Heroin is a drug known to have been used by many creative people in history, heavy metal musicians included. But the drug has roots in almost any musical genre you can think of. Many songs have been written under its influence, or about it's effects and culture.
For this playlist I focused on heavy metal bands, many of them with their own history of heroin addiction. Dave Mustaine of Megadeth has admitted using the drug, Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Alder and guitarist Slash nearly overdosed on Mr. Brownstone, as did members of Motley Crue.
Heck, I could go on for hours about heroin in the world of heavy metal.
One of the problems with the drug is the high risk of overdose. Because it's sold in an illegal and unregulated manner, a user never really knows how strong of a dose they are actually taking. Heroin is cut differently by different dealers. So if a junkie is used to a certain amount of the drug, and they change dealers, it could mean a purer product is injected, resulting in an overdose.
Also, tolerance to heroin builds quickly, so if an addict kicks the habit, but then relapses, they may inject the same amount they were using before they quit. This can be disastrous as the tolerance is gone. Also, judgment is impaired on the drug, so mistakes are common.
This playlist includes 16 songs by metal bands that were inspired by heroin, whether based on a true story or a fictional one.
14. One Fix - Dope
- Dave Mustaine
- heavy metal