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.
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