The Master Thesis being presented hereby discusses adolescence and emerging adulthood in the context of Heavy Metal subculture and tries to illuminate the subjective as well as the collective significance of music reception for young people regarding their biographic life coping. The development of the theoretical background of this research study deals in particular with the definition and analysis of what is adolescence and emerging adulthood, as well as their place within modern society. Because of this studys cognitive interest within a transnational discourse, there is also a comparison between explicit living conditions in Austria and Spain before the representation of the two theoretical basic concepts for the further empirical research, which are the concept of developmental tasks and the concept of biographical life coping. The second chapter deals with a substantiated and objective input about history, as well as characteristics and the fragmentation of Heavy Metal music. Besides that, it provides an insight into the Heavy Metal scene and its culture. Chapter three intends to consolidate the two basic topics within a digression into the topic of musical self-socialization. Chapter four is an analysis of five narrative interviews with Heavy Metal fans within the proper empirical research. On the basis of a reconstruction of the individual biography of the interviewees follows the further analysis of the significance of how Heavy Metal is being received in the context of coping with ones life. The concluding comparisons between particular cases indicate an actively and passively notable positive correlation within the reception of Heavy Metal music and the biographical coping with life, particularly within the subjective dimension. Nevertheless, some collective functionalities of music reception and the biographical coping with life were identified too.