Technically, back in the 80's if you liked Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer, you were a "metalhead"
, if you liked Poison, Danger Danger and Bon Jovi, you were a poseur
which was a particularly disparaging term to an adolescent male.
Ironically,Judas Priest was a metal band, even though Rob Halford had seriously "alternative" tendencies. Back in the day, he was a badass. I think many of us were too young and naive to know what he stood for...besides metal!
My group of friends in high school were of the intelligent type, even though we had long hair and listened to metal. We were not the typical "loser" stereotype. We listened to whatever we thought sounded good, be it metal or other forms of music. (Yes there was obviously some bad
I recently looked, and Slayer's classic album Reign in Blood is strangely out of print....