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How Heavy Metal Has Changed

By on September 14, 2017

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Heavy metal has gone through a lot of changes over the years. It started in the 70s with a lot of British hard rock bands who redefined rock ‘n roll and created a whole new genre. It was deemed heavy metal. Such members of this new group were Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Blue Oyster Cult. They took rock ‘n roll and made it a lot heavier and darker. Even the bass guitar which used to be a timekeeping instrument, into a booming part of the ensemble.

In the 80s, things changed. Heavy metal took on a more glamorous look. Musicians started wearing makeup, and styling their hair in a formal way. Some people even called it glam metal. As the musicians got softer in their appearance, the music also came down a notch. It wasn’t quite as loud and heavy as before, and had more of a rhythm similar to traditional rock ‘n roll. They took to the airwaves promoting a lifestyle that revolved around beautiful women and stylish appearance. They lost a lots of the traditional audience who could not relate to the dolling up of the music. They stuck to the older artists who played the sounds they enjoyed.

Poison Hair band era

 

Then came the 90s. The era of grunge. This was a completely different style that stripped down the musicians to their barest essentials. The fashion was literally just jeans and T-shirts and flannel became the new go to shirt. They were very raw and rough looking, but the sound mirrored the early 70s metal music. Many of the bands such as Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Mudhoney embraced their predecessors and even took to the stage with them to show the support for their roots. Pearl Jam was known to tour with Neil Young, and the Smashing Pumpkins played entire tours with Cheap Trick. The hairbands of the 80s were nowhere to be found. This era brought the largest mainstream audience to heavy rock ‘n roll music. Some players adapted, or took on new roles in the music world. Heavy metal drummer Jon Kois decided to go into studio work and teach others. Many got to learn beginners Drum lessons as a product of his experience.

Pearl Jam grunge era

In the early 2000’s, the music stayed the same, but the musicians took on a cleaner look. They didn’t look as downtrodden as the punkesque grunge players, but the music carried the same clean sound as their predecessors. This also brought the age of rap meets rock bands. Some groups have experimented with this form with a little success, but a number of bands brought it to the mainstream. Players such as Linkin park, and Papa Roach took the once urban form of rap music and utilized it on the rock ‘n roll stage. This leading to the greatest rap rock band ever to come out; Rage Against the Machine. They were very angry and political, and express their views with heavy rock and almost slam poetry type lyrics.

These days, heavy metal really doesn’t form to particular style. There are bands that represent all of the past genres and they coincide perfectly in a new rock environment. The grunge phase of the 90s and the big players of the 2000s have held their ground and carry on by influencing all the new bands that come out today. What will the next decade bring? I’m not sure. But it should be very exciting.

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The 5 Best Heavy Metal Bands of All Time

By on September 11, 2017
The 5 Best Heavy Metal Bands of All Time

Music is the best medicine in times of weakness and stress. Music heals every soul every time the favorite song is played. There have been several metal bands that have been everyone’s favorite. They have an amazing quality of music. Here are the best five metal bands of all time;

1. Metallica

One of the very best metal bands ever. The band is of an American origin and is based in a place called San Rafael which is found in California. This metal band was started in the year 1981 and the founder was a vocalist and guitarist called James Hetfield. The band was founded in Los Angeles in the United States. The other members of the band are Lars Ulrich who is plays drums. Another member is Kirk Hammet who is actually their lead guitarist. The other member is Robert Trujillo who joined in 2003. He plays the bass guitar. They are signed to major record labels such as Universal Music Group and Elektra Records.  Have a look at them live to see how amazing they are.

2. Iron Maiden

This is also one of the best ever metal bands ever. This band was started in 1975 in the United Kingdom. It originated from Leyton in the East London. It was started by Steve Harris who is the main songwriter and is also well skilled as a bassist. The members of the band are Steve Harris, Adan smith who plays the guitar, Dave Murray who also plays the guitar and Bruce Dickinson who is the Lead vocalist. Some of their albums include Fear of the dark that was released in 1992 and Killers released in 1981 and many others.

3. Judas Priest

This is a metal band that was started in the United Kingdom in the year 1969. It was formed in Birmingham. They have enjoyed so much success in their music career and have sold about 50 million albums. The members of the band are Rob Halford who is the lead vocalist, Glenn Tip and Richie Faulkner who both play the guitar and Ian Hill who plays the bass guitar.

4. Arch Enemy

It was initially formed as a super group in 1996. It was started in Sweden as a metal band. They are signed to major record labels such as Century media records and Regain records. Some of their albums include Khaos Legions and War Eternity.

5. Black Sabbath

This is a metal band that was started in Birmingham in the United Kingdom by their leader and songwriter Tony Iommi. Others members are Ozzy Osbourne who was the lead vocalist, Geezer Butler and Ronnie James Dio.

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Defining Heavy Metal

By on September 8, 2017
Defining Heavy Metal

When it comes to heavy metal music you’ll find that it doesn’t get the attention of other music genres.  It is rarely played on the radio and it is often portrayed as being loud, screaming and angry.  It has a lot of negative connotations in the music world, most of which are pretty undeserving.  If you can see past the stereotypes you might find you enjoy the beauty and complexity of heavy metal music.

Defining Heavy Metal

Like any other genre of music it has its own subgenres like death metal, thrash metal, hardcore, power metal and yes, even classic metal.  You can take those subgenres and go even further in breaking them down.  Most bands in the world of heavy metal aren’t so easily thrust into just one category they often fit into more than one.  Those are the more popular and interesting heavy metal bands, they use their own inspiration and talent to define their work.

These musicians are the rebels, they don’t listen to record companies or get pigeonholed.  They don’t play music based on the genre they have been thrust into, rather they play the music they love.  These are the musicians that are worth listening to, these are the musicians that give us the best of heavy metal.

Inspirational Musicians

Just like any other genre in music there are founders and big names in the industry and you will hear their influences among the newer and up and coming musicians.  Some of these names will include names like James Hetfield from Metallica and bands like Judas Priest.  While these are incredibly popular with some of them enjoying mainstream fame, there are hundreds of other bands and musicians that comprise the genre.

Try New Music

New artists take inspiration from the veteran artists and take that and make it their own creating some brilliant music.  These artists will only be discovered if someone gives them a chance and listens to their music.  If you’re already a fan of heavy metal then this isn’t much of a challenge, but if you aren’t then try getting past the stereotypes and give this music a chance.  If you heard a song that you didn’t like in the past don’t let it stop you from listening to new music.

Yes, I understand the stereotypes that surround heavy metal but I encourage you give it a try.  Don’t let the band names turn you off look past that and try listening to the music instead.  Try different subgenres and listen to different songs, you’ll find defining heavy metal is different than you thought.

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