People are really fucking stupid. I guess that goes without any doubt. But when I see stupidity right in front of me, blatantly obvious I tend to bare my teeth, hiss and get angry for no real reason. Okay I lied on this, but it makes me angry. And you won't like me when I'm angry.
Actually, that's a lie too, I just tend to shout and feel a terrible jaw-ache.
But this isn't the point of this journal entry. This journal entry is all about rock and metal and, of course, metalheads and anti-metallists.
First of all... How the hell did it became so popular in the first place? Answer is really simple, if you think about it. Defiance. Most types of metal and hard-rock are centered about defiance (note the word "Most", so don't come back complaining) in this or other way - be it government, realtionship, life, death or any other things that come to your mind.
Remember Terry Pratchett's Soul Music? It had this message said pretty damn outright... Mind you I can't remember the quote from heart, but it got along the lines "The music made you want to rebel. The music filled your spine with hot lead. The music made you jump and scream and dance. The music made you paint your bedroom black.".
And that's what's it all about. It's a music of the bone, of the flesh, of the soul. It's the music that sets you ablaze, music that promised that all your wildest dreams could come trough. That's why it became what it is now. Of course it has changed. Various subgenres arised, some very different from the core material, even losing some of the "liquid fire" qualities for "boo-hoo, I'll sob and cry" ones (which is a bunch of bullocks, but that's another article). But it is obvious - as long as there are dreamers (and as long as there are teenagers, but that's past the point) this music will continue to survive, make people rebel and bash their heads incontrollably.
Now the next thing is the people, that surround it. Of course I'm talking about both sides of the barricade. Well, anti-metallists are quite simple really. I mean ACTIVE ones. Which SHOUT and SCREAM how this music is bad and dead. Well, obviously, they have their own true points, that goes without saying, but most of them will just launch onto the music and chew on it angrily with their little criticism teeth.
And, seriously, why? I won't speak for everybody, but it became some sort of a fad in later years to bash any, and I mean it, ANY SINGLE SUBCULTURE under the warm sun. The point? The lovely defiance, not wanting to comform to stereotypes and a petty bias that "anything I don't like is bad".
And attention carving. The glorious attention carving.
Metalheads themselves aren't saints either. Not only most of them (again, note the "most") are petty elitist pricks, but a lot of them seem to forget what the original metal was all about, instead focusing their attention on techincal aspects and even lyrics in non-lyric-driven bands. Which is just ridiculous. I mean, sure, we have 80-s, early 90-s russian rock, which is basically a big middle finger to USSR... But trying to find any sort of good lyrics in bubble-gum-power like Rhapsody? Or growling doom metal? I mean, what's the point? There's a guy named Algalord, with impractical Emerald Sword and he strikes down his foes. Woo, yay. (Voice, in my inhumble opinion (note "my opinion". I hate it when people bash me for being closed-minded), is just another musical instrument, albeit very powerfull one.)
And why do they act like this? Good ol' defiance. "But we're not like it! We're not stupid". Ah, how I love defiance.
What I wanted to say? Well, metal is another musical style. Not better than any other, and not worse, at least in the grand picture of things. We proclaim a lot of things dead, just to ressurect them a couple of decades later out of pure nostalgia. The music of defiance and establishing your place will live on in society in this form or another. And no matter how you look at it that rocks.
Be excellent to each other.
And party on, dudes!