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9th Feb '16 12:38:58 AM 10-13-2
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* HeavyMetal usually doesn't have the stereotypical "doodily-doodily-doo" guitar sound. You're probably thinking of either HairMetal (which is, relatively speaking, a footnote in the genre's history) or the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Music/JudasPriest, Music/IronMaiden) and the American bands they inspired (Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Slayer}}). The earliest metal bands (Music/DeepPurple, Music/BlueOysterCult) would ''occasionally'' perform hammer-ons, but for the most part their music wasn't especially technically accomplished and was really nothing more than standard HardRock played at extreme volume. Hammer-ons didn't become semi-obligatory until the coming of Music/VanHalen in 1978 - and even after that, many of the hair bands used them only sparingly, or sometimes not at all. Then, in TheNineties, NuMetal (Music/Slipknot, etc.) shifted the focus away from guitar solos and back toward riffs, albeit less pentatonic (blues-based) ones. Part of the problem is that popular culture (or, specifically, [[TotallyRadical people who know next to nothing about metal]]) has for years pounded into viewers' brains [[TheThemeParkVersion a ridiculously cartoonish image of heavy metal]], complete with a crazy guitar sound, wild hair, and [[PantheraAwesome leopard-print spandex]].
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* HeavyMetal usually doesn't have the stereotypical "doodily-doodily-doo" guitar sound. You're probably thinking of either HairMetal (which is, relatively speaking, a footnote in the genre's history) or the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Music/JudasPriest, Music/IronMaiden) and the American bands they inspired (Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Slayer}}). The earliest metal bands (Music/DeepPurple, Music/BlueOysterCult) would ''occasionally'' perform hammer-ons, but for the most part their music wasn't especially technically accomplished and was really nothing more than standard HardRock played at extreme volume. Hammer-ons didn't become semi-obligatory until the coming of Music/VanHalen in 1978 - and even after that, many of the hair bands used them only sparingly, or sometimes not at all. Then, in TheNineties, NuMetal (Music/Slipknot, etc.) shifted the focus away from guitar solos and back toward riffs, albeit less pentatonic (blues-based) ones. (Ergo, what we have here is something of a DeadUnicornTrope.) Part of the problem is that popular culture (or, specifically, [[TotallyRadical people who know next to nothing about metal]]) has for years pounded into viewers' brains [[TheThemeParkVersion a ridiculously cartoonish image of heavy metal]], complete with a crazy guitar sound, wild hair, and [[PantheraAwesome leopard-print spandex]].

* Many of the physical feats seen in {{WWE}} rings simply must be seen to be believed, because hardly anyone would ever believe you if you simply told them. While the astonishment could be due to [[MusclesAreMeaningless the deceptively lean and/or compact bodies of some Superstars hiding a substantial amount of muscle mass]], another factor is that the matches are carefully choreographed (the moves often improvised, but those moves having been meticulously worked out by others in years past, and performers whispering the moves to each other during a match if that is the case) and both "competitors" cooperating to provide the dominant Superstar with leverage. Wrestling/AntonioCesaro opened a lot of eyes when he demonstrated his talent for swinging opponents around by their ankles for half a minute at a time, despite appearing to possess only average physical strength. Never are these feats more astounding than when performed by Divas - and this goes for the [[FauxActionGirl Faux Action Girls]], too. There exists WWE footage of Wrestling/StacyKeibler [[PintSizedPowerhouse bodyslamming other Divas despite looking borderline malnourished]], and on at least one occasion Wrestling/MariaKanellis managed to put Wrestling/Natalya - a Diva roughly three times her size - [[WaifFu in a wrist lock for a second or two]]. (Of course, is wrestling were ''truly'' real, it would be very boring because guys like Wrestling/KurtAngle and Shelton Benjamin would win every single time.)
