A type of music characterized by it's cacophonous wall of sound and accelerated tempo which is achieved through distorted electric guitars playing fast-paced riffs, with the driving drumbeat often utilizing hypersonic double bass rhythms and emphasizing the continuous pumping action, the bass guitar is often playing similar to the guitar, but more with the drums, so as to add to the overall heavyness and depth. It can manifest in many different forms and the spectrum of intensity is usually quite varied. From slow and heavy melodic grooves, to complex and precise blinding rhythms, odd time changes, and sheer brutality.. metal comes in many shapes and sizes. One common trait of metal is to have vocals dealing with dark subject matter, often sung with anger, aggression, and conviction in the form of screaming. Melodic smooth vocals are also accepted. Solos are an integral part of metal music, as the icing on the cake to complement the heavy intensity of the songs and add more depth and individuality. Real metal has a solo in every song, usually scales and arpeggios played with some changes often in 8th, 16th, or 32nd notes..if only a few quick licks. Metal is progressive and dynamic, and usually provokes feelings that are therapeutic to the listener. Metal is rock music that has evolved.
Opeth, Death, Slayer, Pantera, Iced Earth, In Flames, Testament
Simply the best subgenre of metal
out there. Combines the distorted guitars and powerful drums of metal with the beautiful symphonic sound of classical
orchestra instruments, such as violins
Some great symphonic metal bands include: Rhapsody of Fire, Therion, Symphony X, Nightwish, Kamelot, Angra, and more
Tarja Turunen, singer of a finnish band called Nightwish. She has a beautiful voice! Nightwish rocks!
It would be nice to hear Tarja and Ville Valo singing together!!!!
The new vocalist of the symphonic metal band, Nightwish. She is a soprano and was previously in a 1980's metal band called Alyson Avenue. She currently lives in Sweden with her husband and son. She has only done one album with Nightwish so far, entitled "Dark Passion Play", which was released on September 28th, 2007.
Anette Olzon is a natural soprano.
Also home of great rally drivers and people who can drink pretty much anyone under the table.
Contrary to about 400 of the definitions already listed here, Heavy Metal has nothing to do with Marilyn Manson. Heavy Metal is a genre of music inspired by American Blues music, in which people began to exploit the characteristics of the electric guitar to create louder, more discordant sounds. Heavy Metal is characterized by fast tempo, agressive rythm, and grandoise lyrics, often involving such themes as drug abuse, death, or political issues.
Megadeth, Metallica, Judas Priest = Metal
Marilyn manson, Linkin Park, rapcore music = Not Metal
Power Metal is the description for today's "true heavy metal" sound. Power Metal bands are always guitar driven, with keyboards rarely making much of an appearance. The vocals are of the clean sounding variety, and usually feature very powerful, talented vocalists who can really reach the upper ranges of the vocal spectrum.
Generally, the songs are fast paced, and employ fantasy themes including (but not limited to) dragons, gladiators, warriors, valhalla, Lord of the Rings, polished steel weapons, and generally conceptual themes that deal with very "manly" concepts, at least in a historical sense. You will rarely find songs about love, sadness, or failure.
Power Metal is very uplifting, powerful music, that appeals to people who like to get inspiration from their tunes. Catchy, epic, and generally enjoyable as hell, Power Metal is a great genre that, regrettably, far too few people know about.
Lost Horizon is the finest example of power metal in the world today.
Finnish Opera Singer with a beautifoul voice and looks*drewl*
was kicked out of Nightwish
Because she was a diva and wasn't too nice to the other members of the nightwish-crew
Tarja Turunen is a Diva
The Bible followers of the Nightwish
cult follow. This doctrine lists ways in which followers of the God Tuomas Holopainen
live their day to day lives. If the laws are not obeyed, followers find themselves banished to the Dreamer's Hideaway, for 1001 nights, where they are made a whore for the Sailor of the Cold World. Once the wolves have arrived after the 7 days, followers plant Amaranth flowers in the Meadows of Heaven. This ritual is dedicated to whoever brings the night on the Island of Eva.
The opening ritual of any gathering on the Island of Eva is opened with the ritual decapitation of the Poet. After, followers are required to spit on the poet's grave. This ritual is said to have given birth to the Dark Passion Play.