Whether it was Heavy Metal or Light Metal, I just characterized the whole genre of metal as a genre with loud music, chaotic guitar solos, and lots of screaming. From my perspective, when people like music, they either like the actual instrumentals or they like the lyrics (ie: Rap). Thus, I personally didn’t know why people like listening to that kind of music. First, you couldn’t really hear much of the instruments because of all the screaming or growling and second, because the screaming and growling was incomprehensible.
Another stereotype that I gave Metal was that the people who listened to it were really weird and crazy. They put on really scary make-up and had really long hair for men. Often times when I think of metal, I think of the band “Kiss.” Kiss was infamous for their painted white and black faces and their spikey clothing. They also had really long puffy hair and they would head bang a lot. Other than Kiss, most metal bands wear either the same make – up or change it up with color or shape. I sometimes saw some metal bands wearing masks instead of make – up. Something that scared me even more is where metal bands would have these devilish costumes where blood would stream out of some fake body part.
Another very strong stereotype in metal is the exorbitant amount of screaming or growling. In my perspective, you can’t understand what they are screaming so there isn’t really point in even screaming. The screaming was actually the main point in which I didn’t like metal as a genre. It distracted me from the only thing I might be able to appreciate which was the instrumentals. It was also very loud. Now it isn’t the kind of loud that you can just turn your volume down though. It’s loud because in order to hear the instrumentals, you have to turn it up. I suppose I just don’t like the balance between screaming and instruments. Though I do respect that screaming is very hard to do correctly. Also, I realize that the guitar solos are one of the many trademarks of metal, and it is absolutely amazing with what metal guitarists can do. Though overall, I had a very bad impression on metal because of all the screaming and growling.
As far as gender goes, it thought only old, hairy, fat guys listened to it. I couldn’t even imagine what a women would look like if she was a metal fan. When I thought of the people who listened to metal, I thought of the people who rode Harley Davidsons with spikes on their cuffs and were not to be messed with. I could imagine metal concerts would be something a biker gang could go hang out at. I also thought that in concerts there would be like huge fights and mosh pits and that it would be totally chaotic. A place I wouldn’t really want to go to because I might get trampled.
Overall, my perception of metal wasn’t a very good one and I was very closed to the thought of there even being a meaning to all the screaming and growling. I didn’t really see anyone else listening to it, so I didn’t see a reason into investigating into what this genre was really about.