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.
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...
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?
When it comes to music metal elitists are the worst because they can be found easily in youtube comments usually saying "I was born in the wrong generation,why can't music be like this" or some stupid crap like that.They can also be easy to find in this site where they say crap like "Metal is real music and anyone who likes different music genres should die" or something like that.-I like some metal genres like Alternative Metal or Power Metal but when it come to Rock music I prefer Punk Rock or Pop-Punk and I like EDM and Rap better than Rock,deal with it.-LitSavage
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
See Ignorance of the actions of band members.
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.
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.