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, sadly, hear this every time I tell someone that I like metal. I'd say about 10% of all metal bands are actually satanic. There are also lots of bands that people say are satanic, but they are not. Here are some of them

Black Sabbath
Iron Maiden
Led Zeppelin
Etc. - Alpha101

2 It's Talentless

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

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

3 It's All Senseless Screaming

Those people have never heard One or Fade to Black. - CastlevaniaFanboy128

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

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

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

Not a valid excuse. - Metalhead1997

7 It Encourages Bad Behavior

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

Ok I don't like metal but this is like saying video games make maniacs

8 It's Too Loud

Dubstep? - Metalhead1997

9 It's Violent

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

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 Everyone Who Listens to It is an Emo

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

12 The Drums Are Too Loud
13 All Metal Artists Are Devil Worshipers
14 It is Bad for Your Ears
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