The end of the metal?

I listen to heavy metal a lot less frequently than I used to, and it’s mostly because of my son.  I watch him during the day while my wife’s at work, and I like to have music playing in the background.  Needless to say, metal is not on the playlists.  Classic rock, classical music, and jazz dominate our days musically.  As much as I love the heaviness of sound that metal provides, a toddler does not need to be raised on that kind of music.  So less metal for Daddy, too.

As a result, over the last two years I’ve seen a decline in my desire for metal.  I’ve had the chance to go to a few concerts but passed them up.  I haven’t been as diligent about purchasing new albums from my favorite bands.  Have I reached my limit?  Did my mercury levels reach their peak?  Are my ears finally relieved?

When I first started dating my wife back in 2008(!), I went crazy with my metal consumption.  I blasted it on every road trip.  I went to as many concerts as I could afford.  It was a liberating, exhilarating explosion of sound that I reveled in for years and years.  Much to the chagrin of most everyone around me, I tried to share my love of heavy metal.  Most of my friends plugged their ears.  A few “got it” and joined me in my years-long revelry.  While we didn’t live a heavy metal lifestyle, the music spoke to us.

So perhaps I’ve reached my limit.  Maybe the metal forge in my soul needs to go dark for a little while so the fires can ignite anew some time in the future.

But I do have a plan.  If my son comes to love heavy metal when he gets older, I’m going to pretend that I disapprove of it.  It will seem cooler to him and he’ll blast metal in “rebellion” of me.  Mwa ha ha.

About Michael

Michael Terracciano loves comic books, superheroes, outer space, and telling stories. His friends call him "Mookie." He spent the last ten years as the author and artist of the fantasy webcomic, "Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire." He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three cats. His favorite planet is Jupiter because it's awesome. He wants having superpowers to be fun again, and for this to be a universe you want to escape to, not from. He hopes you enjoy reading Star Power.