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What determines musical taste for metalheads?

Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by Kara-Shehr, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. Sven Pakkanen

    Sven Pakkanen Ein Windir

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    I've always been the intellectual type, and I guess I can be a snob about it from time to time. I hate catchy, groovy, rhythm-based music. I like progressive music, and lean for death metal and black metal. Anything in between is even better.

    But I do stray from my norm depending on my mood. I also work out, and black metal isn't the best for working out, so I grab some power metal. As for mood, I almost always want to feel somber, so I go for gloomy or depressive metal.
     
  2. RedFox742

    RedFox742 Power/Prog Devotee

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    I'm a hyper-enthusiastic, energetic guy with romantic fallacies about the world being a setting for lives filled with epic adventure. I'm typically super-positive, even a bit saccharine at times, and I like my music to entertain me and stir my passions more than stretch my intellect (I rely on books for that.)

    So yeah. I'm a power-metal fan, and don't really listen to death/black/doom metal. Some prog--the catchier prog.

    I don't really belong on a metal forum, but I really, really do love trad/power stuff. :Spin:
     
  3. The Ozzman

    The Ozzman Melted by feels

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    Who cares? You like what you like and don't like what you don't like. Your taste evolves with experiences you've had and sometimes bands switch categories (bad to good and vice versa).

    /thread
     
  4. fps

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    a lot of music follows similar patterns, and metal is a great way of arranging a lot of those patterns, i just love the sound of a good metal set-up more than hearing programmed beats, or lutes and flutes or something like that. i like a lot of other styles of music, including classical, but metal has an energy and vibe, and a type of sound, that rips right into me.

    some metal also has a way of heading off in more harmonically interesting and unusual directions than a lot of other styles, possibly due to the "untrained" nature of a lot of its musicians, and i like this free-spirited tinkering with what is possible within a 12 note system.
     
  5. Alteredmindeath

    Alteredmindeath Wasteland Survivor

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    Sometimes people just like certain bands, that's what it all comes down to....the individual.
     
  6. Dagon666

    Dagon666 The Ayatollah of Rock

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    As long as you really enjoy metal you're a headbanger. The ones who have to live up to other peoples expectations and listen to all the "deep, complex and "good" metal" just have identity problems. I don't care if people flame me for listening to a band or album that is considered "bad". If i like it i listen to it. That's what separates metal from, say for example mainstream pop and the culture surrounding it. While many pop-people constantly struggle to prove to their friends that they listen to the "right" music and wear the "right" fashion clothes, metal has always been more open.

    @Alteredmindeath: Couldn't have put it better myself.
     
  7. JayMo

    JayMo Wannabe Elitist

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    Much of what I listen to is determined by the kind of emotional response it evokes. I respond more to music that stirs up the passion within me (oh yeah, I'm gonna get really corny here.) Though I listen to something from damn near every genre I've encountered, few seem to work every day in any mood. Classical is one. But metal is also one that seems uniquely able to get me going. I may prefer one type of metal over another from one day to the next, but there is always something there I'm going to get into.

    On a related note, I also find it more fun to talk about than many other genres, because metal fans in general seem to love music just a little bit more than others. I've been to a lot of musical forums over the years, and no one gets fired up about it quite like those people that visit metal forums.
     
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    No, the intelligent metalheads are those who listen to both kinds of Metal and appreciate them both because of their own peculiarities.
     
  9. PhlegethonVeins

    PhlegethonVeins Autopsy Obsessed

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    Anyone who classify s themselves as more than a fan of
    x genre for listening to that genre is funny.
     
  10. Hell Patrol

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    I do not understand your post. At all.
     
  11. Satanstoenail

    Satanstoenail My Larpstyle determines my Derpstyle

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    Rubbish. It all depends on the person, not the genre.
     
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    PhlegethonVeins Autopsy Obsessed

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    Example : A prog / tech fan classifying themselves as intellectual because they listen to said genres.
     
  13. Sven Pakkanen

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    I believe it is the other way around, an intellectual listener starts listening to those sub-genres because they are the intellectual type, not that listeners of those genres start calling themselves intellectual.

    I think the problem here is that people are mistaking the "intellectual" in "intellectual listening" for meaning "smart," which is really not the case. It comes down to the difference between intellectual listeners and the others being the same as the difference between those who listen to classical and those who listen to pop. On one hand it's all about the composition, on the other its more-so about rhythm, or beat, or image.
     
  14. Inlé

    Inlé New Metal Member

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    In many cases absolutely nothing separates "metalheads" from the much-aligned "pop fans" in the way they approach music and the enjoyment of music.

    Metal is a massive genre with a stupid amount of sub-genres, many relevant- some unnecessary. It's only natural that the way metalheads approach music will vary wildly from individual to individual- much like it does in other genres.

    I'd go into what determines my taste in music- but that'd definitely be far into TL;DR territory.
     
  15. PhlegethonVeins

    PhlegethonVeins Autopsy Obsessed

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    Ok, then people who say they like 'x' genre because they're intellectual as an example. It's silly. How many Mensa members enjoy largely thoughtless music? A large sum.
     
  16. Sven Pakkanen

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    I don't know of anyone who has ever or would ever say "I listen to x-genre because I'm intellectual." And if they do, they're trying to look cool.
     
  17. PhlegethonVeins

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    The general idea is there though, and is prominent in many peoples posts.
     
  18. damnromulans

    damnromulans Klingons do not faint

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    It's all determined by the newspaper horoscopes, so read closely.

    I would assume most metal fans like the music they like because it resounds with them on either a visceral or intellectual level. Same reason anyone likes any music.
     
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    Oh... I get it now. :)

    I think the whole intellectual = prog, non-intellectual = thrash thing is silly. Listening to a specific genre doesn't make you "intellectual", nor do all "intellectual" people listen to a specific genre.
     
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