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
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
heavy metal is stupid

it only focuses on certain aspects of music and therefore is no better than rap
heavy metal is a really fucking dumb subgenre that shouldn't have made it out of the 70's where it wasn't even considered or taken seriously at all when there was so much awesome "real" music around
if mtv hadn't come along metal wouldn't have had enough exposure to hang around and become popular
either that or they would have had to work alot harder and maybe then the genre wouldn't have turned out to be so shitty and sucky and the utter fucking joke that it is
by .........i fart on you all September 07, 2006
A style of music that totally sucks all of the soul out of music and if you're not careful can suck the soul right out of YOU (possibly through your ass.)
Metal settles for the lowest common denominator and it's musicians lack the taste or the balls required to perform real music.So they settle for bad lyrics,bad vocals,bad fashion (any fashion is bad) and generally show an extreme lack of intelligence,taste or style and a general lack of care for music and musical instruments other than guitar and drums.They're barely more musical than rap.
an excellent movie by Ralph Bakshi

a poser genre of music that's even more satanic than the original rock & roll or even the government!
pretty fuckin gay,man....

pretty fuckin gay!!
by you suck March 07, 2005
Rap or rock...hmmm rap is the best kind of music you ppl might say that rappers only talk on a beat..no they stick 2 the flow ok for all the haterz here ok heres a little test ok?get limewire or anything get a good song any artist will do and get the lyrics and try too rap it out..it doesint matter what song you chose..slow..fast..just do the test its not talking
rap is better than rock and all that punk shit..lemme get this straight k rock and all the metal is good too but instead of lisening 2 a rap song for like 2 minutes spend a lil time lisening 2 it..of course every kind of music,theres always gonna b a bad beat or bad lyrics..seriously stop saying rap crap and shit like that cuz its really not..dont only lisen 2 heavy metal
by XleX September 03, 2005
1. adj. A type of rock music that has practically no point. Consists of people screaming and yelling so you cannot understand what they're trying to say. Also has highly distorted guitars and has an extensive use of the crash cymbal on the drums. A well known band is Metallica.
1. I went to that heavy metal concert last night, and now I'm deaf. And for what? I couldn't understand them anyway.
by Jerman Person March 30, 2005
retarded version of rock music where music is no longer appreciated and the goal is to be as offensive and stupid as possible,dress like a homo,look like a fag,or look like a scumbag,and try and act tough or macho

basically they turned good music (rock & roll) into:

So it's basically really gay!

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