This post is a two-fer. Part 2 concerns the photo above and the story in UK’s The Independent that it accompanied. But first, Part 1: Elise over at the excellent Reign in Blonde site put up an initial list of 2010 winter/spring tours rolling through the NYC area that she’s stoked about, and asked “What’s on your calendar?” On our NW METAL CALENDAR page, we’ve got a pretty complete list of tours scheduled for touch-down in the Seattle area so far, and here are a few I’m particularly psyched about:
JAN 26: Hypnose, Revocation, Binary Code
JAN 27: Nile, Immolation, Krisiun
FEB 6: Arch Enemy, Exodus, Arsis, Mutiny Within
APR 21: Finntroll, Moonsorrow, Swallow the Sun, Survivors Zero
Gonna be some serious headbanging at those shows.
Now for Part 2: A year ago The Independent reported the results of a psychological survey of 36,000 music lovers. (OK, yeah, it’s old news, but I just saw the story.) The survey showed a definite correlation between people’s personality traits and the style of music they enjoy. Check it out:
Fans of indie music, for instance, were found to have low self-esteem and little motivation, but described themselves as creative. Rap enthusiasts, on the other hand, tend to think a lot of themselves and are extremely outgoing. . . . But the study’s most remarkable discovery is that refined lovers of classical music share a high number of personality traits with those who prefer rocking out to heavy metal.
And here is the study’s summary of classical and metal lovers’ personality traits:
Classical: Classical music lovers have high self-esteem, are creative and at ease with themselves, but not outgoing.
Heavy metal: Very creative and at ease with themselves, but not very outgoing or hard-working.
Kinda cool right up til the end, huh?