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Ok, But Which Kind Of Metalhead?

Are we more metal purists (thinkin like Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Death Metal, etc) or we including the Punk/Metal subgeneres too (Post-Hardcore, Metalcore, Deathcore, etc.)? Wanna know before I start asking questions around here.


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Reply by arachnidsGrip

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I used to really like the heavier stuff (Metallica, Manowar, etc) but more recently I've been listening to stuff like Rainbow and DIO's run of Black Sabbath. I call it "dad metal" lol


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Reply by Your_Friendly_Neighborhood_Metalhead_11

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I'm a "whatever you listen to is alright with me, but let me listen to what I want too" metalhead.  I happen to like power metal the best, but I won't complain if you wanna play literally anything else either. 
*shrug* 
I mean, metal is metal, and metal is good.  so... whatever.  Don't catch me being elitist over here lol!


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Reply by chlochlo1986

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I'm almost definitely a total thrash girl in every way, but I also listen to almost every type of metal from Black Sabbath to Cannibal Corpse to Fit for an Autopsy. No need to gatekeep as long as its fuckin heavy!!


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Reply by Ramm

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When I was 15, I probably would've asked a similar question, but then I took an arrow to the knee  grew up and stopped caring.


When I was mostly into metal, I preferred death/doom, doom metal, and industrial metal. Nowadays if I listen to metal, it's probably prog.

I don't care if the users who join this consider Bolt Thrower to be their favourite band, or - dare I say - Black Veil Brides to be their favourite. In fact, this reminds me of when I was in an "extreme metal band" as a teenager - which in reality was nothing more than a pretext for us to get together and eat pizza - and our vocalist had a load of mainstream metalcore on his iTunes. He got defensive about it and insisted it was his sister's. Outwardly, he listened mostly to black metal. Funny to look back on.


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Reply by Xx.G0dz1ll4.xX

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I’m into Christian Metal so I’ll say Demon Hunter, Impending Doom, Wage of War, and For Today


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Reply by WZRD

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Im old school metal.... Prob defined as thrash metal these days (Metallica, Sepultura, Testament, Pantera) Butthen i have really been enjoying some of the nu metal (5FDP, Terror Universal, Slipknot) and some prog metal (Oceans of Slumber and Rage of Light) lately.


Tbh i hate this genre breakdown! I like metal...that means no pop/jazz/blues and country will get you dropped off at Waffle House!!!


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On the one had I listen to a lot of French doom. Shit like Ataraxie and Saturnus.

But the stuff I'm playing in my car is prog metal like IQ, Nu Metal like Nonpoint, powermetal like Blind Guardian, or something stonery like Lavatory Service (or god forbid Soen or Tool but I wanted to give some more niche examples because I've met people in the community who care about that.) I don't go right for the heaviest, hardest tunes unless I'm in a mood. I like to sing along and god knows I can't do a growl to save my soul.

I think "turning your nose up" at a style because it's too heavy or soft is exhausting. You either like something or you don't. One way isn't "better" and there's definitely a lot of talent that goes into both sides of the spectrum. There's also lazy people on both sides. Heavier metal doesn't automatically equal quality. I also don't think "nicheness" should be a badge of honor. There are some bangers in the more mainstream that get snubbed by the more aggro metalheads.

Idk... I think what I'm saying is... post whatever you like. I wont judge unless you're the person going around saying things like "nu metal is fake metal."


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Reply by 𝕰𝖑𝖑𝖊 ⚝

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Back when I was very young I believed you couldn't be 'metal' unless you listened to the heavy stuff. After all, that's what the metal teens of the time told me.

Through time as I got exposed to more bands my mentality around the concept of 'being a true metalhead started to change. Now my playlist goes from aggressive loud sounds to music that makes me feel as if I am a character in Fable. 

Maturing is realizing that being a purist is lame and real metalheads listen to a vast variety of subgenres as well as genres outside of the 'rock' family. I get what you mean though, some people can be extremely hostile and anal about metal. 


There's a lot of talent, we shouldn't limit our experiences just to fit a stereotype. It's basically a disservice to oneself. 


