A person who listens to metal music. Almost all metalheads are white and male, although they can of course be any race or gender.
One common feature of almost all true metalheads is a disdain for "fake metal" genres, that are often considered to be metal by the rest of society, such as nu-metal
(e.g. Korn, Slipknot, Linkin Park), metalcore
(e.g. Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Bullet for my Valentine) and screamo
(e.g. Alexisonfire, The Used, Underoath). Metalheads tend to consider such genres immature, referring to them as "mallcore
". Metalheads usually hate to be erroneously associated with these types of music. Metalheads also hate to be associated with goths
Other common features among metalheads tend to be black clothes, long hair, beards, tattoos, piercings and band tees. However most metalheads agree that it is not fashion, but passion for music, that defines a metalhead.
Drugs are not integral to metalhead culture, though the vast majority drink alcohol and a lot also smoke weed, while a smaller number do harder drugs.
Metalheads tend to be very intelligent people, with a lot actually being quite nerdy. They're generally not violent, except when moshing
(an aggressive form of dancing) at concerts.
At British universities, metalheads tend to congregate at so-called "Rocksocs". That is to say, "Rock Societies" or "Rock and Metal Societies".