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    Metal Heads Rejoice .

    Ok, something I know anyway,after reading some of the posts by metal heads on these very forums. This from www.telegraph.co.uk .

    Heavy metal 'a comfort for the bright child'
    By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent
    Last Updated: 10:47am GMT 21/03/2007

    Metal's bark is far worse than its bite
    Intelligent teenagers often listen to heavy metal music to cope with the pressures associated with being talented, according to research

    Queen guitarist Brian May has a degree in astrophysics.

    The results of a study of more than 1,000 of the brightest five per cent of young people will come as relief to parents whose offspring, usually long-haired, are devotees of Iron Maiden, AC/DC and their musical descendants.

    Researchers found that, far from being a sign of delinquency and poor academic ability, many adolescent "metalheads" are extremely bright and often use the music to help them deal with the stresses and strains of being gifted social outsiders.

    Stuart Cadwallader, a psychologist at the University of Warwick, will present the findings at the British Psychological Society conference in York today.

    He said: "There is a perception of gifted and talented students as being into classical music and spending a lot of time reading. I think that is an inaccurate stereotype. There is literature that links heavy metal to poor academic performance and delinquency but we found a group that contradicts that.

    "We are looking at a group with lower than average self-esteem that does not feel quite as well adjusted. They feel more stressed out and turn to heavy metal as a way of relieving that stress.

    "Participants said they appreciated the complex and sometimes political themes of heavy metal music more than perhaps the average pop song. It has a tendency to worry adults a bit but I think it is just a cathartic thing. It does not indicate problems."

    The researchers surveyed 1,057 members of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth - a body whose 120,000 student members are within the top five per cent academically in the 11-19 age range.

    Asked for their favourite type of music, 39 per cent said rock, 18 per cent R&B and 14 per cent pop. Six per cent said heavy metal and a third rated it in their top five genres.

    The heavy metal fans in the study had lower self-esteem and more difficulties in family relationships and friendships.

    Mr Cadwallader then held an online discussion involving 19 members of the academy, 17 of whom were heavy metal fans. They spoke of listening to bands including System of a Down, Slipknot, Tool, Dragon Force, Forward Russia and In Flames when they were in a bad mood and using it to work off frustrations and anger.

    One student said: "It helps me with stress. It's the general thrashiness of it. You can't really jump your anger into the floor and listen to your music at the same time with other types of music."

    Mr Cadwallader added: "Perhaps gifted people experience more pressure than their peers and use the music to purge this negativity."

    Dan Silver, assistant editor of the music magazine NME who has worked for Kerrang! and Metal Hammer, said: "Many themes of heavy metal are about alienation. If you have these kinds of feelings there is a lot you can get out of the music and the community of fans who are into it."

    Yeah, I know Brian May and the other bands mentioned arent classed as metal, but this article will obviously include Death Meatal and all the Other Genres discussed on these pages.

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    Metal Heads Rejoice

    Ok, something I know anyway,after reading some of the posts by metal heads on these very forums. This from www.telegraph.co.uk .

    Heavy metal 'a comfort for the bright child'
    By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent
    Last Updated: 10:47am GMT 21/03/2007

    Metal's bark is far worse than its bite
    Intelligent teenagers often listen to heavy metal music to cope with the pressures associated with being talented, according to research

    Queen guitarist Brian May has a degree in astrophysics.

    The results of a study of more than 1,000 of the brightest five per cent of young people will come as relief to parents whose offspring, usually long-haired, are devotees of Iron Maiden, AC/DC and their musical descendants.

    Researchers found that, far from being a sign of delinquency and poor academic ability, many adolescent "metalheads" are extremely bright and often use the music to help them deal with the stresses and strains of being gifted social outsiders.

    Stuart Cadwallader, a psychologist at the University of Warwick, will present the findings at the British Psychological Society conference in York today.

    He said: "There is a perception of gifted and talented students as being into classical music and spending a lot of time reading. I think that is an inaccurate stereotype. There is literature that links heavy metal to poor academic performance and delinquency but we found a group that contradicts that.

    "We are looking at a group with lower than average self-esteem that does not feel quite as well adjusted. They feel more stressed out and turn to heavy metal as a way of relieving that stress.

