So this week I decided to have a shot at listening to heavy metal music. The subject came up after I was reading a book and part of it dealt with music therapy for kids on the Autism Spectrum. I asked someone what kind of music their kid likes and the reply I got was ‘speed metal’. I became quite curious so I decided to have a go at listening to metal in general.
On doing a bit of research I was pretty sure I would like metal mostly because Zepplin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple are considered the ‘unholy trinity’ of metal. I like all of those bands so I was pretty positive. I discovered I really like Motorhead which made me really happy for which I was surprised. I also really like power and industrial metal. Particularly if it sounds like a bear growling in German because you’re trying to take it’s dinner. It’s oddly soothing. This revelation is kind of hilarious considering I love the shit out of Britney Spears and I have a not so secret love for shitty shitty pop music. Complete opposite end of the musical spectrum. Having said that it also should surprise no one I love glam and hair metal.
On the flip side I really don’t like thrash metal and I think Metallica is terrible. I would put Metallica in the same bin as Justin Beiber (I’ve braced myself for hate. It’s ok). I find both irritating to my ears. Possibly because it sounds tinny after listening to fore mentioned growling German bear. The jury is still out on symphonic and orchestral metal, I don’t like Nightwish (sorry Mum) but I DO like Blind Guardian (thanks Mum). For me I think it’s a bit like rap, it depends on who’s doing it as to who I like. Go figure.
In summerising I like metal much more than I thought and I think there is honestly a type out there for everyone. Ask your friendly metal head for some recommendations(thanks Cal, Mum, Connor and Thomas) and get listening.
My Top Metal Picks
- Anything by Eisbrecher. Don’t speak German and they could be singing the phone book but it’s good listening.
- Raubiter – Again, could be the phone book but I like it.
- Motorhead – you can’t go wrong even if the only song you like is Ace of Spades