Headbanging For Dummies!

Here’s another one of my old posts:

Headbanging For Dummies….(Original Publishing Date: February 12th, 2009)


Recently I was at a concert where the Swedish Heavy Metal / Progressive Metal band, Opeth played at IIT-M‘s Saarang 2009. The concert was nothing short of spectacular. Opeth had played over two hours of unadulterated Heavy Metal..

What was disturbing was the crowd of idiots who were present at the show. They had no idea about which song or what kind of music was being played. Never in my life,  have I seen people whistling, clapping or running around imitating a train when a guitar solo is being played. Such an act insults the great institution that is Heavy Metal

For the benefit of the people (idiots) present there, I give you:



#1. Stretch your neck well before you start to head-bang  This is of supreme importance. If you do not warm up, you can find yourself in traction quite quickly. Start by performing gentle head rolls. This means you roll your head slowly from side to side. Then grab the top of your head with one of your hands and pull gently in the opposite direction. Repeat toward the other side. Make sure you feel good and loose.
#2. Nod your head gently as the music starts to play. There is plenty of time to head-bang. Start slowly to make sure you are truly warmed-up.
#3. Increase the motion of your headbanging. As the music quickens, nod your head with greater range back and forth. Harder and faster is the key here.
#4. Swing your head all the way down to your waist and then back up again. Continue this in a circular motion to really rock out to your favorite music or band.
#5. Don’t run around like a jackass. Listen to the music instead of running around or clapping.3Cheers.. \m/\m/

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