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Reply by Cajunghost

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As an elder in his early 60's here's my take on metal. Rule #1 there is no limit on genres when it comes to metal and it's only a matter of opinion on which type is considered metal. I personally can go from A to Z in a blink of an eye as to which genre of metal I like to listen to. 


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Reply by Mikey Maverick

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The genres I love are prog, death, black, sludge/stoner, and heavy. I also enjoy thrash, crossover thrash, doom, funeral doom, grind, power, symphonic, folk, and groove metal. 


Deathcore and metalcore are not my thing but I have no issue with them and I wouldn't discourage people from listening to them. 




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Reply by shezer_rippingdexd

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I like anything catchy with a groove.  So Thrash, Death, Grind, Nu and Metalcore are my favourites.  I like Deathcore and Slam if the riffs stick in my head well enough and Power and Black if there's enough body to it.  Doom needs to have varying dynamics for me to like it.  

In short, I judge on the songs rather than the 'cliques'.


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Reply by Vinny 💋

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Numetal and Gothicmetal are my absolute favorites! Other than those two i’ll listen to almost any genre of metal. Industrial is definitely apart of my favorites as well lol.


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Reply by Insane

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well, metal is a very wide genre, everybody likes how it sounds


there are two artists who kind of are metal, or maybe are, or maybe not, but i think they are.

they are "dethtech" and "keygen-church" pretty different from usual types of metal but they still


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Reply by Mr_conejon

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Soy más del pesado de los gritos satánicos me gusta más el Deathcore pero mientras sea bien ruidoso y se trate de gritos y de lo más satánico me gustaaa


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Reply by J@neD03

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Mostly thrash metal bands like sodom or speltura but nu metal and heavy metal is super cool too


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Reply by 8-Track TeckHead

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If you know me, then you'll know that I love to keep it ECLECTIC! I love all kinds-a metal! I've headbanged to the speediest, the sludgiest, the Nu-est, and everything in between! Metal is metal!


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Reply by ghosteddd

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i definitely listen to more nu metal and sludge metal, but i also listen to suicidal black meta land death metal.


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Reply by Melgor

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i really can't say ive ever stuck to one genre but ive been branching out from metal entirely as of very recent i will say my top 3 have always been nu metal, prog, and black metal


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Reply by Jamoncito333

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Im more into Nu metal


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Reply by Devin <3

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I absolutely love nu-metal!!!! SOAD is my shit!!!


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Reply by Tomatooosemi2

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i tend to like heavy metal where i can shake my head and jump... but i also love old heavy metal like iron maiden, motorhead or even something that has darker vibes like black sabbath


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Reply by BONEZ

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Death Metal


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Reply by Shrouded Sight

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Old school thrash, black, and death metal to me is the real heavy stuff, bands like Obituary, Sepultura, Death, Bolt Thrower, Bathory, Venom, Mayhem, Slayer, Morbid Angel, Entombed, and Incantation are some of the heaviest and more importantly well written bands out there. Theyre mainstream but theyre mainstream for good reason


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Reply by Casey

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Meh, I can see that extreme gatekeepers of Metal can be a problem in the community. If someone enjoys a subgenre I don't really like, then I don't need to ruin their fun, you know? Let people enjoy Nu-Metal or Deathcore.

Hmm but personally for me, I'm into Progressive Metal, 80's Heavy Metal, and Industrial Metal lately. But I do listen to underground Death Metal, Black Metal, Doom Metal, and Grindcore often as well.


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Reply by trent/wyatt :3

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I'm into Industrial metal, like Ministry, and thrash metal like Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, etc.. recently though, I've been into Deftones and Blvd. Nights which is Nu-Metal but I don't listen to anything else rly like Korn and that stuff which is Nu-Metal so idk lol


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Reply by Metal Druid

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I love it all, but thrash is still my favorite. Slayer


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Reply by ☆ scara

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i’m definitely into metalcore and nu-metal but i absolutely love melodic death metal or just plain death metal but honestly i just listen to what i find & end up liking 


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Reply by HeavyMetalManiac

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I'm more of a classic metalhead but I listen to whatever I want just mostly classic 


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Reply by Corpsev0mit

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im more into heavy,death,slam, and black metal! but i love all genres XD


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Reply by ✭re-tro✭

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Thrash and a lot of first wave of black metal and war metal


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