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Here is the true defintion.

The most important fact about a metal head is a person who is dedicated to the music. Not just classic metal or thrash or death metal. Nu Metal is metal to. I listen to all kinds of music death metal, thrash metal, and even Nu Metal. You people who are saying that Korn or Limp Bizkit are not true metal bands are not true metal heads so much as closed minded people who are afraid of change.

Another important part of being a metal head is you have to be a loner and only hang out with other metal heads. They can often be aggressive from being isolated from the rest of the world. However, they're very friendly towards fellow metal heads. They are not always likely to win in a fight like some have said. Many are wimps from sitting inside and listening to music or playing their instruments all day.

Many metal heads have longer hair but it's not a necessity. Leather is also not necissary and I prefer to not have it. Some heads wear clothes that are a little darker (not goth but similar) but again, it's not necisarry.

Gestures include swinghead back and forth with the rhythm of music which has been mentioned. But you guys forgot one important gesture. Devils horns. Index finger and pinky extended into the air.

Metal heads also have to be rebels. They do whatever they want whenever they want but they are not always lawless. They are much less likely to kill people than a rapper.
Ozzy Osbourne
James Hetfield
Johnathon Davis
Chester Bennington
Me and my crew.
by Okita-Kun August 04, 2005
 
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someone who listens to metal and dresses in the style, ie band t-shirt, long hair, jeans (any, from baggy to tight)
metal rules!
yeah, metal!
by The Cuntsaw October 23, 2003
 
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a metal head,or headbangeris a person who listens to and loves heavy metal. Not just because its cool, its our way of life. we can be found anywhere from local undergroud shows to world wide metal festavles like wacken. Most metal heads have long hair or shaved heads,wear black band tee's and jeans/cargo pants,but just because you dont dress that way doesnt mean your not metal.most metal heads dispize slipknot and hate scenekids and love circlepits.alot of metal heads are quite and might seem scary,but if you get to know them they are way nicer then they look,that is unless you insult a band or musician infront of them.(you dont want to get on there bad side).
"hey look at that badass metal head beating the shit out of that scene kid in the pit."
by jake brooks February 23, 2008
 
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A metalhead is a human male OR female who listens to (heavy) metal music. Metalheads are not characterized by the way they look; rather, they are characterized by the music they listen to. Most metalheads enjoy attending metal concerts and participating in activities such as moshing, headbanging, crowd surfing, etc. during these shows.

Metalheads tend to dislike or despise mainstream music because it usually defies what they stand for. They also tend to dislike people who are closed-minded, stereotypes, and especially the belief that metalheads are drunk, high, or Satanists. They often enjoy metal because of its unadhering, free, wild, I-don't-give-a-fuck lyrics and sound.

Metalheads also tend to listen to not ALL kinds of metal, but certain subgenres. They may also bash other subgenres of metal that they dislike or see as “rivals”. There are many different subgenres of metal.

A stereotypical metalhead will often wear boots, denim, band shirts, long hair, leather, band patches, and generally ratty clothing. Metalheads can also dress glamorously. Many metalheads are difficult to pick out from the general population because they look very similar or look the same as other humans.

Metalheads are not:
- Emos
- Goths
- Rivetheads (though they may be considered to be similar)
- Satanists (USUALLY)
- Stupid (USUALLY)
- Addicted to drugs (USUALLY)
- Alcoholics (USUALLY)

The following examples are all fictional.
Aleksi (m): 24-year-old Finnish university student with an interest in the occult. Listens to bands such as Epica, Kamelot, After Forever, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Nightwish, etc.

Catrina (f): 16-year-old high school student who watches Metalocalypse and is a dedicated listener to all kinds of metal, especially death metal and thrash metal. Listens to Cannibal Corpse, Death, Anthrax, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Possessed, and Children of Bodom.

Lucifer (m): 19-year-old Norwegian black metal musician and high school dropout who is part of a metal band and regularly attends black metal shows. Listens to Mayhem, Burzum, Emperor, Darkthrone, and Dimmu Borgir.

