I think the hippy movement was indeed very much a class-based movement. Just affording drugs and free time makes it a class issue. And from the degeneration of it there begat the yuppie era. It's not difficult to feel a bit queasy just from that relation.
I don't hate hippies, or anybody. No human is my enemy. But to answer your question I can see why certain metalheads would feel the hippie strain was a useless one, even as exhibited in the proto-doom metal culture as you say. Most metalheads are really not people of social action (unless that action involves them buying obscure vinyl for money they'd otherwise use for food and other bare necessities) but the music they listen to does push for action and taking control of one's life and forging ones personal meaning over existence with iron will and honor, power, might, etc. These things, while not obviously social are very much fundamentally so, unless one lives in a cave with their record player.
Hippies aren't about that at all. They're about inner peace, an acceptance of things as they are and so on... Hippy culture was disruptive towards the 'normals' and to that end it agrees with HM, but HM was much further disruptive, it dealt with inwards disruption, resetting of the polarity inside a man as an end in itself. Death, destruction, lust and power are important means of self-nullification/self-glorification. HM strives on contrasts and perceived mutual exclusivities while spaced out hippie rock wouldn't really bother.
So, when you couple the hippy shit with the nihilistic side of heavy metal you breed a curious, somewhat cacophonous type of fatalism: "The world is coming to an end, everything sucks, but I'm alright with that." It's like starting on this inwards journey of discovery while starting with the social world and then halfway, when you get to the good part, the important part, the fissure of consciousness as it were, you just give up and go 'let's just mellow out, maaaaan". It's no wonder that the 'TRUE METAL!!!!' folks don't listen to modern 'traditional' (as in, 70's inspired) doom metal by and large. Only epic doom for them, heh.
Yes, it is hypocritical to a degree. Unless these people go out and SHAPE THE WORLD ACCORDING TO PASSION AND DECREE or hey at least they reinvent/destroy themselves with diligence (not just the one or the other) then they aren't any different from the perceived doom-hippies. But eh, that's a different discussion. I hope this explains the 'hate', though.
BTW: on the threshold between hippies and metalheads: Manilla Road! Think about it.
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