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Devio-Evolution of Metal Fans by M-EX Devio-Evolution of Metal Fans by M-EX
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After spending some time in this musical subculture you get to know a lot of people, and a lot of tastes and inclinations regarding Metal and all of its children. You'd think that there might be a consensus between the followers but I get surprised/amused by how a fan of certain metal sub-genre can despise another sub-genre as much as he/she'd despise Justin Bieber.

Which amuses me.

Also this is just for fun, and of course, not everyone is like this, and yeah I know I didn't feature Atmospheric, Dark, Fusion, Industrial, Melodic, Sludge, Stoner, etc, etc, etc here. The graphic is already crowded enough as it is ^_^
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JasonAlexander1993 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental.
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AjaxTelamoneis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice! LOL!
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Karret Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Heeee nice~ Though as someone pointed out, the "metal horns" are done inaccurately - those people are actually saying 'I Love You" in American sign language. :P!

My musical journey started out at a 180 basically from where I am now. O vO!
Grew up early on with [this] kinda stuff. Eventually moved to pop, rock, etc down the ever darker sliding scale of teh metulz so now the darkest/br00talist thing I like is [this]. However, I don't stay in one place.  I keep moving all around the different levels. I love [Epic Rap Battles of History], I've really enjoyed what I've heard of [Electro Swing], [Punk], etc etc etc rjkshgdfg bunches of other genres of varying levels on the scale of pop-y to extreme music. Also a couple of random [foreign] [artists]

So while the majority of my interests, musically, are in eeeehh probably anywhere from Symphonic to Death metal [or rock stuff of some kind], I still love a bunch of other styles. XDa Even Gangnam Style and The Fox P:
With that ramble out of the way, there are a lot of metalheads with mentalities like this. XDa Metul is srs bsns to them. hue. 


... Actually this kind of reminds me of this one picture [here] hehehee
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monstermaster13 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I may not get the actual point of this picture but I thought it was good so I Favorited it anyway.
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Vernon682 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Does that mean im Tarja Turunen? Uh, ok. Great graph though!
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M-EX Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
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kaikauspasha Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok i use to listen to linkin park and think they brutal.i was 9 when i heard them and had never heard any thing like them.chester screaming and shit.after that a bit heavy on the guitars bon jovi's album have a nice day.the whole album i use to listen every day for a whole year.mixture of alt metal,country and glam metal.easy easy happy happy lyrics,but more guitars than linkin park and then system of a down chaotic on the guitars as compared to b.j and l.p.lyrically more heavy,beautiful and varying styles of vocals
and then finally this year in 2014 i became  a proper metalhead listening to stuff traditional metal,thrash,melodic death,doom,funeral doom,melodic thrash,power metal,speed metal,alternative meta.grindcore,groove metal,hard rock,psychedelic rock,symphonic metal,metalcore,deathcore,black metal and just really constantly exploring metal sub genres.yup this evolution has some credibility in terms of where i stand with metal,but not seeing myself becoming a metal elitist.lot more shut to explore.awesome fun evolution.nice stuff 
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fimoman Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, just about sums it up. I personally probably sit comfortably around 7, though I'll readily swing as high as an 8 or as low as a 3 (In other words, I pretty much find anything from power metal and hard rock, up to melodeath and symphonic black metal).
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aldris247 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Number 3 is Tarja. I dont know who you are, but I love you.
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regidar Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Writer
straight from /mu/
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MGS96 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
I went from first to second and jumped straight to 4th where I currently am
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FriendshipIsMetal777 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see Jari Maenpaa, third from the right.  \m/
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teambrownie1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
is part of the joke that they're flashing the ASL sign for 'i love you?'
just wanted to point that out
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M-EX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
At the beginning it was an accident, but then I thought it was funny so I left it like that ;)
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kingjazzad12 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Seems pretty accurate for most people I've met.
However, I love some death metal as much as i like some alternative metal or hard rock, or even some psychedelic (imi hendrix, buckethead, beatles, etc)
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M-EX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome to have a varied taste! :D
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kingjazzad12 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Yeah thanks for the amusing and informational picture though
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wingedblue Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd say I'm somewhere within the first three ^u^ I usually listen to alternative and nu-metal but sometimes I like something harder :)
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M-EX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
It's great to be able to like more than one style, huh? :D
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az-amon-ra Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013