Nina (f): poser attempting to capitalize on the metalhead image. Only listens to nu-metal bands such as Linkin Park, System of a Down, Korn, and Slipknot. Calls herself a metalhead when she's actually not.
by TheLaihoist June 10, 2010
 
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metal head
ANYONE who listens to and loves real metal regardless of how they dress or act or fight. "Metal Head" talks about ones music interests and not their personality.
metal head: one who listens to metal
ie: the creater of the documentry, "Metal: A Headbanger's Journy"
by LPATR October 02, 2006
 
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considerening now,because of all these different but very good subgenres of metal, i don't even know anymore!!!it is used to describe the dedicated and true metal fan.sadly we now judge some person just because they like slipknot.look im a fan of all metal genres and i just need to say it:we have turned against each other. in the very begining it was about the music & fandom & that was all.Now we are all in disarray,pitted against one and other.heavy,nu,traditional, or whatever other subgenres that came into the picture,deep down all thesegenres end with one word: METAL!
as long as you love the music, appreciate ALL the subgenres,and let the music flow through you,you are a metalhead.
by Nick F#$&ING gonzales July 24, 2006
 
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To first understand a metalhead one has to understand that there are people who listen to metal and then there are people that live it as if it is their purpose for existing. The most important thing in their life is metal, music, and living the lifestyle. If you are someone that just listens to metal and doesn't truly understand the nature of a metalhead then you do not fit into this category.

Metalheads are often loner anti-social types. Though some are lazy and uneducated, this does not go for many Metalheads who follow the ethos of strength and perserverence. Many older metalheads have lived a life being picked on and looked down upon, thus they tend to hit the gym and take up different fighting courses despite what many people believe. Otherwise, they're just born tough. They tend to work common working class jobs such as retail at Sears or Wal*Mart working in the back, or at warehouses loading and shipping equipment. Usually they'll go for a job that doesn't entitle the need for dealing with customers as Metalheads tend to pretty much hate everyone that isn't metal...unless you're an attractive broad that they desire, and then they pretend to like you so that they can get in your pants.

Though anti-social, metalheads above all other forms of sub-culture tend to flock towards their brothers in metal. Your rank and merit within their counter-culture is based on your knowledge and dedication to the music. If you are a flake that just likes to listen to the band you are probably on the outskirts of the metal heiarchy. If you spend hours a day getting into the music, becoming part of the lifestyle by being in a band, supporting your local scene and knowing your share of metal scene in general, then you gain a lot of merit.

Despite popular belief, metalheads do not look down on gangstas and rappers more than anything. They all tend to have one thing in common when it comes to hatred: their hatred for false metal and posuers who listen to false metal. Slipknot, KoRn, Disturbed, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Papa Roach, amongst other Nu-Metal and Alternative bands are classified as false metal. Wearing all black and wearing make-up can quickly classify you as a false metalhead as well (unless you're doing it simply because you're black metal aka kvlt). In fact, many true metalheads will hate you no matter what or who you like just for mentioning you like Slipknot on basic principle. Simply put: Metalheads are militiant territorial and very openy biased toward any music or fans that they feel are encroching on their 'turf'. To quote one metalhead in particular:

"In these times of heavy music most people under the age of twenty are pretty ignorant when it comes to metal. There are many that like the core bands like Priest, Maiden, Venom, etc, etc, but a lot of these people aren't true metalheads either. Sadly, most don't even listen to these core bands. We are plauged by false metalheads that run around with their stupid hair dos and make up and they are blasphemizing what metal truly is and stands for. When some kid that has no idea thinks metal is just a bunch of pussy kids that complain about their life and preach to Satan and smoke pot all day then I blame these pathetic fuckers that are ruining what made metal great. Besides, everyone knows that metalheads are more likely to be alcoholics then stoners. Unless you're listening to Saint Vitus or Electric Wizard or something."

