Playlist: Heavy Metal as a Comfort Food and a Security Blanket

  • Axl Rosenberg

Despite some lively commentary on social media, the metal world, like the rest of the world, is clearly still reeling from the results of yesterday’s election. My RSS feed has been bone dry. E-mails are still coming in, but at a noticeably slower-than-usual pace, and none of them are regarding bands you’ve heard of. I think people are basically just sitting in front of their computers either reading political analysis or otherwise just kinda staring into the abyss and trying to figure out what the fuck to do next.

(Of course, there are also people who are happy that Trump won. This post isn’t for them. They don’t need solace right now.)

Count me in the latter category. I’m in a state of shock. I’m glad there’s nothing to write about, because I don’t feel particularly motivated to write anything.

But metal is nothing if not an outlet for our negative emotions — be those emotions fear, anger, anxiety, depression, or simply indescribable fucked-upness.

So today, while I sit here, punch drunk, mouth perpetually agape, I’m listening to metal. Specifically, I’m listening to metal that will give me the strength to not just crawl into bed and give up. If my playlist provides you with some comfort, too, all the better.

I may add to this throughout the day as I see fit. Feel free to suggest additions in the comments section.

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