When Heavy Metal started flooding the ears of listeners during the late 1960’s, their were many thoughts and opinions on the sound. With roots in Psychedelic Rock and The Blues, Heavy Metal portrayed a thick, strong sound. The main characteristics of this new genre was its tendency to have very high, amplified distortion and long guitar solos. Heavy Metal was very known and understood to be generally loud. It’s lyrics — though they vary from band to band — were usually very masculine, aggressive and sometimes violent. Before long, those taking to this genre began acquiring the titles “metalheads” and “headbangers”. So who started this amazing ‘revolution’ in music?
The ‘Creators’ of Heavy Metal (1960’s-1970’s)
Bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple are looked upon with gratitude by true fans of Heavy Metal; even other sub-genres of metal. Creating and expediting this truly revolutionary genre was performed greatly by these bands. During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, these bands formed and started becoming extremely popular for Heavy Metal material. They took the spotlight for much of this decade until the 1980’s.
Time For Glam (1980’s)
During the early 1980’s, a newly developed genre similar to heavy metal arose. This was called Glam Metal. With popular Glam Metal bands such as Guns’n’Roses, Skid Row, Def Leppard and Poison, it was obvious to many that this new sound was here to stay. The differences in this new wave of sound were its ties to punk rock and pop. Contrary to mainline heavy metal, this sound tended to be a bit less aggressive, masculine and violent. This new sound was somewhat ‘forgotten’ between 92 and 94 because of the many various style of metal that arose during the 1990’s. Here are just a few:
Though very similar to its predecessors, Grunge had picked up a variety of different characteristics. These characteristics consisted of ‘growling’ vocals, apathetic or foreboding lyrics and has less interest in a dramatic stage presence. With popular advocates such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, these bands became favorites for young fans; especially those that felt they ‘didn’t belong’. Grunge was and is one of the most influential style of music. It affects many modern metal styles. But when Grunge Metal was quickly ‘dying out’, another style of metal was in the works:
Make It Groove(1990’s)
While Grunge was becoming more popular, and Glam falling out of favor, their came yet another style of metal: Groove Metal. A few popular Grove Metal style bands are Pantera, Lamb of God, Slayer and Soulfly. With many other styles of metal arising during this time, Groove Metals’ main characteristic was its way of playing Thrash Metal at more of a mid-tempo.
Time For The Nu(1990’s-2000’s)
Another rising style was a genre established as Nu Metal. Bands bearing the Nu Metal genre consist of Slipknot, Limp Bizkit and Korn. Nu Metal developed a tendency to combine Heavy Metal with Hip Hop and grunge styles. This genre of metal was particularly influential to the process of developing metal into what it is today.
Feel The Progressive(Mid 1990’s-Mid 2000’s)
Another very popular style of metal was Progressive Metal; also known as Prog. This subgenre includes bands like Metallica, Tool and Dream Theater. This style of music incorporates Jazz styles, Fusion and progressive rock. Progressive Metal is known as the mellow side of the mainline Heavy Metal genre.
Inside Metalcore(Early 2000’s-2010)
Metalcore, standing as an underground genre during most of the nineties with bands such as Converge and Hatebreed, became a phenomenon during the early to mid two thousands. Very popular bands such as Devil wears Prada, Bring Me The Horizon, As I Lay Dying and Killswitch Engage, took the spotlight for many fans of metal.
Though these are not all styles of Metal, these are a few of the most influential and memorable. The styles and skills incorporated in metal is a very fast paced gradual process. The accuracy in time of some styles aren’t always spot on, because of the unknown underground processes.
Whether you’re a ‘Metalhead’ or not, respecting the evolution in Heavy Metal is necessary. It’s a timeless story, constantly updating, developing and changing in general. Making Metal a part of your life may be essential in the understanding of this beatuiful thing called Metal.