But the most recent research shows that long-term exposure to violent death metal music does not generally desensitise its fans to violence, as many people have assumed. What the research reveals is that death metal fans cannot be stereotyped as violent, Thompson says. This work is part of a larger project on violence in music, funded by the Australian Research Council and involving researchers from Australia, Canada, Norway, the US and China.
Although Eminem and other rappers have attracted a great deal of attention for violent song lyrics, most of the public attention about the impact of media violence on youth has been on movies, TV and video games. Since kids often listen to music while doing other activities, it is possible that violent lyrics are not as influential as visual media. On the other hand, favorite songs may be listened to hundreds of times, and can have a strong emotional impact.
The claim that listening to extreme music causes anger, and expressions of anger such as aggression and delinquency have yet to be substantiated using controlled experimental methods. Results showed that ratings of PANAS hostility, irritability, and stress increased during the anger induction, and decreased after the music or silence. Heart rate increased during the anger induction and was sustained not increased in the music condition, and decreased in the silence condition.
These are external links and will open in a new window. I've had one desire since I was born; to see my body ripped and torn. The lyrics of death metal band Bloodbath's cannibalism-themed track, Eaten, do not leave much to the imagination. But neither this song - nor the gruesome lyrics of others of the genre - inspire violence.
For a long time, most academic studies of metal were as dark and foreboding as the songs appeared to be. Whether First Ladies were using emotional language to warn a nation about its vulnerable children or psychologists were using scholarly language to do essentially the same thing, the message was that this was entertainment for impressionable deviants. The mainstream media has played a large part in sensationalizing stories about troubled young people who happened to be fans of a particular unrespectable genre, although this has clearly been tinged with a kind of confirmation bias.
A concert held by the group "Guns N' Roses" July 2, in St Louis, Missouri ended when the enraged mob of youths staged a riot, resulting in 60 of their numbers being injured. The journal Rolling Stone informed that the participants in this concert, "developed into a furious uncontrollable mob, hurling bottles, destroying seats, ripping apart bushes, breaking and setting fire to instruments This riot continued for over an hour before a squad of special police arrived to restore order.
Accusations that the Columbine killers were influenced by Marilyn Manson's music were found to be false. Judas Priest, Marilyn Manson and Black Sabbath are just some of the household metal names to have come under public fire for supposedly inciting teenagers to commit murder and suicide. It's a fire the international media has been happy to flame, quick to draw links between various acts of savagery and heavy metal even if, as in the case of the Columbine shootings and Marilyn Manson, evidence points to the contrary.
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