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.