If you’re an older LGBT single, have you been tempted by dating sites? After all, LGBT people are twice as likely to socialize online compared to anyone else. The digital environment is perfect for interacting with other singles sharing your interests. Say you’re a metalhead. Algorithms will point you towards other site members who love headbanging! On mature lesbian dating platforms you will be able to enter different chat rooms where you can engage in friendly conversations about metal music. You could develop a rapport by discussing interesting topics. How about the top five LGBT metal artists, and their influence on culture?
Metal music is characterized by an often dizzying array of subcategories and offshoots. One particular example of these multiple niches would be ‘doom metal,’ a shattering fusion of dense riffs and equally ear-pulverising rhythms. On top of this unflinching wall of noise, the lyrics often deal with potent subjects, such as apathy or resistance. Vile Creature are Canadian metal exponents who relish churning out this form of music. But what makes them especially interesting is that they are a duo who identify as non-binary. Their well-received debut album, Glory Glory! Apathy Took Helm was praised for its majestic and strident melodies, serving as a call to arms for people of all identities.
Heavy metal music has long been saddled with stereotypes. Typically, it features unreconstructed males bragging about satisfying groupies, or fixating on topics that sound best when the lyrics are growled from deep within, like mythology or post-apocalyptic warfare. The Australian transgender female Xandra M Has found metal to be the ideal platform for dealing with LGBT inclusivity. One positive aspect of most metal music is that it seeks to question the mainstream, and in doing so, provides an outlet for those individuals who have always felt cut adrift. Her debut album, entitled ‘The Origin of my Depression’ is a striking example of how metal has been embraced by the LGBT Community.
Another aspect of metal music that has enabled it to cross barriers has been the ease with which it has absorbed other influences. There has long been a crossover between heavy metal and rap, typified by the ‘nu metal’ scene of the 90s. Backxwash, from Montreal in Canada, produced a captivating album in 2020 entitled, ‘God Has Nothing to Do with This, Leave Him Out of It.’ Sampling the original godfathers of metal, Black Sabbath, the industrial noise is skillfully merged with more upbeat rapping. This provides the perfect vehicle for her energetic music, defying the prejudices her community often face.
It would be worth mentioning one of the prime exponents of the original heavy metal wave, Judas Priest. They might have originated alongside Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Saxon, and other confrontational, black-clad English metal bands a few decades back, but lead singer Rob Halford proudly came out as queer in the 1990s. While some metal music has been used to issue hate speech in the past, wallowing in the homophobia often associated with loud and aggressive music, Halford made it known he had no time for aggressive machismo.
A Stick and a Stone
Originating in Oregon on America’s Pacific coastline, vocalist/composer A Stick and a Stone (Elliott Miskovicz) recently released an album called ‘Versatile.’ The subject matter covers transgender issues right across the board, from love and desire to death and despair. The music is heavily textured, while Elliott’s lyrics are impassioned. A transgender man, he opted to take low testosterone so his vocal delivery would not be impeded. He has stated he can express himself through any instrument, microphone or otherwise!