A Field Guide to the Metalhead

[Mental Notes] How to find them without thrashing

The largest congregation of metal fans this side of North America descended upon the Empire Polo Field in Indio last weekend to watch Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax play ear-bleeding guitar riffs for seven freakin' hours at the Big 4 festival. If you weren't there, don't cry: Check out our handy-dandy guide to spotting the average Big 4 fan instead.

1. Long, greasy hair that's not in a ponytail

2. A look of surliness from being out in the sun

Marla Campbell

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Empire Polo Field

81-800 Ave. 51
Indio, CA 92201

Category: Music Venues

Region: Indio

3. Goatee

4. Hands perennially curled into devil sign

5. Gut from drinking too much beer while playing World of Warcraft

6. Baggy jeans

7. Big river shoes

8. Metal-stud bracelets

9. Iron Maiden T-shirt (one of five)

From an April 22 Heard Mentality blog post.

This column appeared in print as "Anatomy of a Metalhead."


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