Ms Stekly said the metal songs can have beautiful vocal parts and a theme ranging from slaying a dragon to a near-death person reflecting his life, as in the fast-paced Iron Maiden. Hallowed be thy name.
âThere are a lot of human emotions that you identify with, which is why a lot of us find it cathartic, listening and singing metal,â she said.
Mount Evelyn singer Ben Chamberlin, 19, whose parents raised him in heavy metal, said he liked the social side of the band and “the amount of passion the people in the choir have.” He said the choir “seemed like a good fun time, and it was.”
Ann Poore, 61, of Bundoora, a retired psychiatric nurse who was introduced to heavy metal by veteran war patients, said she liked the choir harmonies and the lyrics to songs such as I want to go out through Hello, which consists of living your own life.
Leah Dent, 40, who travels to rehearsals at Prahran from Officer, 50 kilometers away in south-east Melbourne, said the choir was the perfect social outlet for her as a full-time worker and mother of two small sons.
âEvery Saturday I come to see this amazing and diverse group of people and literally let my hair down,â she said.
Her favorite song with the choir is Mr. Crowley by Ozzy Osbourne, on the occultist Aleister Crowley.
âIt’s haunting, it’s ironic, the harmonies are amazing,â Ms. Dent said. âYou can get goosebumps listening to everyone. “
She said some people think heavy metal “is all about black leather and satanic music, but it’s light and shadow, it’s storytelling, it’s drama. It’s incredible.”
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