Apparently MetalGate is a new thing. Much like GamerGate, where gamers who just wanted to be left alone rebelled against heavy-handed PC warriors who were trying to change their thing, here heavy metal listeners are reacting to liberal PC warriors attempting to insinuate themselves into the metal scene, apparently largely by inhabiting its websites and pushing kinder-and-gentler bands.
Here is another good article on the subject.
A linked article within the first article I linked above reveals that apparently some people believe that heavy metal is a bastion of “deep-seated conservative values.” I would not go so far as to call heavy metal conservative. Heavy metal is anti-authoritarian, anti-establishment and masculine, being as it is the genre of testosterone addled young males of the contrarian sort.
I am a child of the 80s, when metal was a big deal, so I am speaking more from my experience with it then. Because it was big at the time, it likely was more prone to attract dabblers and poseurs. Now that it is more of a niche genre that likely has to be sought out, I suspect this anti-authoritarian, masculine dynamic is likely more true. I’m not all that up on the modern music scene, so I could be wrong.
Being anti-authoritarian and anti-establishment is not inherently conservative, but since our modern authority and establishment is unrelentingly liberal, it can be functionally so. I would describe metal as illiberal as is rap. And being masculine and contrarian, it is unlikely to take crap from PC thought policers.
This anti-establishment and anti-authority bent is what made heavy metal clash with traditional values Christians in the 80’s. I have never been a fan of metal, even in its heyday, even though I had some friends who liked it. I didn’t find it pleasant to listen too. It’s not the type of music you can listen to and chill. It hypes you up. That is its purpose. I’ve never wanted to be hyped up after a hard days work. I want to relax, but that’s just me. And I also think that its Christian critics were correct in that it was deliberately subversive of Christianity. And while I don’t doubt that a lot of that was more show than real, I still think there were a lot of stupid and vulnerable kids who got sucked up by all of it.
But while Christianity was a reigning authority to be anti-ed in the 80s with its buzz kill message of no drugs and no sex before marriage, Christianity is in cultural retreat these days so heavy metal finds itself at odds with the even more militantly puritanical enforcers of rightthink. I’m willing to consider the metal heads allies against a common enemy. We can go our own ways once the Cathedral (Steve Sailer thinks the Megaphone is a better term for it) is destroyed.
A couple of more thoughts. One would be forgiven for thinking that there may be a coordinated effort going on here to identify holdouts against the Megaphone and infiltrate them, since what is happening in metal appears to be very similar to the early stages of gamer infiltration, especially the focus on fan websites.
I interested in Hawthorne’s thoughts, since he is more of a fan.