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
What do you like about Cannibal Corpse?

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)

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?

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.

Can you understand the words when they're screaming?

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.

Most of the time, no, but I don't take lyrics as seriously as most people do. I honestly don't know why most people wanna know the lyrics so badly. There's more to music than just lyrics. It's just my opinion.

If I look up the lyrics beforehand, then yes. But otherwise, nope I don't speak their language lol.

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.

How did you get into it in the first place?

I just always liked heavy music. Something about it really speaks to me.

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

I started to like hard rock and punk rock. The heavy riffs of hard rock and fast riffs of punk rock made me wanted to listen metal. And then I got into heavy metal. Iron Maiden was my first metal band

Can you describe metal in three words?

Energy, Virtuosity, Complexity.

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

Energetic, heavy, and epic.

Brutal, Power, Intensity.

What do you like best about your chosen genre?

Not just the heaviness, but the diversity and huge amount of talent it takes to make a metal song

I like metal because it's real, and tells about every side of Life in general, focusing on issues and how to heal. 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

Talented, and in it's own league

What sub-genre is your favourite?

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.

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.

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

Alternative metal. It's One of the softest, but I also listen to way heavier bands

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

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

I literally feel like I'm pumped which is why I like when American football games play that music cause it makes you wanna cheer on your home team even if they suck badly not naming a team specifically, but still it makes you get up.

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.

Better than I was doing. Probably more pumped up.

Do you think metal can be for children?

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

Yeah, definitely. Just don't show them any black or death metal bands.

Christian metal exists, so yeah. It can be for children.

Yes. Some kids like metal.

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.

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.

Judas Priest, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Accept

How can you tell if a band or song is really metal?
The Contenders
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.

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

Infernal War, Devourment, Cryptopsy, Nile, Dying Fetus, Behemoth, Brain Drill, Cannibal Corpse...

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

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

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 .

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...

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.

I will give them some soft metal songs. And will tell them its hard rock, rock, punk rock etc etc etc. And if they like it then I will say it was a metal song.

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...

What band got you into metal?

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

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.


Blind Guardian or Opeth

What band would you say is the most talented?

Either Dream Theater, or Meshuggah.

Why do death metal musicians growl their lyrics?
What is it that you guys hate about nu metal?
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