A very deep and flexible genre of music. Ranges from sheer brutality to smooth and melodic. It mostly can be identified by the loudness and bass. The bass is what mostly sets apart metal from typical rock. Read the first definition for more info. Metal takes time to sink into and searching for good metal bands can be a chore, but it's SO worth it. And no, there are still very good and talented metal bands today, even though the majority of shitty bands far outweighs the good bands. Good metal bands usually have a talented vocalist, distorted yet recognizable guitars and fast double bass drums. Metal has very little rules which makes it so flexible and nearly endless. All type of genres have good and bad bands, people just stereotype it as incoherent screaming, which is mostly bullshit.

One particular rule that always applies to metal is you must require talent and good songwriting abilities(well, at least for good metal anyways). That's what seperates music from sound. Just listen to Iron Maiden or Iced Earth. Metal also has some of the best sub-genres of all music today. Metal is sort of like therapy to one's soul. That's why it takes patience and an open mind to get used to and appreciate the sheer talent of some metal bands (Blind Guardian anyone?). But don't just narrow your taste to one band, open your mind! If you can ignore all the droned MTV and myspace bands that make up most of music today, you're in a for the most underrated genre of music ever.

Examples of good metal bands.

Classic(80's and 70's):
Iron Maiden
Deep Purple
Black Sabbath
Judas Priest

Most of these bands are still around today making new albums.

Good modern bands(90's - present):
Blind Guardian
Iced Earth
Dream Theater
Shadows Fall
In Flames
3 Inches of Blood
Rob Zombie
Strapping Young Lad
Fear Factory
by Crazy Joe Davola August 06, 2006
A movement in music that started in the late 60's with Black Sabbath. Metal is generally classified by a heavy sound and rebellious and/or angry lyrics. Most forms of metal require an incredible musical proficiency. If you don't believe that, pick up a guitar sometime and try to play "Raining Blood" by Slayer.

Metal is the antithesis of mainstream music. It is quite possibly the most technically demanding and misunderstood form of music there is.

Metal's image was severely damaged in the 80's, with poser bands like Poison and Whitesnake claiming to be metal, when they were nothing more than watered down rock. The damage to metal's image continues even to this day, with many people not in the know beliving metal to be men in glittery spandex and poodle hair prancing about on stage singing 'Talk Dirty To Me." If you want an idea of what Metal truly is, take a look and a listen at a band like Slayer.

Some people have the misconception that metal is incoherent and devoid of melody or talent. People who think this obviously haven't listened to Iron Maiden. Generally people with this attitude are morons who listen to U2, so their opinions really don't matter anyway.

And to the guy who said metal is 'like rock, only gay,' Shut up and listen to your Ricky Martin album, you fvcking toolbag.
"That's fucking METAL!!"
by Justin April 04, 2005
A form of music which has been taking a real battering for years now.

The main problem is, because of magazines and the APPALLING "Metal" sections in CD shops the first bands which pop into your average persons head when they thnk of metal actually AREN'T metal. This is made even worse by teenagers running around with poppy albums (i.e System of a downs latest two) and calling themselves metalheads, kids who would probably cry and cower after hearing a few minutes of Exhorders 'Slaughter in the Vatican'

I can think of 100's of bands misthought of as metal, from the false inclusion of hard rock legends like G n R as metal, right upto this new "Metalcore" fad, which is, when you step back, as close to metal as Britney Spears. And the problem is newcomers to the genre are put off by this crap which is pretending to be metal.

NOW, actual metal is propped up by a relatively tiny and extremely dedicated fanbase, with help from more casual listeners who may latch onto one of the sub-genres, such as Doom Metal. These people may not stand out as metalheads at all, but are infinitely more attuned to metal than the kid with the Trivium T-shirt, who goes on about how "metal" he is.
Commonly mistaken for metal:
- All Metalcore bands (granted there's some quite good stuff in there if you look beyong inane rubbish like BFMV, but it just isn't metal)
- Nu-Metal
- Hard rock bands: i.e Guns n Roses - Again, some good bands in there, but not metal.
- Glam metal, like Nu I reckon they only chose the name "metal" as it sounds better than "glam rock". Pretty much no connection whatsoever to actual metal.

