He admits to liking heavy metal, headbanging music. Santos has been listening to this blasting sound since he was eight years old. He first heard it while playing video games on his PlayStation. He remains a fan.
“When I listen to it, it gives me peace so I listen to it every day,” says Santos, who goes to Dorchester Academy.
While many teens are known to tune into rap or pop, there exists a small underground of headbanging devotees.
Marcus Wade, 18, is one of them.
“It actually brings people together sometimes,” says Wade, from Dorchester Academy.
He says he was 10 when a friend introduced him to the genre. One of the first songs he liked was “Sulfur” by Slipknot.
Wade says he also listens to rap, soul, jazz, and pop.
Bachinge Bembeleza, a sophomore at Dorchester Academy, enjoys hip-hop, soul, jazz, and a little country.
But she is not a headbanger.
Says Bembeleza: “It’s too loud and aggressive.”