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Heavy metal concert fans: there are striking differences in the emotional responses of fans and non-fans of death metal. Parth Joshi/flickr

Death metal is often violent and misogynist yet it brings joy and empowerment to fans

For non-fans, listening to death metal is a negative experience. But research has found the music has the opposite effect on fans, giving rise to positive experiences such as power, joy and peace.
A Black Sabbath fan on stage at a rock concert in Finland. Anssi Koskinen/flickr

Explainer: the politics of heavy metal

Heavy metal music was traditionally associated with white, working class masculinity. But the genre has diversified - with many subgenres - and now embraces causes ranging from whale protection to labour conditions.
Hip-hop artists such as American rapper Method Man are often accused of creating music than incites anti-social behaviour. Jazmin Million/Flickr

Getting a bad rap: why problem music isn’t really a problem

Often we form opinions of music because of how aggressive, depressing or joyful we perceive it to be. But studies into the effects of different music genres on listeners' moods throw up some surprises.
Fans cheer on the heavy metal band Motörhead. brandi/flickr

The fate of the metalheads

Parents and politicians once feared heavy metal music would inspire devil worship, reckless sex and rampant drug use. A new study investigates what became of young metal fans.

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