Heavy Metal fans "at ease with themselves"

06 09 08 - 08:39

Musical tastes and personality type are closely related, according to a study of more than 36,000 people from around the world.

The research, which was carried out by Professor Adrian North of Heriot-Watt University, is said to be the largest such study ever undertaken.

It suggested classical music fans were shy, while heavy metal aficionados were gentle and at ease with themselves.

"One of the most surprising things is the similarities between fans of classical music and heavy metal. They're both creative and at ease but not outgoing."


One website for some time has been telling you about the relationship between metal and classical: this one.

Ever since we formulated our theories back in the formative years of 1988-1991, we wrote about the synchronicity between metal in classical in mood, in outlook, in music theory, in song structure, and most of all, in type of songwriting -- the narrative circular composition that is shared between both classical and metal.

Everyone else told us we were nuts. Then out of the woodwork, came help -- Bathory speaking of a classical influence, Burzum mentioning it, Celtic Frost speaking of it, and so on.

We've been right and everyone else has been looking in the wrong place. But as more evidence comes out, the position becomes clearer: it's heavy metal that inherits classical in the popular music realm, thanks in part to its prog and movie soundtrack heritage.

Keep spreading the word.

three comments


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Take it and help metal!

Fag - 06-09-’08 10:35

Good Day..
when i ifrst read the news..the first thing that came to my mind was ANUs site that had been foretelling this b4 this was announced…

I was watching old video clips of slayer’s interview …hannemann and lombardo mentions the similarities between of bach and their music
same goes to metallica’s cliff burton who was a big fan of Bach… interview…
time fer me to chck out some bach…

anba - 12-09-’08 23:44

Sadly enough, the people in this new, revived metal scene seem to be much less at ease with themselves…just like the music will betray upon a first listen.

erethe - 05-10-’08 00:47

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