Movement of music that started essentially with the heavy rock movements of such bands as but not limited to: The Cream, The Spiders, Iron Butterfly, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zepplin, and Kiss. The sound took a larger heavier sound with bands like Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Pentagram, AC/DC and such bands. But Black Sabbath was the most respected and possibly the darkest of the lot. This is considered the Classical Metal era between the mid sixties to the late seventies. From there on out, when the eighties rolled around, Speed metal became popular with the NWOBHM movement, and thrash metal evolved with such bands as Metallica, Exodus, Primus, Trauma, Megadeth, Testament et cetera. During the 80s a more underground movement of slow metal began to evolve called Doom Metal by such bands as Candlemass, Pentagram and the like. Also in the mid 80s a new form of metal evolved from thrash called Death Metal, and used screams, and heavy notes, and shortly after a new style formed yet again from death metal called grind metal or grindcore. The 90's rolled around, and Groove Metal began evolving with such bands as Pantera, and even Ozzy with his new guitarist took upon himself a slower style more groove/doom based rather than thrash. Then around the late 90s the groove and doom metal scene flourished and produced such bands as crowbar, down, and black label society. Also around the 90s a new form of Metal formed, New Metal. It comprised of such bands as Korn, Slipknot, System of a Down, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Manson, Sevendust, and Godsmack. This style focuses on dissonance for heaviness and loud vocals, probably inspired by the death/noisecore of the late 80's movement.
Metal Rules!
by Darrel March 20, 2003
Is one of the best genres of music ever known to man. However, alot of ignorant fucks thinks it promotes the worship of satan and stuff like that. Well, its not.
If I could marry Metal, I would.
by Reckless Viking April 09, 2009
A heavier form of rock and roll music, that is definately not for everybody. However, if you like music that is violent, heavy, and generally badass, I recommend going to your nearest record store and buying a Priest or Maiden album. If you like rock music, but wish it was heavier, you won't regret it, trust me.

There are many different types of metal. I'll list a few examples of each genre:
Heavy Metal: Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Tank, Accept, Motorhead, Armored Saint, Saxon.

Thrash Metal: SSSSLLLLAAAAYYYYEEEERRRR!!!!(the yelling is necessary, trust me), Kreator, Sodom, Testament, Overkill, Exodus.

Death Metal: Death, Morbid Angel, Possessed, Bolt Thrower, Monstrosity, Deicide, Vader.

Power Metal: Sabaton, Hammerfall, Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Helloween.

Black Metal: (a.k.a. the gods rock and roll of which you need to lay down your soul to) Bathory (old), Celtic Frost, Burzum, Dark Throne, Emperor, Mayhem.

Viking Metal: Bathory (new), Ensiferum, Tyr, Korpiklaani, Enslaved.

Doom Metal: Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus, My Dying Bride (not an emo band, surprisingly), Electric Wizard.

And that's just a few. Also, don't think that metal is all a bunch of shouting about Satan. It's not. Trust me, I listen to it, and it's not.
by Metalhead Jake September 08, 2009
Joe: That Pantera concert kicked ass!
by Pwellus July 11, 2004
Metal is a genre of music which has been around since the 70's and has become one of the most popular genres of music in modern day society. With the second british invasion of bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, metal was quickly accepted into the American underground. Metal is a very hard genre to define due to the various opinions of many people. Some may say GnR was metal and so it started with bands like that, others may say the Metallica started it all. Whatever you say you have to give credit to Metallica for making it big with metal and making it a more known genre. Whether or not they sold out once they got there, that's not for me to say. Today metal is a global movement and has hundreds of sub-genres that delve deeper into harshness, speed and brutality, but it is safe to say that metal gave them their roots and remains the greatest genre ever.
" Dude did you hear Papa Roach's new single?"
" Yeah, why?"
" I love that kind of metal"
" Fuck you man, here's some Judas stick that in your pipe and smoke it"
by The One You Seek June 26, 2007
Fast, brutal, epic, catchy, full of power, skill,technical ability and full of diversity. Able to suit most musical needs for those seeking them. Those who have limited or no knowledge of metal music shouldnt judge it! For those wanting to know, Metal music contains many sub-genres including Heavy, Death, Melodic Death, Black, Doom, Power, Thrash, Speed, Folk, Industrial, Progressive, Metalcore & Nu-Metal to name a few. Black Sabbath arguably invented Heavy + Doom Metal which was later characterised by bands like Iron Maiden.'Death' along with other bands like Celtic Frost started the Death Metal movement, Venom invented Black Metal + was later characterised by bands like Mayhem, Emperor & Burzum. Bands like Dark Tranquility and In Flames characterised Melodic death or gothenburg metal. Thrash metal was basically defined by Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, Sodom & Sepultura. While the more recent and commercially successful genres include Nu-Metal popularised by bands like Korn, Mudvayne, Papa Roach & Slipknot. While Metalcore includes bands like Killswitch engage, Trivium, Caliban & Shadows fall. While progressive metal includes bands like Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation & Apocalyptica. Contrary to believe there is no such genre as Emo-Metal (which most metal fans will express their hate/dislike for emo music and its fans). Bands that are considered to be Emo-Metal like Atreyu & Avenged Sevenfold most likely fall into the Hardcore category seperate from metal. Goth-Metal also doesnt exist, although some bands take several gothic elements in their image such as Cradle of filth. All in all, Metal is a great diverse form of music that was just meant to be kept 'underground' (away from mainstream media). Furthermore, people should stop acting ignorantly towards metal i.e. accusing metal as being satanic and/or dumbass + violent. Music is just a form of expression and metal chooses to explore the sensations in which softer rock music fails to reach.
Heavy Metal (Classic) - Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Iron Maiden, Motorhead
Thrash - Pantera, Metallica, Sepultura, Soulfly, Megadeth

Death/Melodic death - Death, Arch Enemy, Children of Bodom (debatable), In Flames, Cannibal Corpse

See definition for some other examples of different subgenres. In conlusion all metal (with some exceptions ofcourse) kicks ass!
by Roman487 June 05, 2006
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