This happenned to me many times, I used to love metal and encourage it's ways more than others, until one day I got sick of everything and everybody, friends who used to be called as that, left me on my way. I tryied many times to open my way as a vocalist and my projects vanished in quick sand no matter how i tried. Now they see me progress on other genres, as they saw me progress on metal, and they care a damn about me. And I'm not a bad vocalist, I find my voice intresting and capable of complex things, and I'm an even better song writter, I had a couple of lyrics in metal that were good.
I regret not have learnt to play guitar on those days, it would surely have helped, however nowadays that I know to play a little guitar and years passed I don't feel like listening to old school metal in any variation, or dressing as a headbanger,
I 've got decepted by the scene and the music went repetitive and senseless, I still enjoy of distortion and speed but not strictly metal, I find Igorrr for example far more original than many metal bands. Respecting to living as a headbanger, many things of metal marked me and I still think almost the same about society, and how to behave in life, it's just that I don't feel all the violence and anger any more.
I know how it is, I know how many of you would feel about me, I've been that side, I was able to register this site at last without googling. It's still difficult to talk about this and I don't do it openly where my old pals can identify me, I just get past by that and sometimes manifest my actual musical taste: country and world music, better if heavy sounding (too much to ask) but never ever I will listen to pop or music too quiet.
I got permanently burnt out of metal. I could listen to hardcore, trouble is I got tired of rock music in general, just always the same roots. I'd wish that there would be a genre similar to rock with different roots, may be that tell more about my country's traditions, but it's what it is, the genre I like doesn't exist yet, thoiugh i sometimes listem to some folk metal, just not the viking stuff. One thing it's sure and I'm never listening to pop music.