Top Ten Problems with the Extreme Metal Community

I 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.

The Top Ten

1 Elitism

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? - styLIShT

Basically what gives Heavy Metal a bad name in general. - CrimsonShark

Need I look any further? - naFrovivuS

I agree with this list a lot... - SomePersonYouHate

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2 Nazism

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. - Sop

3 Hypocrisy

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? - Sop

4 Experimentation is frowned upon

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. - Sop

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 - RustyNail

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 - styLIShT

5 Narrow views as to what constitutes a good band

See Experimentation is frowned upon. - Sop

6 Lack of tolerance for other's opinions

Filler, see elitism. - Sop

7 Ignorance of the actions of band members

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.

You're right, I'm just saying that it's not good to say what they did (in some cases, murder) is right just because they like the band. - Sop

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. - Sop

8 Harsh criteria
9 Questionable morals

See Ignorance of the actions of band members. - Sop

10 Seeing the band members as gods

They are guys who play music, most of them are like you and me, just regular people - RustyNail

The Contenders

11 The people there are often very defensive and biased
12 Lack of knowledge on Rock's history

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. - naFrovivuS

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.

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