It helped me deal with my depression and come out of it my confiding in others who liked the same music as me. Heavy metal bands such as MetallicA, Disturbed, and Megadeth sing about REAL problems that people go through such as depression and suicide, which are subjects most people don't like to face which is why that genre isn't accepted by most people which is very upsetting. You should look up the video for Inside The Fire by Disturbed, it's extremely graphic but it's real, which is why it's my favorite music video. In The Day That Never Comes by MetallicA they sing about the war, that's another great video.
In my opinion a lot rock music is much more meaningful the much of the mainstream stuff. Now I don't mean to say all mainstream stuff has no meaning or value to it, I like both that and rock, but it's just my opinion and analysis.
I don't think rock music will influence young people in a bad way as such, and to be honest R&B and Hip Hop are more likely to influence people in such a way. But it's each to their own and people should be allowed to listen to what they want without restrictions such as different influences :)
The day that never comes is a great song about a real problem in the world (one of the posts below mentions it), One by Metallica is also a great song and possibly one of my favourite songs.
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