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How is metal music related to classical music?

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At first I never understood how classical is related to metal. But then I searched and found this. Jon Lord was a classically trained keyboardist. I mean pianist. Then in the mid 60s he started to experiment it. Then he met Rictchie Blackmore. Back then Ritchie Blackmore was a pop guitarist. read more

Classical music in the Renaissance Era was a major influence to Heavy Metal Music. It all started in 1969 when Black Sabbath’s bassist Geezer Butler was heavy into occult, he also was an avid listener of the classical music. read more

Furthermore alot of metalheads think it gives them some kind of "intellectual cred" to listen to classical music, elevating them firmly above the great unwashed who listen to "inferior" genres like rap and pop. Every classical forum has the token metalhead who tries to convince everybody of the artistic genius of metal music, lol. read more

Long stereotyped as violent and even Satanic, heavy metal music and its fans have an unfortunate history of alienation and intolerance from mainstream culture. But it seems all those years of negative press are totally in the wrong: Classical fans and metal fans are scientifically proven to have identical psychological profiles. read more

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