A genre of music that evolved from rock in the late 70s and early 80s.

Is characterized by heavily distorted guitars, giving them a deep, rough sound, which is where the "heavy" part came from; powerful drums, and thick bass. Usually includes very complex guitar work and amazing solos.

Black Sabbath is often considered the original heavy metal band. Bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden are considered the perfectors of the genre, and pioneers of the overall 80s metal scene.

Over the years, it has evolved into several subgenres. The most popular one with metalheads is thrash metal, but there are several others such as power metal, doom metal, black metal, death metal, etc.

The most recent subgenre that's spawned in today's modern scene is nu metal. This subgenre has basically the same characteristics of traditional metal, except for the fact that guitar solos are very rare, if not included at all. This has caused many metalheads to look down upon it as "shit", "poser metal", or "mallcore" (many people also link it to "emo", as sometimes they may have similar lyrics).

Contrary to popular belief, heavy metal is NOT Satanic. Only black metal (and sometimes death metal) bands portray that kind of imagery. However, it's not because they actually worship Satan, but because they're against Christianity as a whole. Some other metal bands of other genres may occasionally use Satanic imagery in their songs, but once again, it's not because they worship Satan. It's just to add deeper meaning and emotion to their songs.

Also contrary to popular belief, it is NOT all mindless incomprehensible screaming. There is another subgenre of metal called "metalcore". These bands usually scream all the lyrics in their songs, and at the moment, metalcore is the most popular subgenre of metal. However, screaming metal bands only account for less than 25% of the entire genre. Metal bands like Iron Maiden, Stratovarius, Symphony X, and Kamelot incorporate very melodic vocals in their music, hardly ever screaming, if at all. If they do scream, it's only for a moment, to add emotion to a section of the song.
*Traditional Metal - Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest
*Thrash Metal - Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, Testament, Exodus
*Power Metal - Blind Guardian, Manowar, Stratovarius, Helloween, Edguy, Rhapsody of Fire
*Progressive Metal - Dream Theater, Symphony X, King's X, Opeth
*Grindcore - Napalm Death, Anal Cunt, Carcass
*Death Metal - Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Necrophagist, Children of Bodom
*Black Metal - Venom, Emperor, Bathory, Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, Burzum
*Nu Metal - Korn Slipknot, Deftones, Disturbed, System of a Down
*Metalcore - Unearth, Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Trivium (early albums), Hatebreed

In my opinion, all heavy metal is good. I know there are many "true metalheads" that will say all nu metal sucks, or all metalcore sucks, and that only old metal is good, but then they're not appreciating the metal genre as a whole. I say, why take your anger out on subgenres of your own favorite music, when you could take it out on those that are obscuring it further, like rap and pop?

If it's metal, it's metal. There shouldn't be any arguments about "true and false metal". It's just music. A guitarist doesn't have to be fucking Kirk Hammet or Kerry King to be talented. A song doesn't have to include a blazing fast solo like in Iron Maiden's Hallowed Be Thy Name to be good. Bands don't have to sound like the big names from the 80s to be great.

