What drives heavy metal is a spirit—an attitude that addresses every area of your life. It’s the great angst behind every metal head sticking out their tongues and flashing with their hands the universal metal symbol: the devil horns.
It’s more than rebellion. Rock and roll was rebellious, but heavy metal dominates. In fact, heavy metal understands authority because heavy metal wants to rule! Not rule the world as some sort of dictatorship, but rule in life. Rule in the playing of an instrument; rule in the popularity of a band; or just plain ruling in work, relationships, or whatever goal you’ve set for yourself. When a headbanger sees something he likes, he says, “Dude, that rules!” That’s the spirit of metal.
People get high to psychedelic rock, because they want to “mellow out” and do nothing. That’s not metal. Heavy metal is about energy. It’s about moving forward. It’s about attacking something with brutality by feeding off the power of the music and the lyrics. You don’t “mellow out” to metal—you go out to “seek and destroy.”