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* Many of the physical feats seen in {{WWE}} rings simply must be seen to be believed, because hardly anyone would ever believe you if you simply told them. While the astonishment could be due to [[MusclesAreMeaningless the deceptively lean and/or compact bodies of some Superstars hiding a substantial amount of muscle mass]], another factor is that the matches are carefully choreographed (the moves often improvised, but those moves having been meticulously worked out by others in years past, and performers whispering the moves to each other during a match if that is the case) and both "competitors" cooperating cooperate to provide the dominant "dominant" Superstar with leverage. Wrestling/AntonioCesaro opened a lot of eyes when he demonstrated his talent for swinging opponents around by their ankles for half a minute at a time, despite appearing to possess only average physical strength. Never are these feats more astounding than when performed by Divas - and this goes for the [[FauxActionGirl Faux Action Girls]], too. There exists WWE footage of Wrestling/StacyKeibler [[PintSizedPowerhouse bodyslamming other Divas despite looking borderline malnourished]], and on at least one occasion Wrestling/MariaKanellis managed to put Wrestling/Natalya - a Diva roughly three times her size - [[WaifFu in a wrist lock for a second or two]]. (Of course, is wrestling were ''truly'' real, it would be very boring because guys like Wrestling/KurtAngle and Shelton Benjamin would win every single time.)
9th Feb '16 12:35:45 AM 10-13-2
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* Here's a neat wrestling example of both this trope ''and'' AluminumChristmasTrees. Many people are surprised when they learn that the "blood" shed in particularly violent wrestling matches...really ''is'' blood. It's commonly assumed that the red stuff is just a bunch of squeezed blood capsules - and indeed, it was from capsules in the past - but these days, in order to counter accusations that wrestling is "fake" [[EverybodyKnowsThat (which is pretty irrelevant by this point anyway)]] or that wrestlers are just actors and not true athletes, the performers have to "blade" (cut themselves when no one is looking) in order to make the blood "look" real. (And [[RefugeInAudacity they get away with it]], because, really, does anyone want to believe that these zealots, [[SeriousBusiness devoted to sports-entertainment though they may be]], would go so far as to ''actually'' indulge in self-abuse for others' entertainment? [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt The very idea!)]] Conversely, the fact that there's bleeding at all is in itself an example of Reality Is Unrealistic, since real-life fights tend to result in either no bloodshed or very little, but [[TheCoconutEffect we've been so conditioned by post-1970 action movies that heavy bloodshed = reality, wrestlers just have to blade]].
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* Here's a neat wrestling example of both this trope ''and'' AluminumChristmasTrees. Many people are surprised when they learn that the "blood" shed in particularly violent wrestling matches...really ''is'' blood. It's commonly assumed that the red stuff is just a bunch of squeezed blood capsules - and indeed, it was from capsules in the past - but these days, in order to counter accusations that wrestling is "fake" [[EverybodyKnowsThat (which is pretty irrelevant by this point anyway)]] or that wrestlers are just actors and not true athletes, the performers have to "blade" (cut themselves when no one is looking) in order to make the blood "look" real. (And [[RefugeInAudacity they get away with it]], because, really, does anyone want to believe that these zealots, [[SeriousBusiness devoted to sports-entertainment though they may be]], would go so far as to ''actually'' indulge in self-abuse for others' entertainment? [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt The very idea!)]] Conversely, the fact that there's bleeding at all is in itself an example of Reality Is Unrealistic, since real-life fights tend to result in either no bloodshed or very little, but [[TheCoconutEffect we've been so conditioned by post-1970 action movies that heavy bloodshed = reality, wrestlers just have to blade]]. So in conclusion, [[LogicBomb in order to make a fictional thing look real, pro wrestlers use a real thing that's assumed to be fictional]].
