A new study from the University of Queensland finds that listening to “extreme music” can positively affect music listeners. Leah Sharman, an honors student in the University of Queensland’s School of Psychology reports that:

We found the music regulated sadness and enhanced positive emotions. When experiencing anger, extreme music fans liked to listen to music that could match their anger. The music helped them explore the full gamut of emotion they felt, but also left them feeling more active and inspired. Results showed levels of hostility, irritability, and stress decreased after music was introduced, and the most significant change reported was the level of inspiration they felt."

Published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Sharman and lecturer Genevieve A. Dingle’s study is in direct contrast to previous dissertations that have been made linking heavy metal to delinquency, violence, and its fans to reputations of being "stupid, evil, irrelevant, or lame." Which is great. 

Considering all the good press heavy metal fans have gotten lately, now might be a good time to reconsider your bias on the genre. Fans of the genre are less likely to cheat on you (we've always had a bad feeling about jazz listeners tbh), are loyal music-streamers, and are good at working out their emotional issues, so maybe it's time you started dating a metalhead or at the very least started listening to more metal yourself. Just in time too since Iron Maiden announced that Book of Souls will be coming out in September, and Slayer just released a video for "Repentless," the new single off the new of the same name. This "feel good" doctor recommends you listen to both albums, and calling her the next morning.

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