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
heavy metal rules!!! ignore the negative posts.they are heavy metal haters!!!
blacksabbath,slayer,metallica,motley crue,poison,superjoint ritual.
by jj August 02, 2004
The perfect type of music, that can release ur iner anger, and turn it itno good
Heavy Metal Rules
by JoJo December 31, 2003
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!"
by oilslug April 19, 2005
A type of rock and roll music characterized by heavily distorted guitars, powerful drumming, and vocals often performed at an intense screaming level. Very counter culture, aggressive, and nonconformist. Usually played at very high volume.

It was made possible by advancements in electronic amplification in the 1960s.

In music, the phrase originated in the lyrics to the 1968 song "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf:

"I like smoke and lightning
Heavy metal thunder
Racin' with the wind
And the feelin' that I'm under"

William S. Burroughs used the term in a novel a few years earlier as a metaphor for drug use, but did not apply it to music.

Heavy metal bands include:

Led Zeppelin
Garth Brooks wanted to be a Heavy Metal musician, but he's too lightweight
by FaveDave January 22, 2005
take the skill of classical, the creativity of jazz, the feel of blues, the intensity of rock....multiply all of that by 100 and its metal
poison - every rose has its thorn
by deepness November 18, 2003
A very angry type of music, and also the best music around.

people who hate heavy metal are annoying fags that take out all there problems on grand theft auto and heavy metal cuz they think they are making the world a safer place.

and for people who say its noise i hope you get raped and get genital warts
i am gonna go listen to heavy metal
by Pots and Pans November 21, 2004
Best thing happened to music besides grunge.
Early Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Black Sabbath, etc...
by Jack December 07, 2003

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