Metalheads tend to dress casuly. Denim jeans (black or blue), a band t-shirt, sneakers or boots, and a leather jacket or denim vest with patches of your favorite bands are the quintesential metal attire. In recent years camoflaughed pants, beige green khaikis, and flannel have been accepted as metal attire. Many metalheads have at least one leather bracelet spiked or unspiked to go with their outfit. Patches and pins are a major part of a metalhead's attire. The patched and pinned jacket goes a long way within the metal community. More so than a t-shirt that expresses a person's interest in one particular band, the jacket shouts out who and what you stand for because several bands can be added to the jacket. Some fans only have one or a few patches, but many go to great lengths and take up several hours looking for patches and pins. These people consider the jacket a part of them, and tend to take it with them everywhere.

Metalheads tend to keep to natural hair color and prefer tattoos over piercings and other forms of body modifaction. They either grow their hair very long or simply shave it all off. Metalheads with short hair are rare, and if they do have short hair they are in the midst of growing it. Many metalheads look down on people with colored or fancy designed hair, as this is a sign that they listen to false metal. Remember, being a fan of false metal is a HUGE no-no. You can be the nicest person on the Earth and it won't mean a damn thing. False metal is for posuers, and all fakes deserve to be killed.

Metalheads are quiet and tend not to get involved with others problems. They are not very trusting and tend not to care for anything outside their own little world. They are often anti-religious and against many forms of politics, but this does not mean they are not political.

At shows, true metalers tend to prefer to be in the front row so that they can headbang to their favorite act or throw up the horned salute or a fist. Because of the blasphemization of the horns many metalers do not recognize it's use as a call sign. It has in recent years been replaced with a simple fist or "the claw". At shows metalers also have different formats of dancing. This was originaly circle pitting, skanking, and stage diving, but the immature nature of 1990's nu-metal has incorperated several other forms of moshing. Many true metalheads think that moshing is at it's best: silly. Nu-metal fans would argue otherwise, but remember that they do not have a credible opinion because they like nu-metal.

They are very rebellious and place metal above all things. They will lose their job just to see a show that reeks of krieg (slang term used by metalheads to define something that is metal, great, etc) or lose their home because they're more interested in buying cd's and musical equipment. If you've lost your girlfriend because you spend too much time with your instruments then you're probably a true metalhead. If you've never even bothered with woman because you scare them all away with your hostility and your obsession with music then you are true metal.
Example of Important Metalheads: Phil Anselmo, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Billy, Eric Adams, Glen Danzig

Example of true metal bands: Pantera, Vio-lence, ManOwar, Judas Priest, TestAmenT, Sadus, Sodom,
by Metal Jesus May 01, 2006
 
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My opinion of what a metalhead really is: a person who is a dedicated fan of metal music. And I mean ALL types of metal. Whether it be nu-metal, metalcore, deathcore, black metal, heavy metal, symphonic metal, death metal, thrash metal, Swedish metal, hell, even folk metal from different countries like South Africa.

You don't have to have long hair, wear black all the time, and whatever. Metal should be a way of thinking and a way of life, not who is more of a "true" metalhead because they don't listen to Slipknot because they are nu-metal and that equals fail. You should be glad they are listening to Slipknot which is some form of metal, instead of Fall Out Boy or something.

True Metalheads learn to appreciate ALL FORMS/SUB-GENRES OF METAL. Being glad that at lease they are listening to metal, and also teach the newbies who honestly want to learn new metal bands and learn to love Metal and at lease appreciate ALL of its Sub-genres.

Also metalheads should accept other metalheads from different backgrounds, whether race, color, creed, religion, culture or whatever country your from. We are one big brotherhood and we all love metal, and that should be good enough!

BE GLAD THE NEWBIES LIKE METAL.
Cause alot of us may have well started with those bands way back then.
Metalheads should be open to or have some sort of respect for the sub-genres of metal, because they all cam from other Heavy Metal bands. And one should be glad they are listening to some sort of metal instead of mainstream crap.

But it doesn't rule out you can nicely correct the newbies for their mistakes in the wrong genres for the band and so on.
They have to be corrected to learn.
by Elegy April 21, 2010