But it was my lack of metal expertise that was more intimidating." "I'm no metal head.
It's not that I don't like the genre -- I've been known to throw on the aggressive jam or two to pump me up and for a time in the mid-aughts thought System of a Down was the best band in the world -- but the heaviest music I play on the regular is the more hardcore leanings of Brand New's later discography.
Not that anyone was paying attention to what was up on stage.
There was business to be taken care of on the darkened floor, after all.
Two intrepid Thrillist writers, unbeknownst to one another, attended to find out.
"My dating life of late has been an overly courteous train wreck," Brett, the male writer for the event, said.
I found the event registration, signed up, and slapped on a name tag with even more inverted crosses.
And, in a rookie mistake, signed my first and last name." -- Brett "The stage housed a big screen that projected the same oversaturated loop of long-haired men posturing with guitars intercut with Viking battle action for the entirety of the evening.
Speed dating and heavy metal seem wholly antithetical to one another.
This may be why the juxtaposition was so beguiling to the whopping 74 people who recently flocked to Brooklyn's heavy-metal mecca Saint Vitus for a speed-metal speed-dating event. So what happens when dozens of people hungry for love spend an evening immersed in a world of casual Satanism and blistering bass lines?
My record collection skews heavily toward lyrically focused, melodic alt-rock, not Slayer." -- Brett "Prep was easy.
When the day finally came, I shoved six friends into an Uber XL on the quest for love." -- Kari "I tried to brush up on Spotify, rocking the "Best of Today" metal playlist as much as possible.
The setup was a lot more organized than I expected, the registration only took about a minute.