9th Feb '16 12:33:30 AM 10-13-2
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* Here's a neat wrestling example of both this trope ''and'' AluminumChristmasTrees. Many people are surprised when they learn that the "blood" shed in particularly violent wrestling matches...really ''is'' blood. It's commonly assumed that the red stuff is just a bunch of squeezed blood capsules - and indeed, it was from capsules in the past - but these days, in order to counter accusations that wrestling is "fake" [[EverybodyKnowsThat (which is pretty irrelevant by this point anyway)]] or that wrestlers are just actors and not true athletes, the performers have to "blade" (cut themselves when no one is looking) in order to make the blood "look" real. (And [[RefugeInAudacity they get away with it]], because, really, does anyone want to believe that these zealots, [[SeriousBusiness devoted to sports-entertainment though they may be]], would go so far as to ''actually'' indulge in self-abuse for others' entertainment? [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt The very idea!)]] Conversely, the fact that there's bleeding at all is in itself an example of this trope, since real-life fights tend to result in either no bloodshed or very little, but [[TheCoconutEffect we've been so conditioned by post-1970 action movies that heavy bloodshed = reality, wrestlers just have to blade]].
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* Here's a neat wrestling example of both this trope ''and'' AluminumChristmasTrees. Many people are surprised when they learn that the "blood" shed in particularly violent wrestling matches...really ''is'' blood. It's commonly assumed that the red stuff is just a bunch of squeezed blood capsules - and indeed, it was from capsules in the past - but these days, in order to counter accusations that wrestling is "fake" [[EverybodyKnowsThat (which is pretty irrelevant by this point anyway)]] or that wrestlers are just actors and not true athletes, the performers have to "blade" (cut themselves when no one is looking) in order to make the blood "look" real. (And [[RefugeInAudacity they get away with it]], because, really, does anyone want to believe that these zealots, [[SeriousBusiness devoted to sports-entertainment though they may be]], would go so far as to ''actually'' indulge in self-abuse for others' entertainment? [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt The very idea!)]] Conversely, the fact that there's bleeding at all is in itself an example of this trope, Reality Is Unrealistic, since real-life fights tend to result in either no bloodshed or very little, but [[TheCoconutEffect we've been so conditioned by post-1970 action movies that heavy bloodshed = reality, wrestlers just have to blade]].
9th Feb '16 12:30:58 AM 10-13-2
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* Many people are surprised when they learn that the "blood" shed in particularly violent wrestling matches...really ''is'' blood. It's commonly assumed that the red stuff is just a bunch of squeezed blood capsules - and indeed, it was from capsules in the past - but these days, in order to counter accusations that wrestling is "fake" [[EverybodyKnowsThat (which is pretty irrelevant by this point anyway)]] or that wrestlers are just actors and not true athletes, the performers have to "blade" (cut themselves when no one is looking) in order to make the blood "look" real. (And [[RefugeInAudacity they get away with it]], because, really, does anyone want to believe that these zealots, [[SeriousBusiness devoted to sports-entertainment though they may be]], would go so far as to ''actually'' indulge in self-abuse for others' entertainment? [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt The very idea!)]] And of course, the fact that there's bleeding at all is in itself an example of this trope, since real-life fights tend to result in either no bloodshed or very little, but [[TheCoconutEffect we've been so conditioned by post-1970 action movies that heavy bloodshed = reality, wrestlers just have to blade]].
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* Here's a neat wrestling example of both this trope ''and'' AluminumChristmasTrees. Many people are surprised when they learn that the "blood" shed in particularly violent wrestling matches...really ''is'' blood. It's commonly assumed that the red stuff is just a bunch of squeezed blood capsules - and indeed, it was from capsules in the past - but these days, in order to counter accusations that wrestling is "fake" [[EverybodyKnowsThat (which is pretty irrelevant by this point anyway)]] or that wrestlers are just actors and not true athletes, the performers have to "blade" (cut themselves when no one is looking) in order to make the blood "look" real. (And [[RefugeInAudacity they get away with it]], because, really, does anyone want to believe that these zealots, [[SeriousBusiness devoted to sports-entertainment though they may be]], would go so far as to ''actually'' indulge in self-abuse for others' entertainment? [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt The very idea!)]] And of course, Conversely, the fact that there's bleeding at all is in itself an example of this trope, since real-life fights tend to result in either no bloodshed or very little, but [[TheCoconutEffect we've been so conditioned by post-1970 action movies that heavy bloodshed = reality, wrestlers just have to blade]].
