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Researchers Uncover the Surprisingly Soothing Effects of Heavy Metal

Listening to aggressive music doesn’t just psych us up, it can help calm us down, as well.

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It’s something most metal heads have known for years, but new research out of the University of Queensland, Australia, suggests that loud, aggressive music can actually have a calming effect on people experiencing bouts of anger or sadness (although the same might not be said about anyone else within earshot). The study’s conclusions fly in the face of those who would automatically link aggressive music to subsequently aggressive behavior, suggesting instead that what we might choose to listen to—and why—may, in fact, be a much more textured neurological question.

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2016 Presidential Hopefuls Get A Black Metal Makeover

A satanic rebranding of America’s next potential president.

Lincoln Chafee has never looked cooler.


Sure, Shephard Fairey’s 2008 Obama “Hope” logo was iconic—but was it metal? Recently Fast Co.Design decided that the 2016 race, already somewhat of a snoozer, lacked any real aesthetic oomph. In a stroke of brilliance, they commissioned venerated graphics designer Christophe Szpajdel to rebrand 11 presidential candidate’s logos, ranging from Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders, with black metal makeovers. According to Fast Co, “Szpadjel has spent the past 40 years distilling the complex socio-political platforms of over 7,000 black metal bands like Fistula, Arcturus, Old Man's Child, and Moonspell down to single, indelible wordmarks—albeit ones that usually contain a bloody Pentagram or an upside down cross somewhere in the design.” The results are hilarious (can you imagine Marco Rubio getting down to some Emperor?) and a fun spin on a race that already feels like it’s been going on for ages.

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Metalhead Ballerinas Rock the U.K.

Brutal Ballet slayed U.K. audiences last week with the debut of original choreography set to a metal cover of the Game of Thrones themesong.

Bridie Mayfield is a ballerina, she’s also more metal than you.

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