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
heavy metal rules!!! ignore the negative posts.they are heavy metal haters!!!
blacksabbath,slayer,metallica,motley crue,poison,superjoint ritual.
by jj August 02, 2004
The perfect type of music, that can release ur iner anger, and turn it itno good
Heavy Metal Rules
by JoJo December 31, 2003
Best type of Music Ever

ACDC are the Gods!

Metallica are pretty good to.
Any one whothinks Heavy metal is about pricks with lipstic is wrong. Its about the music, not the fashion.

"Rock 'n' roll a'int noise pollution
Rock 'n' roll a'int gonna die!"
by oilslug April 19, 2005
A type of rock and roll music characterized by heavily distorted guitars, powerful drumming, and vocals often performed at an intense screaming level. Very counter culture, aggressive, and nonconformist. Usually played at very high volume.

It was made possible by advancements in electronic amplification in the 1960s.

In music, the phrase originated in the lyrics to the 1968 song "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf:

"I like smoke and lightning
Heavy metal thunder
Racin' with the wind
And the feelin' that I'm under"

William S. Burroughs used the term in a novel a few years earlier as a metaphor for drug use, but did not apply it to music.

Heavy metal bands include:

Led Zeppelin
Garth Brooks wanted to be a Heavy Metal musician, but he's too lightweight
by FaveDave January 22, 2005
take the skill of classical, the creativity of jazz, the feel of blues, the intensity of rock....multiply all of that by 100 and its metal
poison - every rose has its thorn
by deepness November 18, 2003
A very angry type of music, and also the best music around.

people who hate heavy metal are annoying fags that take out all there problems on grand theft auto and heavy metal cuz they think they are making the world a safer place.

and for people who say its noise i hope you get raped and get genital warts
i am gonna go listen to heavy metal
by Pots and Pans November 21, 2004
Best thing happened to music besides grunge.
Early Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Black Sabbath, etc...
by Jack December 07, 2003

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