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Metal To the Core?

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments4 Comments

You find weird things on Twitter sometimes. Yesterday, I came across a Tweet from ZodiacFacts that said something to the effect of "Leos love heavy metal and hard rock." Basically, the gist was that Leos like music with passion.

I'm a Leo and this got me to thinking: is being a metal fan so ingrained in a person that it is just in their core? Put another way, was I destined to be a metal fan versus someone who loves country or classical or jazz?

There probably isn't an easy answer to my question, but I do think people are naturally inclined to like one thing over another. I mean, I was a metal fan in fifth grade. I'm an only child, so I didn't have older siblings to share metal bands with me, which I know is a common experience for most metalheads. So what drew me to metal? It had to be the rhythms, MTV and the fact that my parents like rock music, right? After I realized I liked rock and metal, it didn't take long for me to search out new bands on my own. Now, here we are some 20+ years later. I can see myself getting into other forms of music for sure, but none the way I feel toward metal bands. I can't see that changing ever in my entire life.

This must be pre-determined and cellular, yes?

Reader Comments (4)

Very interesting topic Allyson.

Well, I think a lot of it has to do with what you've been exposed to at a young age, as well as being determined by your personality. Just like that Eddie Murphey movie, Trading Places, it's both environment and genetics, I think.

I had an older bro and sis who were Beatles fanatics, so ofcourse I loved them too as a kid. Then I had a cousin who I hung out with who was a total KISS freak and that's when I got the bug. I was 11 then.

Over the years, I loved lots of other bands, but KISS was always at the top of my list. I never got into non-glam bands growing up, only glam and metal. I'm an Aries so I don't know that that has anything to do with it. My bro and sis never went the glam/metal route. I don't think it fit with their personalities.

I think its possible that you branch out and like other stuff, but I think once you're a metalhead, it will always be in your blood. I went through a period in the late 90's when I was into Country (!). And sometimes, if I'm really tired, I feel like listening to something mellow so I might deviate from the glam/metal choices on my ipod.

Conclusion - Environment + Personality + Mood = Metal/Glam Heaven!!!
July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRita
This is a good topic!.

I'm the oldest child in my family and a Virgo.My Mom and Dad were die hard classic country music listeners when I was in my "formative years".I spent ALL my allowance on 45's in the early 70's of various top 40 bands until,much like Rita, it was Kiss that grabbed me by the proverbial "boo boo" when I was about 11.(that would be around 1974,yeah, I'm an old bastard!) Also immediately conned my parents into a guitar and began lessons,(been playing right to this very day!)

There was no turning back from that point on.I never looked back and became a full on headbanger'discovering Aerosmith,Black Sabbath,AC/DC,etc by the time I was 12 or 13.The rest,as they say,is history....
July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Well I am a Sagitta and as a young kid I listened to crappy pop music like Hanson or Backstreet Boys, who were the new cool stuff back at those times. I also played piano and balletdanced and therefore I was also exposed to a lot of classical music. My dad is a Virgo and a rocker, he plays bass and guitars and he loves classic rock, esp Led Zeppelin. When I turned 11 I started to get interested in what he listened to and played; one of my first music moments was dad reading me The Lord of The Rings while Led Zeppelin III was playing.Then I developed my own unique taste in music: I liked classical rock but I had an interest in folk metal, speed and trash. I also listened to Motley Crue because the music appealed to me so damn much. Later on, I became a fan of early glam (T-Rex and Bowie Ziggy era), which lead me to 80s rock and then modern sleaze. So I think music is more of a personal experience, an evolution of our own soul. We remain hitched to the genere / kind that represents us the most. Some of us, like Ally or my own dad, are lucky and find the right genre pretty soon; others, like me, may take a while.
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