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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
 
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Contrary to mostly every-other definition of heavy metal here, it is a form of music, mainly instrumental; characterized by polyphonic, loud, skillful sounds. It is the most similar music in terms of composition to classical music. Also contrary to popular belief heavy metal is older than classic rock, and is still very much alive today
Guy 1: Hey I was in AP music today and we were discussing Vivaldi.
Guy 2: Cool, you know if you like Vivaldi you should check out Baroque Skins.
Guy 1: Sure what kind of band are they?
Guy 2: heavy Metal
by ReTARDIS August 23, 2012
 
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Heavy metal is the real deal with metal, not that gawth garbage like slipknot, and marlyin shatsin. most heavy metal bands lyrics deal with governments, wars, medevil times, etc. bands like Motorhead, megadeath, judas priest, and Manowar. fans of the band metalicia formed the metal milta.
heavy metal is the definition of awesomeness
by hellknights December 23, 2010
 
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The real origins of Heavy Metal emanated from the UK and Europe. Bands in the US and elsewhere influenced by them created the confluence of this genre which helped propel Heavy Metal as a world wide favorite type of music among fans.
Heavy Metal bands like Black Sabbath led to Iron Maiden led to Metallica and so on.
by devilgold March 03, 2010
 
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A subgenre of Rock music, closely related to Hard Rock. It was developed during the 70's by bands such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin (although they stuck to their blues and folk roots, and weren't completely Heavy Metal), Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep - even some prog-rock bands experimented with heavier sounds, Heavy Metal sounds. It is said that the first Heavy Metal band was Black Sabbath - I can boldly say they were the first BRITISH Metal band, and Blue Cheer the first American Metal band.

The music is characterized for it's technical and heavy riffs, long songs, and solos played with virtuosity. Lyrics are very varied (contrary to what many people think, they don't all have "satanic" or evil lyrics, and hateful lyrics) - they range from love and sex, through war and nuclear holocaust to fantasy and dragons.

Heavy metal is one of the most misunderstood genres of music in our day. Rather unfortunately, this is often a result of brazen ignorance about the subject, brought about by certain sectors of the media, society, and listeners themselves.
Most notable bands are: Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Dio, Manowar, Stratovarius, Deep Purple, Dokken, Judas Priest

Great vocalists: Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford
by Gabriel December 13, 2004
 
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Heavy Metal itself is a genre of music,influenced by blues and Classical music.It has by far the most sub genres of any form of music,the more well known being;Thrash Metal-Metallica,Anthrax,Megadeth Death Metal-Cannibal Corpse,Deicide,Cryptopsy Black Metal-Enslaved,Satryicon,Mayhem Mallcore-Slipknot,Coal Chamber,KoRn Deathcore-Whitechapel,Winds Of Plague,Salt The Wound
Metalcore-Killswitch Engage,God Forbid,Emmure
Some well deserving,yet underated bands include Amon Amarth(Melodic Death Metal)
Behemoth(Blackened Death Metal) Korpliklaani(Folk Metal)
There is more but I'm eating chips so I can't concentrate.
As for the crap descriptions of metal heads on here: We are normal people,we can't summon other-wordly rage to aid us in a fist fight,we fight just as good as we train to.
Some have shorter tempers,yes and that may be a product of the music,be we are normal.
Some may have few friends,but some have many,I have severeal,all metal heads as I am exclusive on whom I associate with.
The clothing is not a must-have to be metal,as some younger Metal heads may have parents who disapprove of the fashion.
Back to the music,Metal takes Passion,Commitment, and rage to play competently.So does Rap.Thats right,I said it.Rap And Metal are two opposing sides off music.One Mainstream and one Underground.They have the same Criteria to play.Rap has talent,it's just hard to see if you donb't have the ear for the music.There.I've had my say.
Heavy Metal.It said I had to.
by The Man known as Morgan March 03, 2009
 
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None of you dissing metal here know shit about metal. You're thinking of Grindcore and/or Nu Metal, they both suck balls and should die. When you say Heavy Metal is killing rock 'n' roll, then your only right if you're thinking of Nu Metal, which is true; it is. But most of your rock 'n' roll is metal, believe it or not.Led Zeppelin(sometimes), Guns n' Roses, Metallica, Def Leppard, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, AC/DC, etc, they're metal. When it comes to the whole satan thing, that's black metal, and that IS in fact, screaming, most of the time. "Bad" metal is not very common. The only metal that appears on shitty MTV is again, Nu Metal, thanks to NU metal and Nu Metal only is Rock 'N' Roll dying.
Look into Heavy Metal before you define it, and you wont be considered "Stupid".
P.S To the guy who dissed Slipknot, your absolutely right(Except for its headbanging not "shaking"),They're Shit Heavy Metal) They don't deserve to headbang, they suck big ol' Elephantitis infected balls.
by Zack423 October 28, 2006
 
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Garbage music faggot emos and braindead idiots who don't know what a haircut is listen to. Anyone who listens to this garbage is usually a failure at life.
Heavy Metal is the biggest piece of shit ever created on this planet. Get a haircut and a life you stupid fucks who listen to this shit.
by YouListenToGarbage November 11, 2012