Studies have suggested a link between listening to heavy metal and increased suicide risk or desensitisation to violence, but these have often failed to take account of outside factors, such as poor family relationships, drug abuse and feelings of alienation.
For example, extreme music genres, like heavy metal, appears to be great for reducing negative emotions and regulating anger and depression. Staving off these negative emotions will pay dividends for your brains ability to function at peak performance.
Findings from the study showed that heavy metal music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and help reduce feelings of anxiety. Volunteers were fitted with heart rate and blood pressure monitors as their health information was recorded throughout the study.
According to a new study conducted by the Vera Clinic, heavy metal is one of the best genres of music for improving your health. Findings from the study showed that heavy metal music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and help reduce feelings of anxiety.
Extreme Music and Anger Gowensmith and Bloom (1997) found that heavy metal fans did not show an increase in anger after listening to heavy metal music. In this study, heavy metal music was highly arousing to both fans and non-fans, and in fact, measured state-arousal was greater among heavy metal listeners.
They found that many heavy metal aficionados shared a particular pattern of personality traits. Enjoying heavy metal was also correlated with openness, possibly because people with more open personalities would be drawn to music that is “intense, engaging, and challenging,” as metal can be, the researchers write.
69% reported that they listen to extreme music to calm themselves down when feeling angry. 87% reported that even if the music had sad themes, it enhanced their happiness. For those that are drawn to it, it actually seems that metal music often has a cathartic effect.