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According to a recent study by Westminster University, if you listen to heavy metal, you may have low self-esteem along with a few other psychological quirks. No one's saying that metal causes these quirks. They're just saying that if you have some psychological baggage, you may be attracted to a darker, more aggressive style of music.
I've always found metal to be a very cathartic listen. I've had issues with depression for as long as I can remember. Over the years, I've run across a bunch of metal songs that have helped me deal with those issues. If you're broken, these songs are proof that you're not alone.
Insomnium - "Through the Shadows"
The opening lines of this song's chorus sums up the depression experience nicely:
And I feel tired, empty and hollow, heart-broken inside
And I feel this life has nothing for me anymore
Machine Head - "Darkness Within"
Machine Head's Robb Flynn leaves it all on the table in this song, telling us how he throws himself into his work to stave off the Darkness Within. As a guy who has used work to cope, I can relate. Maybe you can too.
Type O Negative - "I Don't Wanna Be Me"
Proving that a cathartic song doesn't have to be down-tempo, this Type O jam's chorus has run through the head of anyone who has the black dog of depression at their heel.
Metallica - "Fade To Black"
One of the most well-written songs about depression in metal history, "Fade to Black" is about as raw as it gets. Interesting footnote, it was also the very last song the band played with Jason Newsted before he split from the band.
Suicidal Tendencies - "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow?"
That song right there, has pulled myself and others through the darkest moments in our lives. ST has a few other gems in this vein, but none as powerful as "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow?"
This list is by no means comprehensive. If there's something you think should be on that list, post it in the comments below.
Also, if you or someone you know is having issues with depression, get help, get treatment, get better. Seeking help for your depression is not a sign of weakness. It's a sign of strength, a commitment to getting your life back.
*In addition to dealing with a mood disorder, "Scary" Terry Stevens is a radio host for Midwest Communications. You can Book Face with him here.