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
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
A style of music which involve electric guitars and drums who play loud (or rather SUPPOSED to be loud) music that the lead singer sings about various things according to the listeners liking.
Godsmack
Metallica
Rob Zombie
(Among others)
by David April 23, 2004
A bunch of emo vampires who totally usurped rock and roll and drove right into the ground and turned it into a steaming pile of dog poop!!
heavy metal sucks and its fans are ignorant emo vampires who totally lack taste and style and originality
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since heavy metal came along most bands are now just mere carbon copies of eachother - for instance emo
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see: hair metal - black metal - death metal - goth metal - nu metal - alternative metal - headbanger's ball - uranium - church burnings - nazi black metal - gay metal
by i hate heavy metal July 12, 2006
A gay goth sub-genre of rock characterized by bad vocals.
Oh and did I mention the retarded lyrics?
Heavy Metal sucks men's ass cheese.
It is for felchers!
by a ha ha ha November 03, 2005
It's shit.
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It's barely better than rap and emo.
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It's for GOTH fucktards with no taste in music.It's just an excuse to play Halloween dressup 365 days a year and scream and yell stupid bullshit lyrics which have abosultely no point to them and if they did you'd never know it anyways because you can't understand them anyways as they are either screamed in a shrill voice or grunted like a constipated,demon-possessed cookie monster!Doesn't matter anyways though because the lyrics are fucktarded to the core.Just some shit about evil darkness satanism and paganism and maybe some bestiality or necrophelia action.It's the gayest form of music ever invented.It is so gay,lol.
Heavy Metal is the most pointless shit aside from rap and emo that's ever been conceived of.It's for D&D nerds and neo-pagans/satanists and homos in general.Oh my goth it'sth tho goth!
by precious emo faggots September 18, 2005
The devil's music! By the power of the Lord our God and all his followers we will banish this... Heavy metal, this breed of horrid dissonance! In it's place we will put in significant, more family oriented heavy metal and rock bands, such as the John Coltrane Trio, or Smashmouth! Thank God that bands such as Iron Maiden or Slayer have been banished forever and will never see the light of day again. At least this new metal (nu metal for some of you more trendy followers) and emo have taken over the genre in the eyes of the public, and that those who watch MTV will not be affected. However, there is still a population of those who still listen to this horrid music, so we must be strong and have faith. THE END IS NEAR, REPENT, REPENT, AND FOR GOD'S SAKES DON'T GROW YOUR HAIR OUT.
"Satan is among us! My son Stan started listening to Black Sabbath, a heavy metal band! What do I do?"

"You have to burn his CDs and shirts in a giant pyre, then lure him out with his computer and get him to jump in."

"Good idea, Sue!"
by Reverend Awesome August 06, 2006
A sad excuse for music.It's barely better than emo but not as good as rap.And this is coming from somebody who fucking hates rap!But rap is more valid than heavy metal.Atleast rap is far more versatile and can be fused with all sorts of different styles.
Stamp out emo,goth and heavy metal.
by fuckyou posers November 24, 2005

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