Top 10 Metal Musicians Whose Artistic Image is Much Different from Their Real PersonalitiesMetal_Treasure The message of this list is "don't judge a book by its cover". Artistic/stage image of metal musicians can be very different from what they are in real life.
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The man who wrote most of the signature Slayer songs (both music and lyrics) was actually a quiet, shy and calm guy.
Robb Flynn of Machine Head, who played over 120 shows with Slayer and was with Slayer off stage, said "Jeff was super quiet, really kept to himself".
And this "super quiet" guy wrote songs that can't be described as quiet: Raining Blood, Angel Of Death, South Of Heaven, Hell Awaits, Dead Skin Mask, Black Magic, and many more.
R.I.P. Jeff. - Metal_Treasure
Nobody described him better than Kirk Hammett of Metallica:
"It was a trip meeting Mercyful Fate because their music makes you think the guys are a bunch of evil, satanic, human-sacrificing devil worshipers. But in reality, they're all a bunch of goofy Danish guys. King Diamond had a bit of an aura about him, but you couldn't find a sweeter, more funny guy than him." - Metal_Treasure
Sounds like Kirk described him really well. - PhoenixAura81
He didn't look scary or unusual as you can see, but the guy who made death metal a thing sure can lead you to some assumptions about his personality. But they wouldn't be accurate.
He had a brilliant personality. Chuck was a very nice guy, he wasn't aggressive in real life, and loved kittens. - Metal_Treasure
Off stage, there's almost always a big smile on his face. Yeah, the guy who snarls angrily all the time when sings and who's got one of the most aggressive vocals in all metal.
Also, he's a born again Christian.
Slayer retired in 2018 so he's currently a happy granddad. - Metal_Treasure
The woman that growls like a man (or lion) in a death metal band is an animal rights activist and has been a vegan since 1998. She's very feminine off stage. - Metal_Treasure
Sure his band is called Cattle Decapitation but the band's lyrics are actually against animal abuse and are pro-environment. Plus two of the members are vegetarians. - DarkMatter1997
What DarkMatter1997 said is correct.
Also, journalists say Travis is a nice guy based on interviews with him. - Metal_Treasure
Look at the image and tell me, would you believe this guy is extremely intelligent?
Also, he has a university degree in History and is qualified to be a museum curator, for which he completed 5 years of history and one year of Latin. - Metal_Treasure
(aka Satanic Slaughter, Tom G. Warrior).
He doesn't drink, doesn't smoke and doesn't do drugs. And he's a vegetarian. - Metal_Treasure
He wrote and played aggressive music, had aggressive onstage behavior
and was regularly smashing his guitars. But he isn't aggressive in real life. He said,
"Sometimes I feel like I own the stage completely on my own for an hour. I’m just going crazy. The adrenaline is so much that all my musical upbringing is thrown into intensity on stage rather than being a musician.
After 22 years of playing, it goes instead into a mood and comes out as an aggressive bulldozer. I don’t know why; I often wonder why. I’m not an aggressive person offstage; I don’t know why I am on." - Metal_Treasure
He looks and sounds crazy, aggressive and evil. But he is one of the nicest metal guys. Also, he has been married to his girlfriend since he was 19. You know, long lasting marriages are very rare. - Metal_Treasure
Yes he's black metal but trust me when I say he's way more normal than weirdos like Varg, Euro and Hellhammer. - DarkMatter1997
He looks and sounds like a savage. But he actually isn't. - Metal_Treasure
not metal - Metal_Treasure
Not metal either - Metal_Treasure
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