Top Ten Questions About Metal Music to Ask the Metalheads of TheTopTens

This is not a critical list putting down fans of Metal. I'm genuinely interested in what it is you like about it. I myself won't turn my ears against it but some of those songs are just plain sick-inducing.


Just regard this list as a friendly interview in a location of your choice. Get comfortable; feel free to say what you want (within admin's reason of course ;))
Thank you for taking part *gives feeble attempt at Devil's Horns*
The Top Ten
1 Can you understand the words when they're screaming?

It depends, honestly. If I listen to the song without the lyrics, then yeah it's hard to make out any words. But when I listen to it while reading the lyrics, it makes understanding the words in the song a lot easier.

Not always but I know that metal is a music-oriented genre and not lyric-oriented. You can always read the lyrics. Even though most of the metal songs have meaningful lyrics, I listen to metal for guitar riffs and solos, drums, vocal styles. Do you think people understand the words that opera singers sing? No. And opera singers even sing in Italian but you can still enjoy Pavarotti's singing.

This is one I want to know. But I assume you mean like the Screaming metal were all they do is scream and I can't understand a word they are saying. but I just assume there mainly singing aboot devils and demons and hate oh my.

Because Heavy metal is actually understandable Screamo metal is not.

There are only a few metal screaming vocalists I cannot understand at all.

2 Can you describe metal in three words?

Dark, Brutal, and... umm... Something?

Energetic, heavy, and epic.

Speed, power and energy

3 How did you get into it in the first place?

I listen to Metallica. My first metal songs that I ever heard is One by Metallica. At first, it sounds so weird but I like it later. Before I got to metal, I already listen to some pop singers such as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Adele and Lady Gaga and then I got into rock bands such as Guns and Roses and Deep Purple and Pink Floyd.

Well, I was starting to get into heavier rock music and I kind of wanted to get into metal as some of my online friends were into it so I thought "hey, maybe I can give metal another chance". I asked my dad to play me some good metal for starters. He played me a few Iron Maiden songs and I ended up really enjoying them. That pretty much started my love for metal and all things heavy.

I watched a video of the most hated music artists by WatchMojo. One of the entries was Metallica, the first metal band I knew (I also knew Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but I didn't know they were metal). Some of the samples the video played were cool. I then looked up the best Metallica songs on this site. Number one was Master of Puppets (I searched up this list in 2017), so I played that song. I have never been so impressed with a song on the first listen like I felt for this song. I loved electronic music before I started liking metal. Now, with all the bands I love and listen to, I love both genres equally.

I was a child. My father is a great rocker, listening to bands like Linkin Park, Red hot chili peppers, dire straits etc.
He influenced my musical taste. I started listening to Christian rock bands like skillet, but also metal artists like Rob zombie and Lost Eden. But the First time I really got into metal was when I First listened to disturbed.
It was six years ago, and now I listen to Sixty bands

4 Do you think metal can be for children?

Yes. Traditional heavy metal is not explicit and neither is power metal. Songs in those genres are usually quite positive and have lyrics about history, fantasy, etc. more extreme genres however like death and black metal are way too dark and I wouldn't play any kids a band from said genres.

It depends on the sub-genre of metal. For example, death or brutal metal isn't that appropriate for kids. But, some sub-genres are.

Depends if it's symphonic metal. Symphonic metal probably is the best metal genre for children. Death metal is the worst genre for kids.

When I was a child I used to listen to Rob zombie and Lost Eden ( melodic death metal), so Yes.

5 How does it make you feel when you listen to it?

I think this is the most important question. My answer is: it makes me feel on top of the world - Alive, Energized, Confident. It gets my blood pumping like nothing else.

It gives me a lot of energy, and so makes me feel happy
I also listen to gojira when I want to relax myself.

It makes me energized. Metal is just a powerhouse of music as mitochondria is to cells.

It makes me feel thrilled, energised, and happy. Damn, I feel like listening to sepultura right now.

6 What do you like about Cannibal Corpse?

Was looking at a list by Metal_Treasure. I noticed the name Cannibal Corpse and thought..."weird name". Then saw some of the titles and grimaced. THEN I played a sample from one their songs from the list...strewth! I nearly had a heart attack! I'm genuinely amused and interested to know if you really like this band or is it because they're so controversial?

