We have all been there during a test and stuck on Question B and on one side of us we have a leather clad headbanger wearing a Metallica T-shirt and dirty jeans and on the other a neatly decked out person who listens to Radiohead so we take a peek at the answer for question B on the one not humming 'Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter' but that way leads to failure and a big D on the bottom of the paper.
Rather than being two IQ points away from being fed grass and milked as is the usual perception of metal-heads, a study published by the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (a body which represents the top 5% of academic achievement) reveals that a disproportionate number of their members list heavy metal as their favourite kind of music.
The study also notes that its metal loving members are also the ones that have the most difficulties with relationships so that stereo-type is still correct then.
So if you want a conversation about Marx, Rousseau or the UN Convention on the rights of a child then look for someone whipping their hair back ands forth as they deafen themselves with Slayer but i'd go elsewhere for fashion advice unless you are into black.
Now where's that Best of Anthrax CD....