You’re supposed to be scared of heavy metal. Its musicians kill each other, drink blood, slaughter goats and wear leather. But in reality, most of the minds behind music’s most notoriously evil genre are just regular dudes and ladies with an affinity for theatrics. Sure, some are legitimately twisted, but for every Varg Vikernes, there’s a Hunter Hunt-Hendrix.
Above, we’ve taken a look at some of the genre’s most “notoriously evil” leading men in the hopes of showing you that most of these dads who sing about the devil are about as intimidating your weird uncle who’s already started on next year’s halloween costume.