In Unsurprising News, Study Finds That Metal Music Doesn't Make You More Violent

Shock horror


Ben Madden

14 March 2019

Ben Madden

Article heading image for In Unsurprising News, Study Finds That Metal Music Doesn't Make You More Violent

A new study from Macquarie University has demonstrated that heavy metal music doesn't lead to violence, or a lack of empathy.

The study showed 32 metal fans and 48 non-metal fans violent and non-violent imagery, while listening to metal/non-metal music.

The results found that those listening to heavy metal weren't more frequently drawn to the violent imagery.

In an interview with BBC News, Macquarie University professor Bill Thompson praised metal fans.

“The majority of death-metal fans are intelligent, thoughtful people who just have a passion for the music,” he says. “It’s the equivalent of people who are obsessed with horror movies or even battle re-enactments.”

The news comes after the success of Download Festival, which saw 40,000 fans descend on Sydney and Melbourne to enjoy the likes of Slayer, Judas Priest, Anthrax and many more. 

For all that matters in rock news this week:

To catch up on all the latest rock news, make sure you download the Triple M app on iTunes or Google Play!

Listen Live!