The Psychology of Heavy Metal Music Essay

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Does heavy metal music have effects on society? Many people love listening to this kind of music and they love going to concerts where these bands are playing. Going to concerts and listening to music is the whole part of the music industry. If fans did not go to concerts, then musicians would not be able to make money and be successful. Many people love listening to heavy metal music; however, some people think that it could lead to violence, depression, and self- loathing.
There have been numerous events in society where heavy metal musicians have been blamed for the events that took place. Musicians have been blamed in school shootings and other events that have caused tragedy or discomfort in the world. The lyrical content of
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Ozzy was writing the song to tell kids that alcohol is not as safe as they think it is. After these incidents of suicides, “people were forced to now take a look at the family life instead of the actual music” (Osbourne). Ozzy had to go to court because of tragedies to explain the lyrical content of the song. He was not charged in any of the cases. It would have been ridiculous if he had been charged. It is not his fault for people to misinterpret the meaning of his songs. Some people do not listen to the lyrics closely. Some just listen to the music and do not follow along with the lyrics. “Heavy metal music has been a source of criticism ever since its’ birth in the late nineteen eighties” (Coss). Many people criticize this type of music because there is anger shown in the lyrics. Although the lyrics can be controversial at times, there is no evidence saying that heavy metal music causes violence. “Its’ controversial lyrics and harsh sounds have made it the target of much blame for psychological and behavioral problems in teenagers” (Coss). Parents of teenagers now and in past decades have worried about their kids listening to this kind of music. Most parents do not want their kids to listen to this kind of music; they are afraid that the music will lead to devastating effects in society. Another reason why parents do not like heavy metal music is that the music is extremely loud and ear shattering. Most people over
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