A study has shown that "angry" music like metal can actually leave the listener feeling calm and happy.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem asked 175 people to role-play a confrontation after listening to music of their choice, that sounded either angry, happy or neutral.
While the people who chose angry music were more likely to complete the task, they were also found to have a stronger sense of well-being compared to people who actively avoided feeling unpleasant.
"Rather than seeking happiness at all times, it may be important to seek happiness at the right time," said Maya Tamir who worked on the project with Brett Ford. "Encouraging people to seek happiness and shun unhappiness irrespective of context may not necessarily be adaptive in the long run."
Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher reacted to the study in a piece at the Atlantic, basic king up a theory that metal musicians are generally cool and confident in their being.
"Most of the people I've met in this genre have been super cool people to me," he said. "Tom Araya from Slayer is one of the most laid-back, nicest, always-smiling guys. He plays [some of] the heaviest, most satanic music out there."
"When I go out to see my favorite band and I see somebody just shredding the guitar riffs I know, I just kind of laugh," he adds. "I have an overwhelming sense of happiness."
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