Metal as a way of life
Written by Dux, March 2008
about music that you cant describe; a feeling that just drives you.
If theres one interest in my life that I have the strongest passion
for, heavy metal music is at the top of my proverbial list. There are
so many facets of metal music that fulfill me in a plethora of ways. If
its not me simply rocking out to the music that gets my head banging,
its me being an arm chair critic, bonding with my brothers in metal,
or playing with like-minded musicians.
most obvious that the music I listen to, like any other type of music
other people prefer, catches your ear. Theres just something about
that constant muscular, chunky-sounding guitar riffing that
makes you want to bang your head. The music just gets you into this invincible,
badass feeling mood -- a sort of savagely refined trance. Yet on the same
token, it makes you realize how metal is such a fine art. Unlike other
forums of popular or edgy music, metal takes a large degree
of skill to play, especially from the guitarists. Hearing master crafted,
soaring guitar solos that weave, bob, and shoot, layered over thick-sounding
hooks is just like going to another world; I personally would not rather
be anywhere else.
hearing something you like, you usually want to emulate it. Ever since
picking up the snare drum as a boy in elementary school, I always wanted
to play rock music like the big boys. I think the whole idea
of being a rock star has been every mans childhood dream at some
point or another, and to this day it is what inspires me to keep playing.
Call it naïve, but metal is like never growing up; it plays on that
boyhood machismo that makes us the pigheaded men you know and love. Theres
something so primal and natural about playing music that just opens this
creative aqueduct in you. Speaking from experience, having played in several
bands and having been privy to some incredible musicians, theres
just something unique, like completing a circle, when playing the type
of music you love.
eavy metal, in
a lot of ways, is about being social and having unity. Since we
(those of us who appreciate metal) view ourselves akin to the marines
(that is: few, proud, and mighty), heavy metal becomes much more than
music. The music we enjoy and listen to turns into a sort of like-minded
brotherhood where everyone whos in-the-know feels a slight edge
over the other peons who listen to inferior forums of music.
Okay, I know that sounds really chauvinistic and elitist, but in all seriousness,
we see metal as more than just music: its a way of life a
brotherhood forged in iron and steel. Heck, metal is more often than not
a spectators sport. We metalheads are hard to please, and were
constantly voicing our opinions on a new album or virtuoso guitarist.
his writing probably
does little justice to my passion for a form of music that is often misunderstood
and not fully appreciated, but words could never describe the feeling
I get when listening to metal opuses like Metallicas Master of Puppets
or playing with a group of dedicated metalheads. Metal is both refined
and yet is the most primal type of music. It wields a raw aggression that
drives its follower to head bang through and through. All youve
got to do is see someone flash you the trademark horns and nod at your
Iron Maiden shirt to know that youre among good company and involved
with a completely different kind of beast.
(Originally written for Riff
Dux - March 2008