Best of REAL metal (in my opinion):
Summoning, Artillery, Intruder, Testament, Wolfchant, Emperor, Fjoergyn, Death, Savatage, Coroner, Gamma Ray
by PsychoFox August 10, 2007
Pertaining to something that is deemed cool by listeners and followers of the metal genre. A replacement for the word "cool" by metal heads.
When something isn't metal it is considered Lame.
Dude, your clothes are totally metal.
Dude, don't cry, that's totally not metal.
by GodofMetal April 04, 2010
A genre of music that splices with the soul of its listeners, relieves the volcanic frustrations of those who have no other outlet to release into and entrances the minds and hearts of Metalheads internationally to create the familial bonds of respect. No other genre can compare to the brutal and hallowed desecration of the senses that metal inflicts upon the masses. Those who do not understand the therapeutic properties of the music interpret it as Satanic Blasphemy, when in reality; they should be thanking metal for giving Metalheads another alternative besides the animalistic annihilation of everyone who has given them reason for murder.
Metal evolved from Classical music, Blues and Rock to birth the likes of: Black Sabbath, Slayer, Pantera, Autopsy, Lamb of God, Morbid Angel, Dissection, etc...
by Tremor_of_the_Blast Beats March 25, 2009
A genre of music, heavier than rock. Metal bands include, but are not limited to, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Anthrax, Pantera, Megadeth, Down, Black Label Society, Slayer, Danzig, and Iron Maiden just to name a few. There are too many subgenres, like thrash metal , death metal, metalcore, power metal, doom metal, and black metal, again just to name a few. The image of metal has been tainted by whiny emo bands who try to classify themselves as metal, giving metal heads the image of suicidal, stupid, junkies who aren't going anywhere in life. This is a stereotype and definitly doesn't describe even half the people who listen to metal
It's all about pure fuckin metal
by thissucksletsgogetdrunk October 17, 2009
A very judged and ridiculed type of awsome music. Often put off because of it's sheer intensity, and harsh lyrics, metal is one of the few genres of music that can take the criticism and spit it back out, twice as lound and twice as angry. Often metal bands are looked at as un-inteligent brutes, but in retro-spective, they are some of the smartest and most politicly aware type's of people around. A great example of this is Dee Snider (Twisted Sister). In his court case back in the eighties, the judges and prosecutors had not readied themselves for anything. Thinking him to be totaly outclassed and outsmarted, they sat back and watched as he enterd the court room. So they though, a lamb to the slaughter. But upon his arival, he sat down calmly, pulled out his papers, and deliverd such a rousing case that the judge and the prosecutors were dumbstruck. They were left speachless, and without a claim to make, they were forced to close the case against him, and drop the charges on him.

Many other Metal artists are looked down upon because of their music. Eg: Marilyn Manson, Till Lindmann, Alice Cooper, Danny Filth, Cory Tailor, ect...\

But In the end, its a great type of music, consisting of many different sub-genres that make it very diverse. Eg: Speed, Thrash, Grindcore, Industrial, Neo-classical, Death, Black, Swedish, Alternitive, Nu, Power, Progressive, Folk, Glam, Gothcore, Symphonic, Techno and Opratic. Suited to many different types of people. Thus, giving the term Metalhead a whole new meaning.
Arch Enemy, Slipknot, System of a down, Rammstein, Shadows Fall, Children of Bodom, Slayer, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Megadeath, Disturbed, Godsmack, Lamb of God, Opeth, Nechrophagist, Dark Tranquility, Aman Amarth, Trivium, Meshugga, In Flames, Mudvayne, Naglfar, Cannibal Corpse, Black Lable Society, Iced Earth, Mushroomhead, Saliva, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Metalica, Twisted sister, The Dead Kenadies, Cradle of Filth, Murder Dolls, Papa Roach, Killswitch Engage, and many many more...
Metal is awsome!!
by Thomas Collins January 09, 2007

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