Being metal is a pretty complicated
affair. There's a lot to consider, how old are you? Do you like that schlocky
black metal crap? And so on. So: keeping that in mind lets get right down to it. I've decided to break this up into a few
sections, much as nofashionLou has done with his oh-so helpful guide to getting the scene gash.
Metal is more than just clothes: it's speech, mannerisms, and musicianship
too. I'll start off with what obviously matters most: how you look.
1)Hair. Grow that shit down to
your ass. If you stop it at your shoulders, your not being true, and we wouldn't want that. The only exception here is if
you're balding or have what I lovingly refer to as an Inverted Jew Fro: If either of those describes you, your only option
to is bic your head-sorry.
Hair lots of it! Look at pics of ZZ Top-those Texans had some beards. Thats what you want. If you have a job or
some bullshit like that there are a few other things you can try. Mutton chops
with a goat is always a fav of those trying to look not quite so ridiculous.
boots all the way. The king of the hill is definitely the German Tank Boot. WARNING! Don't cop out and get the American tank
boot if you can't find the kraut ones, thats a major faux-pas, and one that won't go unnoticed. Other good choices include
the jump boot (with ever so stylish zipper on the side), or, for a slightly more tame look, a pair of Docs. If you ever wear a pair of sneakers, you're out of the club.
4)Shirts. Black short sleeve t-shirts
only. -30 Degrees outside? Sounds like black t-shirt weather to me. Plain black
works for all occasions, but you can also rock a shirt of one of your favorite metal bands (which will be black by default)
as long as you keep your whits about you (no Vader shirts at a Decapitated show or vice-versa, and no Cannibal Corpse shirts,
* From now on, unless I say otherwise, just
assume its black..ok?*
5)Pants. Jeans or jean shorts are
the standard here, I mean, really-what self respecting metal guy is gonna wear a pair of khakis? Not too tight, not stupid
raver size either (read: big enough to not show your saggy ass, small enough to not look like a fuckin tard)
6)Accesorize! Leather chain wallets never go out of style, so go cop one, ya hear me?
If you wear glasses you gotta get
rid of 'em metal is all about bein tuff, and your emo-specs just dont scream "I'll eat your fuckin' kitten".
There is only one hat: its bright
pink and says "Stevie Teeezzze Gentleman's Club" on the front. It's pure trucker, and that place has some of the ugliest naked ladies
youll ever see.
If you wanna go for that gore-grind look (think Exhumed) you can rock the studded wristbands. Actually,don't: Gore-anything
is just lame.
Belts aren't that big of a deal.
A plain leather one will do fine, but you can always spice it up with a belt buckle from your favorite alcoholic beverage
Bullet casings-while they may be
in a bit of slump right now, this is the perfect opportunity to get in on them early. Wait a few months and you'll be ahead
of the times, not behind. Put them everywhere you can, just go crazy with it! Look at Goose-thats a fuckin bracelet of doom
Tattoos are cool, but its important
that they all be really shittily done: maybe get some guy that just got out of the klink to do it for you. Good ideas for
pieces: crucifix, pentagram, demon, pin up girls- combine them all and have a crucified demon with big tits put on you.
*So, you've got the clothes what's left? Well
it's obviously music, both what to listen to, and what to play*
are more different genres of metal than you can possibly imagine: death metal, gore metal, power metal, metal-core, grind,
grind-core, gore-grind, speed metal, thrash metal, black metal, power metal, death-grind... and the list goes on. Despite
the fact that they all sound exactly the same, they are each uniquely different.
describing a new album there are really only two adjectives you need to know. If the album is good you will describe it as
being really really technical, if its bad just claim that its too slow.
the size of your drumkit is directly related to both how big your dick is and how many virgins youve raped and killed. If
you dont have at least 40 or 50 cymbals you must be emo.
you will spend every last cent you earn on your guitar rig. It should take at
least an hour to get turned on, and sound like utter shit. The solution: spend
more money on it, making it take even longer to get set up, and if youre lucky, making it sound even worse.
players: we can't hear you, so just forget it.
vocalists should strive to sing so low that they make up for basically not having a bass player.
is always better. Always.
Now, not all of this fantastic advice is going to apply to you. One very common
exception: the old dude. He's always there, rockin' out, lookin' really like an old dude. Maybe you're at that point where
youre about ready to transition into that phase of your life (Looks at sfc). Well, if you are, here's some tips just for you
guys OVER 35 and still rockin':
blue jeans are totally key. Really tight.
The best is if you can get a brand which was high fashion about 15 to 20 years ago and cram your old cellulite filled
ass into 'em.
ever present Napalm Death shirt is a must. White is the choice color, but if black
is all ya got, then just roll with it
jeans aren't really your bag, then a nice pair of way too short soccer shorts should
do nicely: Umbro makes some nice ones, check 'em out.
4) Adidas sneaks are the hot new look this year, just as they were in 1983.
I think that about wraps it up for this
edition of How to Be Metal. Any additions, comments, questions, etc belongs in the guestbook.