Top Ten Problems with the Extreme Metal CommunityI typically like extreme metal to an extent, but there are some massive problems within the community that tend to go unmentioned. Well, no longer. Here are the biggest problems that I've noticed within the extreme metal community. Keep in mind that this does not apply to all extreme metal fans. That would be unrealistic. But the community surrounding extreme metal tends to have these trends at one point or another.
I don't have anything against metal music, but the community has a considerable share of whiny prepubescent kids who praise metal and actively go out of their way to talk crap on other genres. The act of actively going out to talk crap on other genres is far more prevalent in the metalhead community than any other. Also, there are the guys who keep looking at the music industry with their close minded 'Ah the 90s were great' bubble. There are certain people in the metalhead community whom I've witnessed talk crap on 10-11 year olds for liking Bieber and Lil Wayne. Like, how low do you have to be to talk bad on children regarding a simple difference of opinion?
Yes. They hate other music genres besides extreme metal or the general metal. They hate every popular bands. They called them pop my a**. I don't understand why they do that. This sums up everything that made the flaw in metal community.
This is the big one. Now, it's not a problem to have a favorite genre of music. After all, music is art, and art is subjective. And that's simply it. Music taste is entirely subjective. This does not have exceptions, regardless of how much you like a certain genre. People who like even the likes of Nicki Minaj or Justin Bieber are no less people for liking those performers. It's only a problem if they invalidate the opinions of others over their taste. In the words of Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, "That's like, your opinion, man."
Oh my god, I hate elitism so much!
Many (not all) extreme metal listeners are elitists who think every other genre is poser. They spend much more energy in hating on other bands or genres that in loving their favourite bands. I cannot understand...
This is almost exclusive to black metal, which prevents it from being the biggest problem. But the fact remains that nazism in general speaks for itself as a problem, and is made even stranger when it is considered that a good amount of black metal comes from areas of the world directly affected by Hitler.
See for instance the general reaction to Dimmu Borgir, a band that combines traditional black metal elements with symphonic elements. Among the extreme metal community, the band is almost universally panned (save for the first two albums) for not having some of the more brutal elements of black metal. It should be encouraged for bands to experiment, not frowned upon.
Any kind of change is frowned upon. If you get softer and not heavier, or if you go more commercial, the Metallica effect as I call it happens. If you don't like a bands new sound, then don't listen to it. Listen to the music you want and stop complaining
A considerable amount of people in the metalhead community refuse to even try to listen to other genres, as they praise their genre like the sun. Y'know, a little open mindedness would never hurt
Metallica: *makes a more radio friendly album*
metal fans: "OMG SELLOUTS"
this about sums it up and I'm not even a big fan of Metallica's later output. there's nothing wrong with a band slightly changing their sound around. if they want to experiment, just let them! it doesn't mean they're selling out
For example, Chuck Schuldiner (commonly referred to as the Godfather of Death Metal) once said " I would like to see metal become more of a united thing. I'm tired of people breaking things down into categories like thrash metal and death metal. I think people tend to stick to one category, and I want people to support all kinds of bands, whether it be Slayer or Queensryche or Death. I miss the days when it was acceptable to listen to everything from Priest and Maiden to Slayer and Venom." So why do some members of the extreme metal community ignore the words of the founder of death metal's own words?
You guys are hating on rap fan for rapping about drugs and money, but what about Cannibal Corpse?
Not hating on either, and it can go both ways as well.
They hate Taylor Swift but they listen to Cannibal Corpse. Heyheyjey.
An example of this is the murder of Euronymous of Mayhem by Varg of Burzum. This is either completely ignored by fans of Burzum or pass it off as Euronymous being a jerk (not their actual words) and thus deserving to die (Source: Comment section of a video of Dunkelheit by Burzum). That about sums that up.
Actually I kind of think it's best that they do ignore the artists' actions. I'm not saying that they should in any way follow their beliefs and commit their actions, but they should just focus on the music. Isn't that what music's about? Just saying.
I've been into metal for more than 3 years and I never could wrap my head around why people condone the murder of Euronymous. he was very moronic and egostical but that doesn't mean that he deserved to get killed. the same thing goes for the church burnings. just because you don't like religion does not make it okay to destroy a church
See Ignorance of the actions of band members.
This applies for almost every musicians.
Ask anyone why Kreator's Pleasure to Kill is so good. The answer: it's the heaviest and most grinding album of 1986!
See Experimentation is frowned upon.
Elitists didn't know how to respect other opinions. This is one of the reasons why metalheads gave a bad rep.
Filler, see elitism.
They are guys who play music, most of them are like you and me, just regular people
I'm sure there will be many that argue metal isn't rock. But look at it. Metal: Uses mostly guitars, bass, drums. Rock: Uses mostly guitars, bass, drums. The difference is metal is a bit more intense. Metal is not much of its own genre, in fact, it's way more of a sub-genre of rock! Proof? The earliest records of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.
They can't admid that what their are listening started in the Fifties ( the mix of white and black music ). Seems that they don't understand the word " progression " in Rock's progression line. Just because they don't hear a " blues ", a " rock and roll " etc... element in today's Metal doesn't mean that Metal was invented at sudden from nothing.
They didn't know about the etymology of rock and roll.