9th Feb '16 12:29:24 AM 10-13-2
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* Many people are surprised when they learn that the "blood" shed in particularly violent wrestling matches...really ''is'' blood. It's commonly assumed that the red stuff is just a bunch of squeezed blood capsules - and indeed, it was from capsules in the past - but these days, in order to counter accusations that wrestling is "fake" [[EverybodyKnowsThat (which is pretty irrelevant by this point anyway)]] or that wrestlers are just actors and not true athletes, the performers have to "blade" (cut themselves when no one is looking) in order to make the blood "look" real. And of course, the fact that there's bleeding at all is in itself an example of this trope, since real-life fights tend to result in either no bloodshed or very little, but [[TheCoconutEffect we've been so conditioned by post-1970 action movies that heavy bloodshed = reality, wrestlers just have to blade]].
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* Many people are surprised when they learn that the "blood" shed in particularly violent wrestling matches...really ''is'' blood. It's commonly assumed that the red stuff is just a bunch of squeezed blood capsules - and indeed, it was from capsules in the past - but these days, in order to counter accusations that wrestling is "fake" [[EverybodyKnowsThat (which is pretty irrelevant by this point anyway)]] or that wrestlers are just actors and not true athletes, the performers have to "blade" (cut themselves when no one is looking) in order to make the blood "look" real. (And [[RefugeInAudacity they get away with it]], because, really, does anyone want to believe that these zealots, [[SeriousBusiness devoted to sports-entertainment though they may be]], would go so far as to ''actually'' indulge in self-abuse for others' entertainment? [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt The very idea!)]] And of course, the fact that there's bleeding at all is in itself an example of this trope, since real-life fights tend to result in either no bloodshed or very little, but [[TheCoconutEffect we've been so conditioned by post-1970 action movies that heavy bloodshed = reality, wrestlers just have to blade]].
9th Feb '16 12:25:05 AM 10-13-2
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* Many of the physical feats seen in {{WWE}} rings simply must be seen to be believed, because hardly anyone would ever believe you if you simply told them. While the astonishment could be due to [[MusclesAreMeaningless the deceptively lean and/or compact bodies of some Superstars hiding a substantial amount of muscle mass]], another factor is that the matches are carefully choreographed (the moves often improvised, but those moves having been meticulously worked out by others in years past, and performers whispering the moves to each other during a match if that is the case) and both "competitors" cooperating to provide the dominant Superstar with leverage. Wrestling/AntonioCesaro opened a lot of eyes when he demonstrated his talent for swinging opponents around by their ankles for half a minute at a time, despite appearing to possess only average physical strength. Never are these feats more astounding than when performed by Divas - and the [[FauxActionGirl Faux Action Girls]], too. There exists WWE footage of Wrestling/StacyKeibler [[PintSizedPowerhouse bodyslamming other Divas despite looking borderline malnourished]], and on at least one occasion Wrestling/MariaKanellis managed to put Wrestling/Natalya - a Diva roughly three times her size - [[WaifFu in a wrist lock for a second or two]]. (Of course, is wrestling were ''truly'' real, it would be very boring because guys like Wrestling/KurtAngle and Shelton Benjamin would win every single time.)
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* Many of the physical feats seen in {{WWE}} rings simply must be seen to be believed, because hardly anyone would ever believe you if you simply told them. While the astonishment could be due to [[MusclesAreMeaningless the deceptively lean and/or compact bodies of some Superstars hiding a substantial amount of muscle mass]], another factor is that the matches are carefully choreographed (the moves often improvised, but those moves having been meticulously worked out by others in years past, and performers whispering the moves to each other during a match if that is the case) and both "competitors" cooperating to provide the dominant Superstar with leverage. Wrestling/AntonioCesaro opened a lot of eyes when he demonstrated his talent for swinging opponents around by their ankles for half a minute at a time, despite appearing to possess only average physical strength. Never are these feats more astounding than when performed by Divas - and this goes for the [[FauxActionGirl Faux Action Girls]], too. There exists WWE footage of Wrestling/StacyKeibler [[PintSizedPowerhouse bodyslamming other Divas despite looking borderline malnourished]], and on at least one occasion Wrestling/MariaKanellis managed to put Wrestling/Natalya - a Diva roughly three times her size - [[WaifFu in a wrist lock for a second or two]]. (Of course, is wrestling were ''truly'' real, it would be very boring because guys like Wrestling/KurtAngle and Shelton Benjamin would win every single time.)
