Metal comes in so many forms now, it's hard to really classify it all. I lean towards the kind with superior musicianship, as I am a guitar player who really does defy expectations of what is possible with six strings. I've loved thrash since I really got into metal, but my love of classic metal like Ozzy and Iron Maiden, as well as my love for more abstract music such as Electric Light Orchestra, Chicago, and The Doors, including my love for Baroque and melodic music has led essentially left me loving hundreds of metal bands in roughly ten different languages, from the 1980s to 2015, all the way through death, black, power, thrash, and extreme, and in more sub categories than you can name with all of your extremities squared.
METAL MUSIC is the most powerful phonetic force on this earth we live in. Within the magnetic frequencies and the noise lies some kind of mystic power that creates a kind of euphoria that no drug or any other kind of medium can really reproduce.
It's a pure euphoria. One that in many cases can be reproduced anew relatively easily; all you need is a new metal song.
I'm only 26, but I can't front. I've heard more metal than a lot of people. I haven't met a single person who I can't stump as far as "have you heard of so-and-so?", and frankly, Eddie Trunk can suck my left nut. I know more about metal than he does.
More people should listen to metal. It's like, you hear one Cannibal Corpse song and all of the sudden metal is evil and stupid.
I've heard some rap songs that REALLY make me lol in that respect. But I won't get into that. The racial profiling against metal has really gone down the tubes lately, but the kind of metal that's become more popular in direct response to the popularity of the more mainstream variety is pathetic.
Extreme metal comes in many forms. Despite the fact that it may be hard for some people to distinguish the difference between vocalists, two are seldom as similar as rappers or folk singers who legitimately make me want to load a gun and shoot people behind how FUCKING STUPID they sound.
At least screamers put conviction into what they're saying. Christ.
ANYWAY, there's plenty of metal that doesn't involve screaming like a lunatic. It doesn't even take that long to find a good metal song if you peruse YouTube long enough. There's just too many of them not to find one.
If you take the time to look, you will find. That's something about metal that I really love. I've heard literally thousands of individual metal bands over the years, and at least 500 or so of them are probably comprised of the greatest musicians in the history of music.
Singers be damned, the instrumental metal I've listened to can make you cream.
I'm talking roughly fifty years of metal music. Hard rock, rock, it doesn't matter.
Metal consists of EVERY GENRE of music EVER DONE.
If you can think of it, from polka to children's songs, it's been done metal.
Look and you will find.
Give metal a chance and see if it doesn't improve the quality of your god damned life. Metal is something to be enthusiastic about. More so than any other form of music I can think of. There's too much energy, too much creativity, too much and too strong of a reaction to deny the power that metal has as a form of music.
I proclaim that any one person can find ONE metal song at any given time that will be their new FAVORITE song, regardless of their initial musical persuasion.
Stop hating. Metal is still going to be here whether you like it or not, just like pop, just like rap.
Thrash metal is still as alive as it was in 1985. Folk metal is better now than it was in 1997 when it was still developing. Power metal is fucking retarded crazy now, and that shit came UP from some crazy shit to begin with. There's operatic metal, bubblegum pop metal, dub-step metal, techno metal, there's rap metal, swing metal, there's even Hindu chanting metal, which is real interesting.
There's a ridiculous amount of metal to listen to. North America, South America, Africa, East and West Europe, Russia, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, essentially every square inch of the earth has at least 10 to 10,000 metal bands playing or practicing at any given minute.
There's so many musicians with such incredible talent in metal, that frankly, I can't see any reason anyone would deny the quality of their musicianship.
There are too many singers to use vocals as an excuse, and there are too many kinds of metal with too much of a variety of lyrical content to use THEM as an excuse either.
Just listen to metal. DO IT. I fucking dare you.