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Death metal music inspires joy not violence, study shows

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:08 AM PT


Bloodbath band
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The latest installment of a decades-long investigation into the emotional effects of music concludes that death metal music inspires "joy and empowerment," not violence, as is traditionally assumed.

According to the BBC, the study was conducted within the music lab of Australian university Macquarie University. Researchers used a psychological test called "binocular rivalry," in this instance comparing emotional reactions to "Eaten," an explicit track by Swedish death metal band Bloodbath, with those inspired by the Pharrell Williams hit, "Happy."

The test featured 80 participants, 48 of whom were described as non-fans of death metal. Lead researcher Yanan Sun said the experiment was designed to "measure how much participants' brains noticed violent scenes, and to compare how their sensitivity was affected by the musical accompaniment."

Results suggest that fans of death metal are not desensitized to violence or violent imagery.

"[Death metal] fans are nice people," Macquarie psychology professor Bill Thompson told the BBC. "They're not going to go out and hurt someone."

"The dominant emotional response to this music is joy and empowerment," said Thompson added. "And I think that to listen to this music and to transform it into an empowering, beautiful experience - that's an amazing thing."

You can read more about the study and its findings here.


[via Loudwire]


23 comments


anonymous
8 days ago
Sumptin' stinnnnkkkkkssss

8 days ago
lol is it 1999? this makes me want to join the PMRC

anonymous
8 days ago
Death metal gives me serious frrrts

anonymous
7 days ago
marching_band_rules
32 minutes ago
lol is it 1999? this makes me want to join the PMRC

PMRC was in the 80's dipshit

anonymous
7 days ago
This is what non toxic masculinity sounds like

anonymous
7 days ago
While Korn's "Freak On A Leash" greatly helped me process witnessing gun violence at eight years old a few years after...I still struggle being around people overall.

anonymous
7 days ago
Everyone knows that violent retards listen to rap.

7 days ago
marching_band_rules
32 minutes ago
lol is it 1999? this makes me want to join the PMRC

PMRC was in the 80's dipshit


the debate about the effect of metal music on individuals was very hot post-columbine, and the grandstanding represented by this article also reached its peak at that time. pmrc line wasn't connected to the date.

anonymous
7 days ago
marching_band_rules
32 minutes ago
lol is it 1999? this makes me want to join the PMRC

PMRC was in the 80's dipshit


the debate about the effect of metal music on individuals was very hot post-columbine, and the grandstanding represented by this article also reached its peak at that time. pmrc line wasn't connected to the date.

^^^^^^

1985 = senate hearings
1999 = Bill O'Reilly

Go finish high school.

anonymous
7 days ago
yeah! to high school to learn about bills oreally!

so flippin PWND

anonymous
7 days ago
thats because most death metal fans don't even move at shows. they can barely bare to nod their heads. you old fcks should just retire from going to shows.

anonymous
7 days ago
marching_band_rules
32 minutes ago
lol is it 1999? this makes me want to join the PMRC

PMRC was in the 80's dipshit


the debate about the effect of metal music on individuals was very hot post-columbine, and the grandstanding represented by this article also reached its peak at that time. pmrc line wasn't connected to the date.

^^^

Nice back pedal, bro.

anonymous
7 days ago
My friend danced naked in a mosh pit in Philly once. Someone in the crowd yelled out,"Ew, You can see that guys ding dong,"

anonymous
7 days ago
Study shows that Bloodbath only enjoyed by cheerful pussies.

anonymous
7 days ago
These "studies" are just ways to generate clickbait headlines and nothing else. They always use the "accessible" death metal songs with simple structures like Morbid Angel's "God of Emptiness", Decapitated "Spheres of Madness" or Cannibal Corpse's "Hammer Smashed Face" to do these tests, as if they think the genre is a novelty.

7 days ago
marie kondo my life up with some blast beats yo

anonymous
7 days ago
impending doom is stoked?

anonymous
7 days ago
"Biggita biggita biggita biggita FUHFUHFUHFUHFUHFUHFUHFUH URRRRF" inspires joy.

anonymous
7 days ago
no shit

anonymous
7 days ago
yeah! to high school to learn about bills oreally!

so flippin PWND

^^^^^

Is that how you interpreted that statement?

fck high school. Go back to the first grade.

anonymous
7 days ago
Deadbeat dads inspire their children to resent them regardless of what "seminal" upstate metalcore band their father sang for.

Midget hard gay, lying cheater kicked out of his band.

anonymous
7 days ago
should i consider my ex or her uncles pedos?

anonymous
5 days ago
anonymous2 days ago
While Korn's "Freak On A Leash" greatly helped me process witnessing gun violence at eight years old a few years after...I still struggle being around people overall.


you must be fun at parties.




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