I’ve been thinking of writing about this topic for a little while now, and after having a birthday recently, I decided that this was as relevant of a time as I would get to actually get around to it. So let’s get right into another Permabaked’s Opinions piece, shall we?
Today’s topic: “Growing out of metal”
I, like many others, yourself almost certainly included, have seen my fair share of people “grow out of metal”. While most people don’t particularly care what type of music they listen to, mainly because it isn’t an issue in the slightest, to some, the very concept of growing tired and wanting to move on from a genre that you used to love seems like some sort of unforgivable act that they’d rather die than do. This viewpoint seems to come most predominantly, if not entirely, from the metal scene. Personally, I find this view borderline retarded, as musical taste is entirely based on opinion, and opinions can easily change over time. So knowing my stance on this topic, let’s talk a bit about it.
I think the big question to tackle straight away is simply: “Why do people grow out of metal?” Well personally, I believe that it typically happens because a lot of metal fans tend to absolutely immerse themselves in metal and not much else musically after discovering it, and it is something that seems to happen in metal a lot more than in any other genre’s community. Whether this happens because the person in question is a teenager who just wants to rebel against the system that they hardly even understand yet, they like the playing style of it, or even if they just like the actual music, this seems to happen quite a lot. The way that I see it, is that with such little variety to what sort of music they listen to, an “over-saturation” effect of sorts occurs, where there’s just so much of one particular thing and such little variety. This is where some people end up getting bored with the genre. It may take a couple of years, it may take ten, indeed, sometimes it never happens, but that is why I think that people get bored of metal in the first place.
Now these opinions actually come from experience, as I used to be one of those stereotypical “metal or nothing” kids when I was in my early to mid-teens. Save for a couple of similar genres outside of metal, I was very closed-minded towards most music, I absolutely despised pop music and pop stars, and I was, in general, a fucking idiot when it came to music. Mercifully, as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised the mistakes that my 14 year old self stupidly made. Personally, I’ve watched my musical taste evolve over these years into what it currently is, and it is something that I’m very happy with and proud of. I do still listen to a considerable amount of metal, but compared to how much of it I listened to about five years ago, it’s a hell of a lot less. Even the subgenres of metal, and as a result, the bands themselves, that I listen to have changed quite a lot. I used to listen to a lot more metalcore and typical heavy metal when I was younger, whereas nowadays I listen to a lot more progressive and melodic metal, and I’m sure that a lot of others will notice that their preference of subgenres will vary as well.
At the end of the day, “growing out of metal” is really just a phrase that people use, usually to piss metalheads off on the internet more than anything else. In reality, though, someone changing their opinions on a type of music, regardless of what it is, is absolutely normal, and shouldn’t be an issue to anyone, not even the person who changed their opinions. For any metalheads reading this that have noticed themselves getting a bit tired of metal, I believe that by just keeping an open mind when it comes to genres and music, and not being a dick about it, it is a lot less likely that you will “grow out of metal”. More than that, you’ll probably end up being a better person musically. By no means am I insinuating that anyone needs to listen to more than just metal, or that everyone will get bored of it eventually. I’m just pointing out that trying out new things can be good for you, and can even lead to new interests. It’s almost like the food pyramid; yes, you need to have your fruit and vegetables, but to have a healthy diet, you need your grains, meat and dairy as well.
So what do you think? Have you seen yourself or others growing out of metal? Is it even an issue to you? Let me and everyone else know in the comments. Also, if you have a suggestion for a future Permabaked’s Opinions article, feel free to suggest it in the comments as well.
If you haven’t read the previous Permabaked’s Opinions, in which I wrote about my thoughts on music piracy, feel free to check it out here.
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