The bad. The US screaming crap that everyone judges it on. Idiot posers shouting and attacking their guitars. Sadly this rubbish is popular and gives eveyone a bad opinion of the genre. It sells itself on retarded image. eg Slipknot and System of a Down
The good stuff. Characterised by the best and most original lyrics in music, amazing guitar playing, some incredibly beautiful singing Tarja Turunen from Nightwish and some fo the most emotional songs ever Maiden's Paschendale. It is sold by the talent of all the members of the band most music is all about the singing.
The ugly. Weird stuff that isn't for everybody. Often with strange growling vocals not shouting. Eg Finntroll and the better songs of Cradle Of Filth
Me: *Plays Nightwish's Ghost Love Score*
Person: OMG that was so beautiful, my media brainwashed mind is now cleansed
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:
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