You weren't misguided.I detected a few leftist leanings too.
We (I) try to keep my finger on the pulse of what's going on in the heavy metal world.... It's an indomitable passion.... it's generally smarter than most other genre's and they exercise their instruments to obtain peak performance.... 'Ya gotta beat the hell out of it Kenny!'
My personal rack.... a few shy of 1000 (991, I think?). 99% metal - and all inclusive sub-genres: black, death, grind, classic, hardcore, Gothamburg Sound, melodic death, math, djent, pop, prog, nu, NWOAHM, industrial.... US, German, Scandinavian, South American, Central American, Russian, Middle Eastern...... It only grows.