And speaking of big names.. Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, etc. are NOT the only good metal bands around. Granted, most of today's mainstream metal is unpopular with diehard metalheads, if you keep looking, you'll find many modern metal bands that are surprisingly good, like Edguy and Children of Bodom. Metal did NOT die in the 80s as many think, and this is why it will remain to please us all with its wonderful sound, unlike rap and pop that have no variety or talent whatsoever.
by SomeBadJOKE February 03, 2007
One of the Greatest forms of Rock Music, and has many subgenres, most are respectable, but some flat out suck. Traditional Heavy metal (Judas Priest, Mötorhead, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath) is by far the most superior of all the metal styles. It encompasses pretty much everything, the best riffs, best vocals, and best subjects, Fantasy Tales, Rock N' Roll, and Girls, (Who doesn't like Girls!). Trad Heavy Metal, usually goes for an exciting, or feel-good style of song, which, coupled with its heavy distortion and anthemic choruses made it one of the best and most influential subgenres of Rock. While Trad Heavy Metal was by far the best, In a close second was 80's metal (both glam and thrash). Trad Metal had a sort of feel of both darkness (Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath) and fun (Deep Purple, Judas Priest). In the 80's metal began to divide. Thrash took the darker side of metal added the speed of hard core punk and combined, and the result was Thrash Metal. Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax, did this the best. Slayer on the other hand were Nazi, white supremacist assholes, who were more death metal, and jerks overall. Thrash was great (discounting Slayer), but Hair Metal was of equal merit. It took the fun side of Metal and made it… more fun. Glam, as it was called was heavy, but not like thrash, it heavy in a more anthemic way, Mötley Crüe, did this the best. Equally as good, if not more accesible. The 70's and 80's were the golden age of metal, the 90's things started to suck. With Exceptions of Pantera and Faith No More, the 90's was the era of grunge (which sukced) and Sucky Metal. First of all Nü metal ruined metal completely. Korn sucked big dick. They were terrible with their lameass antics and sucky songs. Limp Bizkit, equally as sucky so lameass. Rage Against the Machine was real good though. Now, we come to the most sucky sucky sucky sukcy sucky sucky sucky scucky sucky SUCKY metal band of all time. Slipknot. They should go die. Honestly, the metal world would be a lot better. First of all, Their guitars are so downtuned that it doesn't matter what note they hit. The Vocals are sucky, Corey Taylor ruined metal, along with the rest of his suckyass band. Their just the same sort of phrases shouted over and over again (Fuck You, Go Die etc.). Their is no melody, the solos suck, and their is pretty much no talent. Slipknot should die. Anyway so from now one we can only leave our trust in bands such as Wolfmother, Priestess, and The Darkness to champion Metal. Nü metal sucks, Trad Metal will always kick their lamass asses out hte door.
Korn, Limp Bizkit, slipknot (should die) = Sucky, embarassment to metal

Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath = Right On they rule, and and so much more talented then any stupid Nü metal suckyass band

Slayer = Nazi Assholes

Overall Heavy Metal will always win, and Nü metal… SUCKS
by NBeast March 12, 2007
the best god damn music ever! metallica kicks ass!
metallica, acdc, disturbed, korn, led zepplin...
by alyssa December 10, 2003
an overrated type of music whos fans think that the technicality of the music is all that matters and automatically makes the music better than some less technical music
these metalheads also badmouth power chords but don't realise that metal wouldn't even exist if it weren't for power chords
metalhead: "Nirvana and Green Day and Offspring suck because they only use power chords and anybody can do that"
me: "Yeah erm , you do realise that the first metal band Black Sabbath was all power chords , right?
I suppose then that Korn and Slipknot are better than Black Sabbath then,huh? And I suppose a retarded monkey on crack could have written Zep's A Whole Lotta Love too, right?"
punk walks away...
heavy metal fans are sometimes funny with how pigheaded they can be
by meh September 08, 2006
basically now it is just whoever is left from the 80's tryin to make some $$$$ cuz they are a fizzle when it comes to life ( refer to fizzle for def.)
they suck they suck they suck they suck they suck
by spam gewd November 18, 2004
I hate rock and metal and disco and mtv and rap and the government and new metal and pop punk and hollywood.
It's all the devil's music.
by fuckin bitches March 08, 2005
A stiff style of music with no "feel" to it.
Heavy Metal is just another crappy sub-genre which idiots cling to in an attempt to belong to some social group or clique.It's no different than the so-called "punk lifestyle" or people trying to be "indie" or goth or emo or whatever.They all claim to be non-conformists and then conform to some stupid little social group or clique or whatever.Fuckin posers.Music is music and you should listen to whatever music that's good regardless of how it's labeled.
Conforming to some little social group or clique is so stupid because it turns into millions and millions of people thinking that they are "non-conformist" when in reality they are just conformists.Quit trying so hard ya posers,lmao!
by Homer J. Flintstone September 11, 2005
watered down,pussified rock

basically rock music was taken over by angsty teens with raging hormones who all dress in the manner of a MALE prostitute (and sometimes like a female prostitute)
Wow,Marilyn Manson.Will you look at the tits on that guy?
by it's just wrong February 20, 2005
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