‘Mostly Metal Dad?’ Whaddya mean, ‘Mostly Metal?’

I used to consider myself pretty metal. I’ve been playing metal for years and have been listening to it for even longer. But being metal takes a lot of work. I had it in my blackest of hearts, but I never committed to looking the part. My early attempts at world domination with my band eventually gave way to falling in love, earning a degree, and other totally un-metal pursuits. The metal me went on the backburner.

And then my wife and I had a kid.

Suddenly, I’m feeling a reignited interest in metal; the fires in the forge have been re-lit. There’s a crossover between being metal and being a dad that I didn’t know existed, and the more I learn about it, the more I understand that being one has an influence on the other. Like how Pantera’s “Walk” is a great tempo for rocking my baby to sleep, or how the dreary, lo-fi droning of black metal actually makes for some decent white noise. Or how my daughter’s learning to smile is somehow more amazing to me than any live show I’ve seen.

I want to know what else metal and parenting have in common, these two things that have become more important to me that anything else in the world. I didn’t expect any of this, but I’m learning a lot about being a Mostly Metal Dad. And maybe you can learn something, too.

Because being ‘mostly metal’ is fine with me, so long as I get to be a dad for the rest.

Author Eric Seal, the Mostly Metal Dad, and his newborn daughter.

I’m Eric Seal, the Mostly Metal Dad and drummer for melodic death metal band Mysidia. The first metal CD I ever bought was Rob Zombie’s Hellbilly Deluxe. The booklet art scared me so badly I couldn’t listen to it for a month. I cried when my daughter was born and it was really rather sweet.

This blog started off about metal and babies, then took a turn into being mostly about babies, and now it’s somewhere in between. Or either/or. Tune in for baby stuff, music reviews, and general metal stuff.


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  1. I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together! Carrie, (and aioscsate), Creepy. It appears we’re doing the same things on opposite seaboards. I like your work, I like your end tables, I like the time you put into your blog! and I especially like your pad!Thanks for commenting. Its nice to know there are others out there -Q

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