Garth is 44 years old, works in customer service, and despite appearances, he lives for heavy metal. For him, metal is more than just another genre of music - it’s a tool to lift and shift his mood.
If he wants to psych himself up and have a good time, it’s ‘glam metal’. If he wants to tap into a more emotional state, ‘industrial metal’ is his go-to. Most interestingly though, if he has a particularly tough day at work, it’s ‘death metal’ that helps calm him down.
He describes getting lost in the music: “The beat of the drums sync up to your heart beat. The guitars come in and take you to the next part of the journey. Then the lyrics come in and they lead you to feeling happy, or sad. It depends what emotion you want to feel.”
When most people think of calming, meditative behaviour, they imagine someone sitting cross-legged in silence, or with subtle accompanying music or a mantra. While this works for many, Garth prefers to pop on his headphones, press play on some Stabbing Westward and scream along to the lyrics. He’ll be the first to admit that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (particularly his partner, Alan’s) but for Garth, the connection with metal runs deep.