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.
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Undefinable mix of mostly electrical and synthetical instrumentation blurred into unknown fields of music, blended from all previous types of music from our planet.
Slide into some early Pink Floyd followed by some Iron Butterfly and top it off with some Led Zeppelin or The Who or early Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Sabbath and countless other bands leading the way to Heavy Metal
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The future of music is all shit.Kids today are all either goth/metal or emo.That's what they are all into.And they are going to be making the music of the future? Somebody needs to beat the emo out of these goth kids.
Heavy metal is so emo.
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A crap style of music where more often than not the only thing worthwhile about it is the guitar playing.

A bunch of ass clowns in assless leather pants singing about their gayness and proffessing their love for the hershey highway.Typically a bunch of stupid ass lyrics and attrocious vocals and a fetish for goats.
Since guitar playing is usually the only thing worth a fuck in most metal then I choose to listen to intrumental rock guitar artists instead such as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai or Steve Morse or Eric Johnson or Gary Hoey or Firkins or Greg Howe or Vinnie Moore.That way I get all the great guitar without having to suffer through the most hideou vocals ever conceived of and the stupidest lyrics ever written sang by some cow-dependent satanic leather-clad tattooed and pierced little L.A. homos with 666 tattooed between their eyes as they masturbate onstage to the image of their goat god (teh devil).All of this crap in metal is pointless bullshit designed to sell image not make good music.All this serves to do is to make a bunch of little fags on the internet use 666 in their screennames and have pentagrams for avatars.
by Rock & Roll-over metal January 22, 2005

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The WORST thing to happen to ROCK & ROLL since DISCO!!!
DISCO,METAL,MTV,and RAP ruined music!!
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The most terrible music ever!!!! it freaking sucks!!!! New Wave and pop all the way!!! Heavy Metal is shit!!! All heavy Metal sounds like is a big gross blur!!! PLUCK!!!!
Heavy Metal sucks asses!!!
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Can you sing about something else besides Satan?
Can you sing at all?
Can you not be such goth fucktards?
Can you focus more on music and maybe write some non-retarded lyrics and maybe get someone who can actually sing to sing them?
Can you make it a little more normal and a little less like goth vampire shit?
Can you make it a little more closer to rock & roll?
Can you go five seconds without mentioning Satan?
^And why the fuck do you do that anyways in the first place?
Do you even know the difference between something that sounds like shit and noise and mud vs. something that actually sounds good?
After all of these years heavy metal turned out to only be good for giving us very few bands that could rock and spew something lyrically that wasn't about Satan every other word.I guess there were also alot of faggy hair metal bands and not all of them were Satanic so that's an amazing fact but they still sounded like shit.And since that era it's all been really goth and just trying to push more of the Satanic shit from the back burner to the front burner.Um,what about music?? What ever happened to that?
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It's anti-music.

It's for people who think that the "only" instruments that matter are guitar and maybe drums.Metal singers are the worst singers to ever get behind a mic.They are like turd-like golems,pieces of poop which magically sprang to life and crawled out of the toilet.

There's so much more to music you stupid,little ass-fucks!

Fuckin Zeppelin had piano and banjos and mandolins and acoustic guitars and keyboards and fuckin harmonicas and a pretty decent singer and they sang about pretty good things usually.

But no,not heaby mettle.Todays heaby mettle shit has guitars and drums and some possed motherfucker who's constipated and grunting demonically trying to force a Satanic turd rocketing out his hairy goat-hole!

^That ain't music,bitches!!!!

What kind of retarded motherfucker do you have to be to want to listen to that shit?

Zeppelin was Rock&Roll,electrified blues,folk,flamenco,country and all sorts of good music.They didn't make that by saying "duh we should ONLY have guitar and ONLY grunt and fart and sing about humping goats"....

Figure it out you fuggin Mtv-watching, shmegma-suckin,turd-munching,headbanger's ball watching fucktards!!!!!!!
ROCK and motherfuckin ROLL you ignorant anal-cunts!!!!!!
by a real music fan May 08, 2005

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