Top Ten Tips On How to Be a Good Metalhead

I'm not trying to be big headed here. Nor do I consider myself some metal expert. I'm just giving advice so you can enjoy metal music as much as you can without needing to change your personality. It's not necessary.

The Top Ten

1 Enjoy the music

I love listening to metal. There's metal songs for pretty much every mood. - RiverVibeZ

Music defines the origin of a metalhead: one can not be a Metalhead if it had not started of a metal riff.

There's enough metal genres out there to where nearly anyone can enjoy the genre.

Most important of all. If you like a metal band, it doesn't matter which one or what genre, then you're a metalhead. (Just make sure they are actually metal). - IronSabbathPriest

2 Don't dress in leather, have a knife strapped to your thigh, cut yourself, etc.

Isn't cutting mostly a pastime for emos? Metalheads aren't known for cutting themselves and very few of them are depressed. - RiverVibeZ

Lyrics are just lyrics. Not to be taken seriously most of the time. - IronSabbathPriest

There's norhing "cool" with cutting yourself.

3 Don't say non-metal bands are metal

Yeah, I hate it when people say they like metal and only like bands like Asking Alexandria and Avenged Sevenfold. - Brobusky

Most people at my school hate metal, and the few people that like it only like Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, and Linkin Park.

I am not an actual metalhead. But when I say this is metal and this isn't, I always explain it. I also proved some of them. - zxm

If you're saying you're a metalhead cause you're into bands such as definitely Leppard and Bon Jovi, then I hate to disappoint you, but they're not metal. Pretty good though. - IronSabbathPriest

4 You can listen to any genre of metal you want and still be a metalhead

I listen to classic pop and rock from time to time, but I also listen to Slayer and Behemoth lol. - RiverVibeZ

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. If you're a Slipknot fan who wants to listen to Darkthrone, go ahead. - IronSabbathPriest

I'm a big Slipknot fan and I still enjoy lots of BM bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone, Bathory, Burzum, Celtic Frost, Behemoth,... and some DSBM also.

I love almost all metal bands

5 Listen to old and new bands

Sorry but I really dislike new metal bands. None of them are great and a lot of them sound too commercial. Old metal for the win. - RiverVibeZ

I like old and new equally. Although most of the modern bands I like are obscure. But listen to those old metal bands, they put a lot of effort in. - IronSabbathPriest

Judas Priest, Slayer, and Overkill are all great old bands. Opeth, Evile, and Children of Bodom are good new bands.

Yes I agree most old bands like Black Sabbath and ironmaiden and judas priest are great and even newish bands like System of a Down,slipknot are also one of my favourites - Toucan

6 Do not call bands "poser metal"

Glam metal is real metal, deal with it. - RiverVibeZ

Don't call bands like Avenged Sevenfold or slipknot or any hair/nu metal/deathcore/metalcore etc. band poser metal. Also, don't call the people in these bands emo- (you know what word goes here). Don't criticize someone for liking a band that you call "poser metal" (don't call them names). Don't go on videos of bands that you call "poser metal" and leave a hate comment just to hate. If you're a metal head and you do this, then you'll come off as an arrogant and stuck up metal elitist. Don't be one of these, metal elitists are the reason that many people have hate towards metal fans. Like some of the tips in the top tens, be open minded towards all music genres and bands and be respectful towards others and their opinions.

7 Never stop looking for new bands

It always amazes me how much good music exists. There is an endless realm of music that's waiting to be discovered and to be created out there. Whether you've heard of the band and you're giving them a try, or you've never heard of them, there's always a great band that you don't know. - Songsta41

I never stop, I always end up loving new bands. And sometimes its not new( like they just released a debut album ) but like I found out about the band Motorhead, a band formed in the late 70$/early 80$. And I loved them. If its new to you, it doesn't matter if they are 50 years old or not - RustyNail

Don't hear the whole Metallica discography, think it's good and then play it's safe. There are lots of bands out there. - IronSabbathPriest

I always look for bands I've never listened to before, and sometimes it's really hard to find one you'd really like.

8 Have respect for other's opinions

Now this makes a good metalhead. - Userguy44

I admit, I used to be a big hypocrite on this site. And insult bands that people liked in posts. I've deleted them now so don't bother looking for them. That being said, if you can give constructive criticism, then that's fine. - IronSabbathPriest

Yeah, this one is extremely important. Everyone has their own taste and opinions, especially in music.
You'll never find anyone with whom you agree in every single matter, so get along with that.
(And if you do, you are probably not yourself, but trying to be someone else.) - Flav

9 Don't let metal be your only priority

Find a hobby. Whilst some bands are amazing, their lyrics can get depressing if that's all you do all day. - IronSabbathPriest

You'll also get problems finding friends or a partner, if you're interested in only one topic... - Flav

I have other hobbies other than listening to metal all day. - RiverVibeZ

10 Understand that there's no such thing as real music and that all music is subjective

The Contenders

11 You can like other genres of rock too

I'm a metalhead, but I love Guns N Roses and other hard rock bands too. - RiverVibeZ

Rock got me into bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica etc. - Userguy44

Not only that, but I enjoy a lot of different music genres, like classical, rap, electronic, and despite I love metal, my favourite band is (and will always be) a stoner rock band called Queens Of The Stone Age.

Yes this true.

12 Find your subgenre

I like several subgenres actually. My favorite would probably have to be thrash. - RiverVibeZ

I don't think that finding your subgenre is important. You should enjoy the music and when you like several types of metal: why not?
But if you are into only 1 or 2 subgenres that's also fine, and you'll probably get to know more underground bands! - Flav

13 Be you
14 Be open minded

Even if you don't like metal at first listen, continue to give it more and more chances and find other bands to use to get into metal, and I'm positive you will adapt. That is, if you're already a big rocker. - Songsta41

Don't be like an elitist metalhead.

15 Study metal history

Where did it begin? Who were the trailblazers? How did it change over time?

16 Don't be a metalhead just to look cool
17 Know the differences between metal genres
18 Head bang

There's nothing like headbanging to some good ol' Metallica. - RiverVibeZ

If you don’t headbang to a real metal song you aren’t a metalhead lol. - Userguy44

19 Go to Concerts

It's a good thing to go to concerts, because then you have a story or two to tell.

Been to two and plan to go to more. - RiverVibeZ

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