Top Ten Worst Metal Stereotypes

The Top Ten

1 It's Satanic

For crying out loud most commercial metal is NOT satanic. Just because it is not what some of the listeners are used to doesn't mean it is evil. That's like me saying reggae is evil because the songs are too slow!

Some metal bands talk about the devil and god and include evil lyrical content in their songs, but most of the time it is just for topical emphasis or shock factor. Metal is often rather akin to shock factor, and it isn't frequently used for brainwashing by the band. Even the bands that are arn't, as far as a I know, causing any more public damage than normal bands.

Also screaming and growling are forms of singing. For the most part they are not evil rituals or dark summonings. - RaineSage

I made a list similar to this, but no.

A lot of metal bands have satanic lyrics, but they aren't satanic, if that makes any sense. It is for shock value and to add an 'evil' vibe to the music. In fact, Tom Araya is a catholic, but his band is often accused of being Satanic. The reason metalheads and bands are desensitized to it is because a lot of them are atheists, or they just like the affect.

What it comes down to is; less than 1% of Metal bands are satanic. The actual satanic ones include Gorgoroth, Deicide, Mayhem, Mercyful Fate, etc. - ryanrimmel

This is the most PATHETIC excuse for calling the whole genre satanic. First off, most bands don't even MENTION Satan, let alone WORSHIP him. Second, most of us are either atheist or another religion. Only 0.005% of us are really satanists.

I am 100% sure christian metal bands and artists exist

2 It's Talentless

Give me a break. Guitars, drums and basses are way harder to play than MIDI instruments.

I'm not a metalhead, but this isn't true at all. - PositronWildhawk

Try playing the solo from "Painkiller" by Judas Priest when you've never picked up a guitar or try growling to an Ingested song. Hard isn't it? - Metalhead1997

Not a metalhead but I ask anyone who said this and never learned any instrument to play one of metal song. in my opinion they're the most talented musicians.

3 It's All Senseless Screaming

Not all metal songs are like this. I've never heard any screaming in a Within Temptation song before.

Not all of it is. - Pony

Personally this is the WORST because it's so annoying
1.half of metal isn't even screaming
2.half the people who say this haven't even really listened to metal

People who think this have only listens to Death Metal or Black Metal or some other form of "extreme metal".-DarkBoi-X

4 It's Bad for Children

It's actually good for children when they are angry, it helps them calm down in a healthy way that doesn't hurt anyone or anything.

So Sabaton teaching history is bad but Lil Wayne and Meghan Trainer singing about weed and asses isn't? - Metalhead1997

Many people don't know this, but there's a Finnish children's metal band called Hevisaurus. I'm not kidding. Look it up.

5 It Promotes Crime

If it promotes crime, explain why I've never committed a single one

No, if a crime was committed, it's completely the person's fault, not the music. They just use that as an excuse for people to sympathize with them in court. - Metalhead1997

6 It's Unpopular

It's quite obvious why this stereotype isn't true

Not a valid excuse. - Metalhead1997

7 It Encourages Bad Behavior

This only happens to stupid people who can understand metaphors
Like drax

Any act of terror in this world will somehow get blamed on Metal. I.E. murders being blamed on Slayer, suicide being encouraged by Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne, and Columbine being blamed on Marilyn Manson - ryanrimmel

No, it doesn't. People have other things that might influence them, like their family or something they do that becomes habit. - Metalhead1997

Again, if it does, why don't I support bullying?

8 It's Too Loud

Just lower the volume mate - yungstirjoey666

But... that's one of the reasons why I love rock and metal so much...

Too LOUD?! U know wht I say? THE LOUDER THE BETTER! And that's one of the many things that make metal (and rock) the best genres of music! At least it's not quiet and have people who only care about making money and don't care at all about the art of music! people need to embrace the loudness of metal and of loudness normally and learn how truly evil silence can be! #Live Life Loud

Dubstep? - Metalhead1997

9 It's Violent

Clearly, people haven't payed attention to the lyrics in most of today's mainstream songs...

Most pop and rap music nowadays talk about butts and sex. What do you think of violence then?

Pop and rap stereotype butts and sex.

At least it's vented calmly. - Metalhead1997

10 It's All Death Metal

The assumption that everything's death metal is downright absurd. Metalcore in particular gets confused with death metal very often. I had to tell so many people the differences between certain metal genres, and metalcore and death metal always get confused with the people I talk to. I guess this stereotype is placed because the vocalists are always screaming without clean vocals, and that's all the listeners hear? (see the above "It's All Senseless Screaming") - NuMetalManiak

There are actually sub-genres of metal, lol. - Pony

Death metal is great, yes, but it's just one of 1,000 subgenres. - Metalhead1997

The Contenders

11 All Metal Artists Are Devil Worshipers

Do I REALLY need to explain why this argument makes no sense?

12 Everyone Who Listens to It is an Emo

I don't cut my wrists because I honestly don't see a reason too. - Metalhead1997

13 It is Bad for Your Ears

You know you can choose whether or not you want to lower the volume, put on headphones or both. As long as you keep these things in mind, you'll be fine.

14 The Drums Are Too Loud
15 All metal stars wear weird panda makeup and over the top expressive clothes
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