The Atlantic served up a thunderbolt of awesomeness recently with James Parker’s “How Heavy Metal Keeps Us Sane” (I confess to more than a little intellectual envy). He’s 100% right: very few, if any, other genres can lay claim to such a uniformly low anthropology, not to mention unabashed verticality. Not even Horror/Goth. Metal is just so darn elemental, pun intended. I remember getting in an argument with a metalhead friend in high school, in which I foolishly asserted that the limited emotional palette made it inferior to other, broader styles of music. Yet as Parker points out, that’s precisely…

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