After spending most of my teenage years hating metal and other heavy music genres, I’ve finally started to acquire a taste for harder riffs and cheesy wailing vocals. I always had friends who liked bands like System of a Down and Rage Against The Machine, and now I can look on that kind of music nostalgically and with legitimate enjoyment instead of dismissal and disdain. I’ve also found that I like a lot of 80’s heavy metal stuff like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Dio.
The problem I’m finding, though, is that there seems to be a lack of ethnic and gender diversity in the Metal scene, as well as other heavier music genres. I can’t shake the feeling that all the metal bands I’ve found and enjoy are headed by white, mostly middle-class males. As much as I enjoy it, I come away thinking, “What do you people have to be angry about?”
The Metal community especially has always carried this image to me, and the combo of a kind of pretentious exclusivity to the genre and very outward-facing masculinity certainly can’t be helping.
Surely there’s got to be some good metal or punk music by people of colour or women or queer people, right? Especially in today’s political climate, I can’t help but feel there’s a gap here.
Does anyone have any recommendations for bands that fit the bill here? Or any thoughts on the topic?