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    When it comes to metal, I only like clean vocals and clean lyrics. (Or instrumentals.) That combination is rare, it seems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsGambit View Post
    When it comes to metal, I only like clean vocals and clean lyrics. (Or instrumentals.) That combination is rare, it seems.
    Epic doom, traditional doom, traditional heavy metal, or power metal might be what you're looking for.

    Off the top of my head, Evangelist and Monasterium are pretty great epic doom options, Pylon is a really cool trad doom band, for more traditional heavy metal I think Eternal Champion, Visigoth, and particularly Doomsword are worth a look, and for power metal you could probably just google some bands there (I'm not a big fan of of power metal, but if you can stand the cheese it's usually pretty unobjectionable). Sinbreed, Sabaton, Kamelot, Orden Ogan are a few I can think of off-hand.
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    Because. Cannons and bells and general coolness.
    I'm kinda fond of Tchaikovsky's Opus 35 in D Minor. Oops, I thought you meant ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zymologist View Post
    I found this recent study, examining the effects of death metal on listeners; both fans and non-fans. The results are fascinating, and indicate that the music will generally elicit two polar opposite responses. Here's the abstract:

    Source: Thompson, Geeves, and Olsen "Who Enjoys Violent Music and Why?"


    Negative emotions are usually avoided in daily life, yet often appreciated in artistic endeavours. The present study investigated emotional experiences induced by Death Metal music with extremely violent themes, and examined whether enjoyment of this genre of music is associated with personality traits. Fans (N=48) and non-fans (N=97) listened to 60-second excerpts of Death Metal music and rated their emotional experiences. Compared with non-fans, fans experienced a wide range of positive emotions including power, joy, peace, and wonder. In contrast, non-fans reported uniformly negative experiences, including tension, anger and fear. Fans and non-fans were also distinguished by personality traits, with fans lower in conscientiousness and agreeableness, and in their motivations for listening to music. Results suggest that individuals with certain personality and music-listening motivations are drawn towards aggressive music with violent themes, and their enthusiasm for this genre promotes a range of positive emotional responses to this music.

    Who enjoys listening to violent music and why? (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publica..._music_and_why [accessed Mar 08 2018].

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    This rings true in my personal experience. Death metal is simultaneously an acquired taste (I took a while to get to where I'm at today), and also a style of music that most people simply won't "get," no matter how much they listen to it (although they might gain appreciation for certain elements). A song that I can find exciting, interesting, intricate etc. could repulse and disgust somebody else. I've been sharing a lot of music with a friend of mine lately, and he's been a remarkably good sport about it. He's what the study--and I--would classify as a non-fan of death metal: he finds it jarring and unpleasant, if not outright scary and/or repulsive. Although he's gained an appreciation for it that he didn't have before, he's probably one of those people who just won't really "get it," due to his personality. Kudos to him for giving it a shot, though.
    Interesting. I listen to some similar stuff. Demon Hunter is my favorite at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zymologist View Post
    In contrast, non-fans reported uniformly negative experiences, including tension, anger and fear.
    Whenever I hear death metal, I experience tension due to guitars that somehow managed to overdrive and distort the sound of static, drums that sound like a random bunch of clanging, and vocals that .... sound like they are in a lot of tension.

    I experience anger upon realizing that a drummer, guitar player, bass player, vocalist/singer shrieker, a producer, a record label, and the thousands of fans actually label that kind of noise as "music."

    I also experience fear when I see that this music is still becoming more popular while the glory days of rock music (brought to you by the Beatles, Stones, Who, Zeppelin, Clapton, Aerosmith, and other real musicians) continue to fade into the background.



    It continues to baffle me why some many people enjoy the sound of agony.

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