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Does Heavy Metal Corrupt Youth Musical preferences are as diverse as the people who listen to it Different types of music have different reputations Heavy metal music is often labeled as negative Yet others find it a harmless form of music The argument presented in this paper will show that heavy metal music poses no threat to the well-being of its listeners Like other types of music such as jazz blues and even rap The distinct style of heavy metal music can be grouped into three main sections Ratliff 1 One popular style of heavy metal is death metal Death metal has a more dark sound and eerie style than other forms of heavy metal The music itself is fast heavy and loud The images that death metal portrays are death doom destruction suicide sex and drugs Some see these images as harmful or having a negative effect on the listener Halbersberg 1 Another form of heavy metal music is speed metal Speed metal has a more upbeat sound than death metal and is not as depressing as death metal It is fast paced and has a hard impact The lead guitar follows a frenetic pace This is in contrast to death metal which emphasizes rhythm guitar Graff 3 The last type of heavy metal music is thrash metal The name refers to both the thrashing sound of the music and the flailing movement of its listeners The sound is very lo ud and has the same tone and style of speed metal Graff 3 These styles however attract certain people The majority of people who listen to heavy metal music are suburban white males These males range in ages between 14-24 They have a certain style of dress and way of life They wear dark clothing with morbid images of death and destruction This clothing can be seen to be a costume that advertises the teens musical preference It is a
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