Corey Taylor Slams Metal Fans Intelligence Myth


(Metal Hammer) Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has slammed the misconception that people who listen to heavy metal are less intelligent than fans of other genres. The vocalist says there's plenty of proof that many "higher intellectuals" are metal fans.

Asked about the stereotype that says people into metal are not capable of intellectual thought, Taylor tells Spin: "I don't know who keeps perpetuating that stigma. I can probably send you links to eight different studies that show that higher intellectuals listen to heavy music when they study, find it stimulating, enjoy the challenge of listening to it."

One study that backs up Taylor's claim was carried out in 2008 by experts at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University. The professor who led the study, Adrian North, told the Guardian: "The general public has held a stereotype of heavy metal fans being suicidally depressed and a danger to themselves and society in general. But they are quite delicate things."

Explaining that metal fans are similar to people who listen to classical music, North added: "We think the answer is that both types of music, classical and heavy metal, have something of the spiritual about them. They're very dramatic - a lot happens." Read more here.

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