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
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The music that only a frustrated nerd can listen to.It's all about demonic screams,nightmares,something that any normal man wouldn't like to think about,all on a deafening electronic guitar background.There are many heavy metal bands that some people think that it's worth to listen to it,like Metallica,Deftones,Chop Suey and many more.That's what heavy metal fans think it is real music,because as I said before,they're frustrated that the most of the people listen to pop music and they obviously can't accept the situation and calls them 'losers'.
It is said that if heavy metal is not too much for your ears,you have a devil inside you.
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Fast, heavy guitar riffs, relatively easy bass riffs, double-pedal drumming, insane guitar solos (the good ones are in the right key), usually non-talented vocalists that put on a show to make up for it. Started with Sabbath, which was close to classic rock, then brought to life by Metallica. Since then it has broken into many types, such as thrash (speed), nu-metal, death-metal, black metal, and it pretty much gets worse as the list goes on. Overall not a bad type of music, but lets face it thrash metal died at the end of the 80s.
Steve: Heavy metal kicks ass because of insanely loud guitar riffs and headache inducing drum beats!!

Jimbo: That's why it sucks too.
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The music that everyone secretly loves, but most are too afraid to admit it.

Crazy, kickass guitars, insane drumming, and very diverse vocals, from clear singing to hellish growling.
Pure anger turned into pure extasy.
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The coolest music ever! I mean, it is right on and kicks ass! No other music comes close, and if you can't understand it, then you are a preppy twat! HEAVY METAL RUULES!!
The guitar in that heavy metal song is AWESOME! YeaH!!!
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The best type a musik ever.Nuthing else is evan ne god at all.

Judas Priest,Iron Maiden,Poison,Motley Crue,Cinderella,Winger,Limp Bizkit,Mercyful Fate,Britny Fox,Pink Steel,Anal Cunt,Manowar,Gwar,Kiss,WASP,
Rob Halford.
Heavy metal is hairy butt sexy.
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Best type of Music Ever

ACDC are the Gods!

Metallica are pretty good to.
Any one whothinks Heavy metal is about pricks with lipstic is wrong. Its about the music, not the fashion.

"Rock 'n' roll a'int noise pollution
Rock 'n' roll a'int gonna die!"
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A type of powerful rock music that is split into three types:

The bad. The US screaming crap that everyone judges it on. Idiot posers shouting and attacking their guitars. Sadly this rubbish is popular and gives eveyone a bad opinion of the genre. It sells itself on retarded image. eg Slipknot and System of a Down

The good stuff. Characterised by the best and most original lyrics in music, amazing guitar playing, some incredibly beautiful singing Tarja Turunen from Nightwish and some fo the most emotional songs ever Maiden's Paschendale. It is sold by the talent of all the members of the band most music is all about the singing.

The ugly. Weird stuff that isn't for everybody. Often with strange growling vocals not shouting. Eg Finntroll and the better songs of Cradle Of Filth
Person: Metal si all screaming and bad guitar playing
Me: *Plays Nightwish's Ghost Love Score*
Person: OMG that was so beautiful, my media brainwashed mind is now cleansed
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