For many years, 金属 was viewed as being outside the society which it comments on. Recently, as 金属 has bent closer toward the mainstream, it has become more accepted, which has led to some 金属 bands going farther in the direction they were originally going.
As an example, 学术界 shunned 金属 at the start of the 1990s, but after the work of Deena Weinstein and Robert Walser, began to be taken more seriously. Now, a conference dedicated to heavy 金属 exists ，以及 journal of heavy 金属 studies。 金属正在被世界接受。
In return, 金属 is starting to give back in a big way. Former Anthrax guitarist, current Red Lamb guitarist and autism awareness activist 丹·斯皮兹 will be attending the 金属 conference to serve as a keynote speaker along with 没有 ted academics and journalists who have covered 金属. Worldwide attendance will make this a legendary event.
在其他消息中，人们终于 making the connection between heavy 金属 and classical music 。 由于这个网站有 已有二十多年的历史 , 金属 and classical share many attributes, the most common being a tendency to use phrasal riffs/motifs to create complex narrative song constructions in which each song structure is specific to the material referenced in the song, much like the form of poetry or literature.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence Edward Top 没有 tes three similarities between 金属 and classical: both are dedicated to releasing energy, a “shredder”既有音乐家的传统，又有音乐家的共同享受，而且两者都是“outsider”流向主流的流派，这两种流派都来自那些可能太聪明或太书呆子的人的阵营（我有 没有 知道他是什么 ’ 都是为了自己的利益。