head·​bang·​er | \ ˈhed-ˌbaŋ-ər How to pronounce headbanger (audio) \

Definition of headbanger

: a musician who performs hard rock also : a fan of hard rock

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Hordes of headbangers amassed in Germany for the world’s largest heavy metal festival – among them, two elderly men who apparently left their retirement home to rock out, police said. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "‘You’re never too old to rock’: Men missing from German retirement home found at giant heavy metal festival," 6 Aug. 2018 The Wisconsin State Fair has something for headbangers, Hanson fans and everyone in between at the Associated Bank Amphitheater for 2018. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hanson, Slaughter, Abby Jeanne playing Wisconsin State Fair Associated Bank Amphitheater," 26 Apr. 2018 Elements of dubstep, trap, R&B and house weave in and out of minimal headbanger beats designed to pop trunks from Los Angeles to Mars. Kat Bein, Billboard, "TroyBoi Proves He's an Absolute Beast on 20-Track Album 'Left Is Right'," 28 Aug. 2017 At March Shredness, part of an annual, themed music project, Andy Segedi looks back at his youth as a headbanger. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Reflections of a Lifelong Metalhead," 12 Oct. 2017 But according to the film, Alago was recognized as a headbanger whose knowledge of the scene demanded respect. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Who the F**k is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago': Film Review," 21 July 2017 In Beavis and Butt-Head, his two teen headbanger couch potatoes sniffed glue, played with live grenades, deep-fried rodents at their fast-food job—and embodied stultified TV-watching America. Steven Leckart, WIRED, "Mike Judge Skewers Silicon Valley With the Satire of Our Dreams," 2 Apr. 2014

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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