Are metal fans happier and more well-adjusted than those of other genres? A report in Self And Identity journal, titled ‘The Life Experiences ANd Mid-Life Functioning Of 1980’s Heavy Metal Groupies, Musicians and Fans’ makes this claim.

It admits “metal enthusiasts did often experience traumatic and risky ‘sex, drugs, and rock and-roll’ lives”, generally “the metalhead identity also served as a protective factor against negative outcomes. Social support is a crucial protective factor for troubled youth.

Fans and musicians alike felt a kinship in the metal community, and a way to experience heightened emotions with like-minded people.

Earlier University of Queensland research suggested that metal and punk music could have a positive effect on a listener by diluting their anger.

Source: Mixdown


A study commissioned by the Federal Government found that between March and May 2015, 43% of Australians who access the internet downloaded pirated material.

This amounted to 254 milliln of music tracks, 95 million movies, 82 million television programs and 9 million video games. of the 2630 Australians surveyed who admitted to accessing pirated content, 48% pirtaed for ovies, 37% for music, 33% TV programs and 22% for video games.

Only 21% said will stop if they got a warning from their ISP’s, leading consumer rights group Choice to point out that the upcoming ‘three strikes’ law is pointless.

In other findings, 39% would stop if content was cheaper, 38% if more content was available, and 38% if these were available in Australia at the same time they were released overseas.

The study also proved what the digital industry has been saying: that Australian infringers consumed a mix of legal and illegal content to test what to buy in the future, and that during March to May, tended to spend more on content than those who only bought legally.