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Yeah that is something i can say for myself too. The only thing that never betray me, or critise me, or leave me, or make me feel like shit is metal. And it's weird to say that cause metal is not a person but the most of the time makes me feel better than any other person in my life so i see metal like something more than a living being. I see metal as some drug or something. Helps you in the difficulties, makes you feel better when you are fine, generally makes you feel everything more keenly...

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Metal for me isn't really about the whole "down with the man, F the system" kind of thing. I had my share of that when I was a kid listening to punk rock and promptly grew out of it. Metal empowers me. I feel strong, I feel confident, and I even feel beautiful (crazy as that sounds). There's so much pressure to look a certain way, have brands of clothing, tan skin etc. Metal encourages me to embrace my long messy hair and pasty skin and give no fucks! Metal also makes me feel really creative and I particularly am drawn to bands with complex timing signatures, guitar solos and drums. I guess its like those college students who listen to Mozart to focus. Metal just tickles my brain in a good way. Metal is a sense of community sister/brotherhood and I have never felt more amongst my kin than at a big metal festival. Metal is a safe way of getting out my aggression, and again helps me to feel empowered. So I guess to sum it up: Chicken soup for the troubled soul.

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for me metal is a final frontier after all other genres have changed and been mutilated beyond recognition. I constantly try to imagine a genre of music heavier or more fulfilling than metal, and i cant bring anything to mind. In a way, its perfect. It helps me pass time, there's no other music i can listen to while doing nothing now. It makes me look forward to my evenings when i can sit down and just listen to my music.

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Well heaviness is relative I suppose. Personally I find the early forms of blues music far heavier then any metal I've yet heard. It's a music which came from oppression, humiliation and oppression which fortunately few more modern artists have had to experience. Everything about those early blues musicians and their work is heavy but in a different way. I can understand just sitting down and listening to metal though it's a favourite past time of mine.

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Metal is for me "just" a music. Yet music is very important in my life - as Nietzsche said "life without music would be a madness" :) Now I listen to a lot of music, not only metal (even if a latter is still my favourite genre). But of course when I was younger I was living with all that cliches - listening only to metal music, wearing black clothes etc.

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metal to me is the power house... i was once down to suicidal thoughts... the trooper by iron maiden made me shun away those thoughts...metal is the best thing that ever happened to me in this life and all my previous lives(if there were any) and forth coming lives(if there are any) metal to me is my god, my parent, my guide light, my source of happiness, my ego, my drug, my companion, the thing that touches some deep parts of my soul, its something which is constantly there even if the whole world fucked up for me,... and i can easily say... with metal on my side... i can fight the whole world... and win.. im nothing without metal... my nerves of metal.. with metal blood flowing in them... i preferred to take birth with ear phones listening to metal and banging my head in my mothers womb... but quite im possible... so next objective... die when im listening to metal... n wen im high on metal...

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To me one special thing about Metal is that it is brave, and willing to dig down to a gritty or twisted place and dredge up some primal emotion and shed light on it, or maybe just poke it with a stick. (the blues does this as someone on this thread said something about. Unfortunately I just can't like the blues try as I might) Anther thing about Metal is that it is the only music that makes me bellow at my car stereo while pumping my fist or horns in the air.

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