I've never really understood the idea of sub-genres or whatever since the distinctions always seemed vague to me.  Of course I go on a song by song basis for all music so I've never followed a particular band or even a type of music.  It largely depends on my mood and whether I like the song.  I can understand the appeal of um whatever the hell the shouting/growling stuff is called at the moment but personally I find it kinda boring. *shrug*

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M-EX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Well, it's okay if you find it that way but definitely the differences exist. Symphonic metal will not sound like thrash metal, and doom metal and pagan metal can be just as different, but the labels are not there to limit, but to identify; quite often the genres mix and create amazing things.
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az-amon-ra Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I don't doubt that there is a difference I just have difficulty seeing, well hearing it actually.  Of course since I don't bother to learn the names of music types since I don't go looking for specific types of music in shops, I couldn't tell which is which anyway.  
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LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
I started out at nu metal and rap metal,I always thought that I would hate non-clean vocals. Then I got into industrial and tharsh metal. Then I listened to some death metal and actual liked it! Right now I'm in the grindcore phase(Still like nu,rap,thrash and industrial metal though).
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nick98 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
I listen to almost everything. Probably the hardest I have ever got to hear as particular genre is metalcore (All That Remains, Chimaira, Dir en grey (if we can classify them as such)), groove metal (Pantera, Five Finger Death Punch) and thrash metal (the Big Four, obviously). I do accept the very hardest genres such as death metal and black metal as music, but I never listen to them. My favorite type of music is electronic music ('specially drum and bass, industrial, house, trance and dubstep), but I definitely listen to pop, rock and metal too.
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I brutalized this path because I started listening to metal at around 2-3 years of age and remained almost squarely with Alternative Metal, Nü-metal, and Popular Metal (Enter Sandman, Iron Man, Crazy Train) until I discovered Electric Wizard and doom metal/stoner doom.
LUCKILY, I soon became intrigued by stoner metal's love for blues chords, discovered psychedelic blues rock, then discovered blues rock and classic rock, then discovered rock-n-roll (as opposed to rock), then discovered jazz, then discovered electro-jazz, then found out that electro-jazz is the music of Jet Set Radio Future, rediscovered electronica, and came back around to alternative/pop music with an obvious place in my heart dedicated to blues/stoner/doom metal.
But now I've moved to sludge metal and drone metal, so...
Of course, I can't help but love some black metal and melodeath now and again. Power metal is always good, and I don't think hair metal is as bad as they say. Dubmetal is just plain "dubstep + death metal" and I've never been a fan of modern metalcore.
But when I discovered my soft spot for modern pop, I was first disgusted, then in denial, then begged Satan that I'll be good again, then accepted that "You know what= I like Bruno Mars. I like Ed Sheeran. I like Imagine Dragons. I like Radiohead. I like Whitechapel. I like Solitude Aeturnus. There you go. I'm not hiding it anymore."
If only more people...
PS- I discovered why labels are important, but can become trite. They're important because I'm damn sure Sunn 0))) is metal as much as I'm damn sure Cannibal Corpse is metal. All hell knows they don't sound anywhere near the same. But I can see how "Melo-nü-post-islamic-unblack-rap-dubstep-hair-kei-country-zydeco-billy-nintendo-metal" is pretty damn dumb.
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samanark Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
So...being a black metal fan (and a little death metal, depending), I'm more of a "It's highly likely I neither like nor care about whatever you listen to" insufferable, elitist prick as opposed to "I'm going to criticize what you listen to" insufferable, elitist prick.
I also find it more difficult as time goes on to understand clean vocals, while growled vocals are not a huge problem for me most of the time and I can figure out the majority of the lyrics of an unfamiliar song without any printed lyrics to reference.
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SullenStrange Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
This is pretty accurate for me up in the folk metal zone.
It's not REAL MUSIC until you've got at least one accordion mixed in with the slurred Swedish growling!!
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Eternities22 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Am I really the only person on dA who likes progressive rock, or hell, even knows what it even is? It really gets on my nerves that metal fans see metal as the greatest music possible but don't even know what progressive rock is. Honestly, not all metal is automatic music genius, and there's loads of that in prog rock.
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LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
The problem is some prog rock bands are REALLY pretentious. *Cough*Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
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Eternities22 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I agree, but I actually love the pretentiousness in prog. I love how over the top it is. :squee:
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M-EX Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I don't think all metal fans think that and I know several of them who love prog-rock as well, though I am sure some do believe it's the greatest thing on earth.