Their drummer is awesome, their guitarist is great, their bassist (Alex Webster) is a GOD on bass. And, their singers (George Fisher and Chris Barnes) ARE talented. It just takes a while to get used to their style of vocals. I'll agree their album covers are...weird, and their song titles are a bit silly at times, but they *are* a good band. (In my opinion)

The gore, drummer, & it's oh so controversial titles almost every song not my all time, but one I do like.

Their album "Kill" and that's about it.

7 How can you tell if a band or song is really metal?
8 What do you like best about your chosen genre?

I like metal because it's real, and tells about every side of Life in general, focusing on issues and how to heal, but also many other themes. I also like It because of the huge quantity of talented musicians.

Vocals, lyrics, guitar, drums... no growls, I can actually comprehend what they are saying compared to the heaviest genres

Guitar solos and talent of those metal musicians.

The talent, and the good sound that comes with it.

9 What sub-genre is your favourite?

I like most of the metal genres such as Thrash, Traditional and Prog. The only metal genres that I don't like are black metal, glam metal, grindcore and deathcore. For the best is prog metal.

I like almost all metal subgenres except those with little-to-no-metal in them: rap metal/nu metal, alternative metal, industrial metal, metalcore, and some smaller ones. My first choices are:
thrash metal, technical death metal, speed metal, classic/ traditional metal, neo-classical metal.

Traditional heavy metal. I really like listening to Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and other bands like that. I also enjoy some thrash and glam metal.

Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal, Doom Metal, Death Metal, and Power Metal are all great, but my favorite is probably Traditional Heavy Metal.

10 If you were to be frozen in time and thawed out in the future by scientists, what metal albums would you bring with you?

Meteora by Linkin Park. No matter what people say, I Will Always consider It a nu metal album.
Indestructible by disturbed, holy hell by architects, l'enfant sauvage by gojira, automata II by between the buried and me, ire by Parkway drive, we are not your kind by Slipknot, fear inoculum by tool, uroborus by dir en grey, obzen by Meshuggah, underneath by code orange, what the dead men Say by trivium and many others...

The Contenders
11 What band got you into metal?

Disturbed. I still think they are One of the best metal bands existing today

Metallica. I just listen to the song One.

12 What band would you say is the heaviest?

I'm going to have to go with Electric Wizard for this one. Not only are their rhythms and melodies very dark and sound evil and apocalyptic, but the sound of their music was insanely heavy.

Infant Annihilator. They're so heavy they make Slayer sound like a pop band.

For slow heavy, Gnaw Their Tongues or Dragged into Sunlight. For fast heavy, Cryptopsy, Nile, or good ol' Cannibal Corpse

13 What's your favourite band?

Linkin Park. They are not a only-metal band ( they also do a lot of other genres ), but their first two albums were Amazing nu metal stuff. However, in many of their songs you can find metal influences.
Regarding my favourite all-metal band, I'd say Disturbed and Architects on the same level

I like hundreds of bands but these are closest to my heart - Nile, Blind Guardian, Annihilator, Iced Earth, Slayer, Cryptopsy, Amon Amarth, Yngwie, Flametal. And 2 more bands that I will always love no matter what: Iron Maiden and Metallica (mostly for their songs of the 80s).

Metallica, The kings of metal and also the ones that arguably popularized the metal genre.

I guess probably Death.

14 What band would you say is the most creative?

Linkin Park ( very versatile ), Red (great atmospheric songs ) , system of a Down, tool, opeth, dir en grey , code Orange, nine inch nails, Faith no more, mr bungle etc.
Linkin Park Is not only metal as well as Red. Nine inch nails has some metal stuff.

15 What would you say to those who criticise it without any real understanding of it?

I would say "keep on criticising" because it does metal a huge favor. Nothing makes people look more pathetic and musically ignorant than criticising metal. The most cringe worthy music lists and comments on this site were made by metal haters. In all cases metalheads won and even though one of the statements on these lists was that metal fans "have no brain", actually metalheads were smarter than their opponents. Metal fans were also more knowledgable about music in general.

To be honest, I can understand if an average music listener has wrong opinion about the extreme metal genres. But if someone say to Dio or Judas Priest that they are bad, then I really don't understand why...

There is no reason for hating a genre without knowing anything about It . I admit I hate modern pop and trap, but I know why I hate them .

I would try playing them more softer sounding stuff like power metal. That way they don't think all metal is screaming, growling, and loud aggressive music.

16 Why do death metal musicians growl their lyrics?

It's the genre.

17 What band would you say is the most talented?
18 What is it that you guys hate about nu metal?
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