffs) and simple, pounding rhythms.”
Can metal escape the image it was given in the 80’s and early 90’s? Not to gain mainstream acceptance, but to be reclaimed by the metal community OFFICIALLY.