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

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

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

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

@IronSabbathPriest - this is an amazing list, I agree with all your items and comments. Congrats on the great job! - Metal_Treasure

2 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

My brother is always saying this. Countless times he has moaned when someone says AC/DC are a great metal band. - Britgirl

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

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

There's norhing "cool" with cutting yourself.

4 Have respect for other's opinions

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

5 Listen to old and new bands

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

I mainly like older bands such as

Black Sabbath
Judas Priest
Iron Maiden

The only new metal band that I like is Dusturbed, and I'm not really that big of a fan. Nothing beats the classics! - Alpha101

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

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

I love almost all metal bands

I love skillet and slayer

My favorite band and my least favorite band are both metal. Dream theater (prog metal) is my favorite and Anal C*** (grindcore) is my least favorite. But you can listen to both and still be a metalhead. - Songsta41

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

If you thought Iron Maiden and Metallica were good enough for you, consider listening to Cirith Ungol, Exumer, Evile, Vader, Cryptopsy, High on Fire, Candlemass, Dream Evil, Edge of Sanity, Exciter, Venom, Mercyful Fate, and Sepultra.

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8 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

9 You can like other genres of rock too

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.

You can like ANY type of music. Being a metalhead doesn't strictly mean, that you have to listen ONLY to metal. It just menas metal is one of your FAVORITES.
Many seem to forget this. - Flav

Even though I love metal, I also like bands like

The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Definitely Leppard
Guns N Roses
Led Zeppelin
Pearl Jam
Alice in Chains
Motley Crue
Etc. - Alpha101

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10 Find your subgenre

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

The Contenders

11 Be you
12 Study metal history

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

13 Know the differences between metal genres
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 Do not call bands "poser metal"

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.

16 Don't be a metalhead just to look cool
17 Head bang
18 Understand that there's no such thing as real music and that all music is subjective
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Top Remixes

1. Enjoy the music
2. Have respect for other's opinions
3. Know the differences between metal genres
1. Enjoy the music
2. Don't dress in leather, have a knife strapped to your thigh, cut yourself, etc.
3. Don't say non-metal bands are metal
1. Enjoy the music
2. Find your subgenre
3. Be you


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