Me? I must confess I don't know beyond Pink Floyd, Genesis & Peter Gabriel and Marillion. I do enjoy progressive metal.
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Valenti-Angae Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Hah, this is great.
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GhoulMine1 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Remember when saying you listened to Linkin Park meant you listened to a pretty hardcore band that managed the Rock/Rap thing pretty well?
Without ending up with listening to Limp Bizkit and watching Fred Durst rhyme sentences with the same words as the last?
Not saying I hate Limp Bizkit(Though I did nearly puke when I found out what that meant, damn Americans), but really, I remember that time.
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Vernon682 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Black sabbath. Nuff said.
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Vernon682 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Mötley crüe, Metallica, the damned priest, and the rock god himself, Van halen, thats where its at.
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GhoulMine1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Don't forget Jimi Hendrix, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Dragonforce, Etc.

Shoot to thrill baby.
:D
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M-EX Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I remember. My mother used to think Marilyn Manson was totally satanic, by the way.
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GhoulMine1 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
At this point anything with black on it(In racism included) is considered "Satanic"
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M-EX Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Ridiculous, huh?
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GhoulMine1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Don't even get me started...........
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Winnoy Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I have to agree with you on this one. I've been a rock/metal fan from a very young age, and people think it's bizarre that I can listen to Metallica and still like Black Veil Brides...
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SkyDragon90 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same here. I was literally raised on rock music. I can take Metallica, Three Days Grace, KISS, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Linkin Park, Within Temptation, pretty much anything except Green Day and Theory of a Deadman. But just because I was raised on rock doesn't mean I hate everything else. I played in the symphonic and jazz bands in high school, and I loved it! I also listen to a lot of video game music, which is far from Rock a lot of the time (Sonic games are usually rock when Jun Senoue does much of the soundtrack, as in Sonic Adventure 2 and Shadow the Hedgehog).
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M-EX Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
People can't seem to grasp the idea that a band doesn't always sounds the same, they have layers of different sounds, from an epic 10 minutes song, to a soft ballad, and they're the same.
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3 days ago, I made my poppy friend listen to retro doom metal.

Friend: THIS ISN'T METAL! NO ONE'S SCREAMING OR GROWLING! THEY'RE PLAYING TOO SLOW! *I* can like this music, this CAN'T be metal!

Then I showed the same band to a friend who loves nothing but "OMG, so hardcore metal" like Evanescence, Slipknot, and KoRn.

Mallcore Friend: What has metal become? Who would actually play metal slow? That's not how you do it. (The kicker? He was wearing a Black Sabbath tee! On top of the fact he's a mallcore kid)

Heeheeheeheee! Aheeheheeheeheehee!
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M-EX Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
OMG I have found these people! Incredible what the media does to you, huh? If it's not about speed, growls and long hair, then it must not be metal. The TV says so!
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Pretty much. I even have several metalhead friends whom think that even Iron Maiden isn't metal anymore because "metal standards have changed and you can only be metal with death growls and machine-gun speed double-bass pedals."
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vgmaster9 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I will say that apart from metal, I totally dig electronic dance music, or EDM. There's loads of subgenres such house, disco (some of it), electro, trance, techno, dubstep, UK garage, breakbeat, jungle, drum n bass, hardstyle, hardcore, and tons of others.
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VicariousReality Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
I used to listen to Nightwish and Metallica, then i jumped straight to brutal technical death metal
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DarkCrowz Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like Avant-Garde metal the best. So I'm off the charts completely.
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stonedInc Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So true.
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