9th Feb '16 12:22:26 AM 10-13-2
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* Many people are surprised when they learn that the "blood" shed in particularly violent wrestling matches...really ''is'' blood. It's commonly assumed that the red stuff is just a bunch of squeezed blood capsules - and indeed, it was from capsules in the past - but these days, in order to counter accusations that wrestling is "fake" [[EverybodyKnowsThat (which is pretty irrelevant by this point anyway)]] or that wrestlers are just actors and not true athletes, the performers have to "blade" (cut themselves when no one is looking) in order to make the blood "look" real. And of course, the fact that there's bleeding at all is in itself an example of this trope, since real-life fights tend to result in either no bloodshed or very little, but [[TheCoconutEffect we've been so conditioned by post-1970 action movies that heavy bloodshed = reality that wrestlers just have to blade]]. * Many of the physical feats seen in {{WWE}} rings simply must be seen to be believed, because hardly anyone would ever believe you if you simply told them. While the astonishment could be due to [[MusclesAreMeaningless the deceptively lean and/or compact bodies of some Superstars hiding a substantial amount of muscle mass]], another factor is that the matches are carefully choreographed (the moves often improvised, but those moves having been meticulously worked out by others in years past, and performers whispering the moves to each other during a match if that is the case) and both "competitors" cooperating to provide the dominant Superstar with leverage. Wrestling/AntonioCesaro opened a lot of eyes when he demonstrated his talent for swinging opponents around by their ankles for half a minute at a time, despite appearing to possess only average physical strength. Never are these feats more astounding than when performed by Divas - and the [[FauxActionGirl Faux Action Girls]], too. There exists WWE footage of Wrestling/StacyKeibler [[PintSizedPowerhouse bodyslamming other Divas despite looking borderline malnourished]], and on at least one occasion Wrestling/MariaKanellis managed to put Wrestling/Natalya - a Diva roughly three times her size - [[WaifFu in a wrist lock for a second or two]]. (Of course, is wrestling were ''truly'' real, it would be very boring because guys like Wrestling/KurtAngle and Wrestling/SheltonBenjamin would win every single time.) * Wrestling/KofiKingston got hit with this at the beginning of his career. Despite being from Ghana, he was [[WelcomeToJamaicaMon billed as a Jamaican and coached to speak in the stereotypical accent]], [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness which he dropped a year later]]. This may have been in part because [[ViewersAreMorons WWE was worried that most fans would not know where Ghana was]], but it was mainly because Kingston's accent is ''very'' Americanized, and "no one" would have ever believed he wasn't [[FakeNationality an African-American trying (and failing) to pass for a native African]].
