Probably the most controversial of all rock music for its lyrics and image. Its loud, aggressive music and characterized by the electric guitar play the central role in the music backed up with vocals, drumming and base. It branched off of psychedelic music and blues rock in the 60's. The original heavy metal band is no doubt Black Sabbath and it has been going on for 30-35 years.

The idealogy of the music is very romantic which means it is a praise of imagination, emotion and fantasy. Another central theme heavy metal obsessed apon is chaos which involves mental illness, confusion, war, hell demons and what not. Bands go at this theme to find excitement within it or deep personal and emotional involvement or it can be the band reflecting on the human condition from the outside. Finally, the prime reason of its controversy is its anti-Jeudo Christian imagery and themes like Satan, hell and evil. Like written earlier, metal bands make songs about evil because it goes back to chaos. Also, Jeudo-Chrisitanity is the very foundation of Western civilization and making negative (or anti) songs about it means it is the ultimate rebellion. She further explains why they make songs about evil to question society what is really profane. Yes, but there are still bands who use satanic imagery simply as a gimmick to look rebellious or simply just having fun being offensive. There are some themes of hedonism themes (sex, drugs, rock & roll etc) as praise or sometimes negative criticism. And some metal bands do start bands to blow off teen angst just like any other type of rock music. But the difference is, heavy metal is against the idea of rebellion to be cool and hip. So, understand there is more to heavy metal music than the old, tired "kill your mother/rape your dog" stereotypes.

It has branched out into many sub-genres over the years. It started in the early 70s with traditional metal and then New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWBHM in short), then thrash metal and hair metal in the 80s. 2 children sub-genres Black metal and death metal arose in the late 80s from the parent thrash metal. The 90's is considered the depression of heavy metal when its popularity started to die down. Nu-metal/rapcore, which only a few of them should be considered heavy metal at all, became popular in the mainstream. Doom metal were born in the underground then in the shadow. Now in the 00's, metalcore bands are hitting mainstream while most nu-metal bands popularity withered away.
traditional metal - Black Sabbath and Judas Priest

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal - Iron Maiden and Judas Priest

thrash/speed metal - Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax, Sepultura, Overkill, Megadeth, and Kreator

hair metal - Motley Crew, Kiss, Poison, and Whitesnake

black metal - Burzum, Emperor, Mayhem, Enslaved and Dark Funeral

death metal - Death, The Possesed, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower and Dying Fetus

nu-metal (most nu-metal shouldnt be even counted as heavy metal) - Korn, Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, and Linkin Park

doom metal - Cathedral, Katatonia, Theatre of Tragedy and My Dying Bride

sludgecore - Crowbar, Eyehategod, Soilent Green and Iron Monkey

power metal - Manowar, Blind Guardian, Primal Fear and Memory Guardian

modern metal (or groove metal) - Pantera, Pissing Razors, Machine Head and Skinlab

metalcore - Lamb of God, Caliban, Killswitch Engage, and Annubus Rising
by murai May 29, 2005
A style of music which involve electric guitars and drums who play loud (or rather SUPPOSED to be loud) music that the lead singer sings about various things according to the listeners liking.
Godsmack
Metallica
Rob Zombie
(Among others)
by David April 23, 2004
A bunch of emo vampires who totally usurped rock and roll and drove right into the ground and turned it into a steaming pile of dog poop!!
heavy metal sucks and its fans are ignorant emo vampires who totally lack taste and style and originality
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since heavy metal came along most bands are now just mere carbon copies of eachother - for instance emo
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see: hair metal - black metal - death metal - goth metal - nu metal - alternative metal - headbanger's ball - uranium - church burnings - nazi black metal - gay metal
#lame #crap #shit #poop #emo #goth #satanic #antisemitic #evil #antichristian #pro nazi #dogcrap #stupid #faggy
by i hate heavy metal July 12, 2006
A gay goth sub-genre of rock characterized by bad vocals.
Oh and did I mention the retarded lyrics?
Heavy Metal sucks men's ass cheese.
It is for felchers!
#gay #queer #stupid #ignorant #lame #terrible vocals #equals heavy metal or in other words shit
by a ha ha ha November 03, 2005
It's shit.
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It's barely better than rap and emo.
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It's for GOTH fucktards with no taste in music.It's just an excuse to play Halloween dressup 365 days a year and scream and yell stupid bullshit lyrics which have abosultely no point to them and if they did you'd never know it anyways because you can't understand them anyways as they are either screamed in a shrill voice or grunted like a constipated,demon-possessed cookie monster!Doesn't matter anyways though because the lyrics are fucktarded to the core.Just some shit about evil darkness satanism and paganism and maybe some bestiality or necrophelia action.It's the gayest form of music ever invented.It is so gay,lol.
Heavy Metal is the most pointless shit aside from rap and emo that's ever been conceived of.It's for D&D nerds and neo-pagans/satanists and homos in general.Oh my goth it'sth tho goth!
by precious emo faggots September 18, 2005
The devil's music! By the power of the Lord our God and all his followers we will banish this... Heavy metal, this breed of horrid dissonance! In it's place we will put in significant, more family oriented heavy metal and rock bands, such as the John Coltrane Trio, or Smashmouth! Thank God that bands such as Iron Maiden or Slayer have been banished forever and will never see the light of day again. At least this new metal (nu metal for some of you more trendy followers) and emo have taken over the genre in the eyes of the public, and that those who watch MTV will not be affected. However, there is still a population of those who still listen to this horrid music, so we must be strong and have faith. THE END IS NEAR, REPENT, REPENT, AND FOR GOD'S SAKES DON'T GROW YOUR HAIR OUT.
"Satan is among us! My son Stan started listening to Black Sabbath, a heavy metal band! What do I do?"

"You have to burn his CDs and shirts in a giant pyre, then lure him out with his computer and get him to jump in."

"Good idea, Sue!"
#death metal #thrash metal #black metal #doom metal #speed metal #slipknot is not metal
by Reverend Awesome August 06, 2006
A sad excuse for music.It's barely better than emo but not as good as rap.And this is coming from somebody who fucking hates rap!But rap is more valid than heavy metal.Atleast rap is far more versatile and can be fused with all sorts of different styles.
Stamp out emo,goth and heavy metal.
#dogshit #poodle poop #puppy poo #horse crap #big pile of pig shit
by fuckyou posers November 24, 2005
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