There are many things out there that the majority of our society strongly believe it has nothing but a bad influence on people, from video games and free cougar dating websites to skateboarding and even riding motorcycles. Among the most infamous phenomena, however, is heavy metal.
Those who listen to it will say that it’s the best thing ever, while those who don’t fancy such a heavy sound will say things like “it makes no sense” or even that it’s “Satan’s music.” But what if we told you that listening to heavy metal can actually be good for you?
Science Never Lies
One can argue over and over again that heavy metal sucks or that it’s great – it all comes down to personal taste. Some people deeply enjoy heavy guitar riffs while others perceive it as unintelligible noise. When you look at it from a scientific standpoint, however, you’ll notice that the truth leans towards the former group.
Namely, there was a certain study conducted in 2015 that has proven heavy metal can be actually beneficial. Honors student from the University of Queensland in Australia, Leah Sharman, along with psychologist Genevieve Dingle, have found that those who listen to heavy metal, scream, punk and hardcore can actually feel inspiration and happiness when exposed to their favorite music genre.
The study basically placed 39 subjects in stressful conditions by prompting them to focus on unpleasant memories, mostly revolving around employment, finances and partners. After 16 minutes of rage-inducing memories, half of the participants were played ‘extreme’ music for 10 minutes and half of them were left to sit there in silence for the same amount of times.
And the results were amazing: the first group actually felt much lighter and less stressful after whole ten minutes of listening to head-banging, face-melting metal, while the second silent group felt even worse than during the initial 16 minutes of thinking about bad memories.
In the university’s press release, Leah Sharman said: “When experiencing anger, extreme music fans liked to listen to music that could match their anger. The music helped them explore the full gamut of emotion they felt, but also left them feeling more active and inspired. Results showed levels of hostility, irritability and stress decreased after music was introduced, and the most significant change reported was the level of inspiration they felt.”
Bottom line, heavy metal and its derivatives will seemingly forever remain a dark subject to talk about. Propaganda has turned this quite artistic music genre into something that has a negative connotation to it.
Still, there’s no denying what science has proven that day. Many will argue that the results found at the University of Queensland were such due to the fact that the subjects were metal fans to begin with, but there’s really no point in saying that metal music doesn’t have any benefits to human mind, body and soul.
In any case, metal fans can attest to the fact that their favorite music genre can be not only enjoyable, but also calming, inspirational, encouraging and even spiritual.