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 ^_^
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
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
just wanted to point that out
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)
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*
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.
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.
It's not REAL MUSIC until you've got at least one accordion mixed in with the slurred Swedish growling!!
Me? I must confess I don't know beyond Pink Floyd, Genesis & Peter Gabriel and Marillion. I do enjoy progressive metal.
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.
Shoot to thrill baby.
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)