Top Ten Reasons Why Black Metal is Better Then Hair Metal

The Top Ten

1 Black metal lyrics are not sexual or sappy.

This is true but many are satanic

2 Black metal bands care about their music.

Not Venom. Also, hair metal bands can’t just because they’re hair metal?

So do hair metal bands

3 Hair metal is over commercialized.

That doesn’t make black metal better and that doesn’t mean hair metal is bad.

Very much so but not a reason

4 Black metal has a more complex history.

Having a complex history doesn’t make it better.

Not a reason

5 Hair metal lyrics are more profane.

That’s not a reason.

And Chainsaw Gutsf*** isn't?

6 Black metal has better lyrical themes.
7 Hair Metal doesn't even sound like real metal

It’s not metal, it’s rock. It’s been mislabeled. That doesn’t mean black metal is better either.

8 Hair metal bands have awful hair and makeup.

Glam metal artists = Bunch of Gays. They don't need to sing about girls. They are girls themselves. Weird stage performances. - zxm

I’d rather watch some transvestites than some dumbass who wears “corpsepaint”.

Black metal bands wear corpse paint

9 Hair Metal has better riffs

Pretty much any riffs are better than black metal riffs.

10 Glam metal all sounds the same.

I think when you get to know a genre better it sounds more varied because I would say all black metal sounds the same

The Contenders

11 Black metal is more complex.

Great list. And I agree most of these but not with this one.
Actually, black metal isn't really that complex. It just needs a lot of energy on tremolo picking. The riffs are mostly made from endless tremolo picking consisting on different notes. Many non-black metal great guitarists like Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen, MAB, Eric Johnson, Matt Bellamy or Dick Dale has tremendous skill on tremolo picking. But they don't use it often. Cause it just makes the sound heavy/fast. So, I think any good guitarist has the skill for playing black metal. But not all black metal guitarist have skills for playing other genres.

For example, You could listen to Buckethead's Soothsayer. There is a very fast tremolo picking. Approximately at 8:00. Which is faster than most black metal riffs. - zxm

Complexity < Quality.


12 Black metal has a better variety of instruments.

I'm pretty sure variety doesn't apply to either genre

13 Black Metal musicians look like interesting elves
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