    "Participants said they appreciated the complex and sometimes political themes of heavy metal music more than perhaps the average pop song. It has a tendency to worry adults a bit but I think it is just a cathartic thing. It does not indicate problems."

    The researchers surveyed 1,057 members of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth - a body whose 120,000 student members are within the top five per cent academically in the 11-19 age range.

    Asked for their favourite type of music, 39 per cent said rock, 18 per cent R&B and 14 per cent pop. Six per cent said heavy metal and a third rated it in their top five genres.

    The heavy metal fans in the study had lower self-esteem and more difficulties in family relationships and friendships.

    Mr Cadwallader then held an online discussion involving 19 members of the academy, 17 of whom were heavy metal fans. They spoke of listening to bands including System of a Down, Slipknot, Tool, Dragon Force, Forward Russia and In Flames when they were in a bad mood and using it to work off frustrations and anger.

    One student said: "It helps me with stress. It's the general thrashiness of it. You can't really jump your anger into the floor and listen to your music at the same time with other types of music."

    Mr Cadwallader added: "Perhaps gifted people experience more pressure than their peers and use the music to purge this negativity."

    Dan Silver, assistant editor of the music magazine NME who has worked for Kerrang! and Metal Hammer, said: "Many themes of heavy metal are about alienation. If you have these kinds of feelings there is a lot you can get out of the music and the community of fans who are into it."

    Yeah, I know Brian May and the other bands mentioned arent classed as metal, but this article will obviously include Death Meatal and all the Other Genres discussed on these pages.
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    Re: Metal Heads Rejoice

    I somewhat agree with that study. Most teenagers in my old school who listened to metal were definitely more 'switched on' and politically engaged than those who listened to drum & bass, dance, rap or hip-hop.

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    Re: Metal Heads Rejoice

    I agree fully. I myself listen to metal and have experienced time and again how it hardens my resolve.
    What's more, I experience my peers' passivity every day - they mostly listen to mtv rubbish -, whereas much of those who do "give a damn" listen to metal (not all of them do, though, of course).
    Thumbs up for metal

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    Re: Metal Heads Rejoice

    In a way, I feel this is rather unfortunate.

    "We are looking at a group with lower than average self-esteem that does not feel quite as well adjusted. They feel more stressed out and turn to heavy metal as a way of relieving that stress.
    It's too bad our most gifted kids tend to have low self-esteem and don't feel so well-adjusted.

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    Re: Metal Heads Rejoice

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    OThey spoke of listening to bands including System of a Down, Slipknot, Tool, Dragon Force, Forward Russia and In Flames
    Too bad they didn't talk about real metal bands, though. This is hardcore pop for early- to mid-teens, leaning toward homosexual practices and leftists tendencies. I bet that if they have had more serious metallers interviewed, the IQ gap between these students and average ones would have been greater.
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    Nine inch Nails and the Cure helped me cope with being different as a teen. I still listen to both. The Cure's album Disintigration still helps me cope with pain weither physical or other. I have seem similar studies dealing with the goth subcluture. Teens who were depressed were less likely to self injure or use large abounts of drugs/alcohol if they are goths than not. There is something to be said for knowing that you are not alone. Especially if you are not interested in the surface of things.
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    Well ive never listened to Nine Inch Nails, but I like the Cure and bands like Echo and the Bunnymen and The Smiths. This type of music often cheered me up in my adolescence altough most of my peers deemed it depressing .Ive never been a "Goth" so cant comment. As far as heavy Metal goes I like some and some I cant get into, but generally I think that those who listen to alternative music look at music from a different view point, as opposed to the those who subscribe to the popular mainstream drivel served up as music in the charts. And therefore they , being diferent and alternative probably look at life in general in a different way too.

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    Re: Metal Heads Rejoice

    I agree that those who find metal comforting are on a higher level on some aspects of intelligence.

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    AW: Re: Metal Heads Rejoice

    I can only agree with that. The avarage intellect of the metalheads I know in real life and the internet is definately higher than the avarage intellect of the listerners of other music genres which might be caused by the broader spectrum of topics in the metal music which isn't just about love like most other music genres. Also metalheads seem rather politically interested. It's definately something that should be researched more in depth.

    PS: well the most intelligent ones are still those who do not listen to music at all from my experience
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