Heavy Metal

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Heavy metal is a genre of music that is characterised by loud sounds, extended guitar solos and amplified distortion. The genre has it’s roots in Northern England where pioneers of the late 60’s and early 70’s created the sound that would define the genre even decades later. There are plenty of subgenres of this kind of music. Traditional heavy metal often contains hyper masculine lyrics and iconography.

It has its influences in acid rock, psychedelic rock and blues rock. However it has now developed into a distinctive musical style in its own right. Those who are fans of the genre are commonly referred to as “metal heads” and “head bangers”.

When it first began the style of music inspired a moral panic with some members of British and US society. This was due to the misconception that heavy metal would inspire violence amongst the young. This has proven to be an unfounded misconception.

Despite being a relatively young style of music compared to others it has become one of the most popular genres of music in the world. All one needs to do is to see the diverse crowds who flock to the international tours that Iron Maiden play at. This alone shows how heavy metal has been embraced by many different types of people all over the world.

Heavy metal continues to evolve and grow. It probably has the largest number of sub genres than any other type of music out there. It remains to be seen what the genre will sound like in the years to come.

Best Classic Heavy Metal Bands

  • Iron Maiden
  • Black Sabbath
  • Judas Priest
  • Motorhead
  • Megadeth
  • Pantera
  • Deep Purple
  • Anthrax
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Scorpions
  • AC/DC
  • Manowar
  • Twisted Sister

Best Modern Heavy Metal Bands

  • Ghost
  • Trivium
  • Bullet For My Valentine
  • Disturbed
  • Opeth
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Lamb of God
  • Mastadon
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Slipknot