I think I'm right in saying that, on average, there are more role players who like metal music than in the general population at large. At least judging by the groups I've gamed with in the past and from the role playing blogosphere - which seems like a veritable hotbed of metal fans.
This makes me feel alienated. I hate metal.
Now, I like hard rock, and hardcore, and grunge. My favourite band were The Smashing Pumpkins (I don't count their latest album, or the one before it actually) and I grew up listening to Dinosaur Jr., Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney. It's not an issue with the heavyness. It's just all that screaming, grunting and hair. It's not for me.
But I wonder where the association between metal and gaming comes from. Gamers are by and large an imaginative bunch. Do metal bands also help to scratch that itch, with their songs named after Tolkien characters who live in Mordor and their ranting on about death, doom and destruction? But if that's the case, why wouldn't classical music, which plays with the imagination even more, be a popular choice?
The simple answer might just be that gamers tended to be the 'uncool' kids in school and 'uncool' kids listen to a certain type of music. They like rebellious, moody and resentful sounding music because they are generally rebellious, moody and resentful themselves. And you don't get much more rebellious, moody and resentful sounding than Pantera or Slayer.
I know metal-loving gamers read this blog. So spill the beans. Is there a connection between metal and gaming, and why does it exist?