Top 10 Quotes About Metal Music and Metal Musicians

This is my 500th list on The TopTens.
The list subject is pretty symbolic because most of my previous lists were about metal and metal musicians.

The Top Ten

1 I associate heavy metal with fantasy because of the tremendous power that metal music delivers (Sir Christopher Lee)

And he even made metal albums - he sang mostly symphonic metal and released his last metal album at 92. He had a very low and powerful singing voice - operatic and bassy.
He was in more than 250 films but he also moonlighted as a cult heavy metal singer. Most of his fans are still unaware of his alternate career. But he was honoured with the Spirit of Metal award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards ceremony. Incredibly, he was 87 at the time. - Metal_Treasure

2 I've never believed in singing about Satan and thinking he's cool because he's not (Dave Mustaine, Megadeth)

Quite a philosophical man, that Mr. Mustaine. - Britgirl

3 I do want to point out that Finland has perhaps the most heavy metal bands in the world per capita and also ranks high on good governance. I don't know if there's any correlation there. (Barack Obama)

My guess: there IS a correlation.
My guess seems to be correct because a study shows that the number of heavy metal bands in a given area is positively associated with, “economic output per capita; level of creativity and entrepreneurship; share of adults that hold college degrees; as well as overall levels of human development, well-being, and satisfaction with life.”
The study added that Scandinavian countries in particular make “efforts to put compulsory music training in schools, which created a generation with the musical chop to meet metal’s technical demands". - Metal_Treasure

4 The same sensations that you get in heavy metal are in horror movies. Heavy metal sounds evil and horror movies are evil, ha ha! (Kirk Hammett, Metallica)
5 Pop and metal aren't friends. Each knows exactly where the other lives and tries to keep its distance. They choose different streets, neighborhoods, zip codes (Dave Mustaine, Megadeth)

Great quotes

6 If you are a pop band, don't say you're a metal band. Poison and Warrant were about as metal as the Backstreet Boys (Geezer Butler, Black Sabbath)
7 If heavy metal bands ruled the world, we'd be a lot better off (Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden)
8 Glam stands for Gay Los Angeles Metal (Dave Mustaine, Megadeth)

Lol exactly

9 Though metal may be the music of choice for some alienated working-class males, it enjoys its greatest popularity in the most advanced, most tolerant, and knowledge-based places in the world (Richard Florida and Mellander, researchers)

Fact: the most metal countries are Finland + Scandinavian countries. Least metal - Africa. - Metal_Treasure

10 Since its very beginning heavy metal has surprised in the best sense of the word (Sir Christopher Lee)

The Contenders

11 Metal has always been somewhat marginalized, and I love to prove the perception and stereotypes that go with it wrong (Eddie Trunk)

Eddie Scott Trunk is an American music historian, radio personality, talk show host, and author, best known as the host of several hard rock and heavy metal-themed radio and television shows. - Metal_Treasure

12 Deep Purple definitely belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 'Cause they had great songs, great musicianship, they had an impact, and they're a huge influence on the heavy metal community as a whole - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
13 Some of the smartest people I know are metal fans (Corey Taylor)
14 Metal guys are huge nerds. A good percentage of them are either horror or sci-fi or comic book or fantasy nerds (Scott Ian, Anthrax)

I also think most of the metal musicians are fans of these things. - Metal_Treasure

15 We got married on 4th of July to be easier for Ozzy to memorize our anniversary (Sharon Osbourne)
16 Dio was the master, he was THE vocalist, he really had something unique, everyone could feel that … and his whole career was really impressive! (Hansi Kürsch, Blind Guardian)
17 It’s not a secret that Freddie Mercury and Ian Gillan are my idols as vocalists (Hansi Kürsch, Blind Guardian)

In some sense, Hansi even became a metal singer thanks to Ian Gillan (indirectly).
Hansi: "When I started making music I had a stronger tendency to become a guitarist. That changed when I met André Olbrich in school and he was the one realizing my potential as a vocalist. During one of our high school parties I was screaming parts of Ian Gillan and MSG songs. He somehow liked it."
Hansi and André co-founded Blind Guardian, and they are still bandmembers. - Metal_Treasure

18 Christ I like those heavy chords, Christ I want to hear some more (Sir Christopher Lee)

In 2014, at 92, Sir Christopher Lee released his 3rd Christmas metal album. The song "Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing" is a raucous and fun take on the cosy classic "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing", complete with lyrics like, “Christ I like those heavy chords, Christ I want to hear some more.” - Metal_Treasure

19 Two people inspire me the most: George Washington and Hansi Kürsch (Jon Schaffer, Iced Earth)

I know that Matt Barlow also inspired him but they were bandmates and it wasn't appropriate to mention Matt in the context of this particular interview.
It's proven that Hansi inspires Jon - Jon wrote wonderful songs for Hansi's voice, for 2 albums in their side-project called Demons & Wizards. - Metal_Treasure

20 You gotta look beyond the mainstream... the mainstream'll drown you, you know? There's always a pulse in the underground that I love (Phil Anselmo, Pantera)
21 We are with more aluminum (Alice in Chains)

This is their answer to the question "Are you a heavy metal band? " (Metal Evolution, Grunge episode).
Correct, aluminum is not from the group of heavy metals. - Metal_Treasure

22 When I was in high school, I listened to a lot of death metal bands (Amy Lee, Evanescence)
23 Everything I do is autobiographical in some way. 'Wayne's World' was me growing up in the suburbs of Toronto and listening to heavy metal (Mike Myers)
24 Metal never goes away. It drifts in and out, but the true fans are always there for it (Eddie Trunk)
25 I remember when metal was something you really had to search out, and now I hear it on car commercials (Trevor Dunn)
26 Scandinavian countries make “efforts to put compulsory music training in schools, which created a generation with the musical chop to meet metal’s technical demands" (survey report, The Atlantic’s City Lab and the Martin Prosperity Institute)
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