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* Many people are surprised when they learn that the "blood" shed in particularly violent wrestling matches...really ''is'' blood. It's commonly assumed that the red stuff is just a bunch of squeezed blood capsules - and indeed, it was from capsules in the past - but these days, in order to counter accusations that wrestling is "fake" [[EverybodyKnowsThat (which is pretty irrelevant by this point anyway)]] or that wrestlers are just actors and not true athletes, the performers have to "blade" (cut themselves when no one is looking) in order to make the blood "look" real. And of course, the fact that there's bleeding at all is in itself an example of this trope, since real-life fights tend to result in either no bloodshed or very little, but [[TheCoconutEffect we've been so conditioned by post-1970 action movies that heavy bloodshed = reality that reality, wrestlers just have to blade]]. * Many of the physical feats seen in {{WWE}} rings simply must be seen to be believed, because hardly anyone would ever believe you if you simply told them. While the astonishment could be due to [[MusclesAreMeaningless the deceptively lean and/or compact bodies of some Superstars hiding a substantial amount of muscle mass]], another factor is that the matches are carefully choreographed (the moves often improvised, but those moves having been meticulously worked out by others in years past, and performers whispering the moves to each other during a match if that is the case) and both "competitors" cooperating to provide the dominant Superstar with leverage. Wrestling/AntonioCesaro opened a lot of eyes when he demonstrated his talent for swinging opponents around by their ankles for half a minute at a time, despite appearing to possess only average physical strength. Never are these feats more astounding than when performed by Divas - and the [[FauxActionGirl Faux Action Girls]], too. There exists WWE footage of Wrestling/StacyKeibler [[PintSizedPowerhouse bodyslamming other Divas despite looking borderline malnourished]], and on at least one occasion Wrestling/MariaKanellis managed to put Wrestling/Natalya - a Diva roughly three times her size - [[WaifFu in a wrist lock for a second or two]]. (Of course, is wrestling were ''truly'' real, it would be very boring because guys like Wrestling/KurtAngle and Wrestling/SheltonBenjamin Shelton Benjamin would win every single time.) * Wrestling/KofiKingston got hit with this at the beginning of his career. Despite being from Ghana, he was [[WelcomeToJamaicaMon [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon billed as a Jamaican and coached to speak in the stereotypical accent]], [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness which he dropped a year later]]. This may have been in part because [[ViewersAreMorons WWE was worried that most fans would not know where Ghana was]], but it was mainly because Kingston's accent is ''very'' Americanized, and "no one" would have ever believed he wasn't [[FakeNationality an African-American trying (and failing) to pass for a native African]].
6th Feb '16 4:59:33 PM 10-13-2
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5th Feb '16 9:50:43 PM 10-13-2
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* HeavyMetal usually doesn't have the stereotypical "doodily-doodily-doo" guitar sound. You're probably thinking of either HairMetal (which is, relatively speaking, a footnote in the genre's history) or the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Music/JudasPriest, Music/IronMaiden) and the American bands they inspired (Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Slayer}}). The earliest metal bands (Music/DeepPurple, Music/BlueOysterCult) would ''occasionally'' perform hammer-ons, but for the most part their music wasn't especially technically accomplished and was really nothing more than standard HardRock played at extreme volume. Hammer-ons didn't become semi-obligatory until the coming of Music/VanHalen in 1978 - and even after that, many of the hair bands used them only sparingly, or sometimes not at all. Then, in TheNineties, NuMetal (Music/Slipknot, etc.) shifted the focus away from guitar solos and back toward riffs, albeit less pentatonic (blues-based) ones. Part of the problem is that popular culture (or, specifically, [[TotallyRadical people who know next to nothing about metal]) has for years pounded into viewers' brains [[TheThemeParkVersion a ridiculously cartoonish image of heavy metal]], complete with a crazy guitar sound, wild hair, and [[PantheraAwesome leopard-print spandex]].
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* HeavyMetal usually doesn't have the stereotypical "doodily-doodily-doo" guitar sound. You're probably thinking of either HairMetal (which is, relatively speaking, a footnote in the genre's history) or the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Music/JudasPriest, Music/IronMaiden) and the American bands they inspired (Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Slayer}}). The earliest metal bands (Music/DeepPurple, Music/BlueOysterCult) would ''occasionally'' perform hammer-ons, but for the most part their music wasn't especially technically accomplished and was really nothing more than standard HardRock played at extreme volume. Hammer-ons didn't become semi-obligatory until the coming of Music/VanHalen in 1978 - and even after that, many of the hair bands used them only sparingly, or sometimes not at all. Then, in TheNineties, NuMetal (Music/Slipknot, etc.) shifted the focus away from guitar solos and back toward riffs, albeit less pentatonic (blues-based) ones. Part of the problem is that popular culture (or, specifically, [[TotallyRadical people who know next to nothing about metal]) metal]]) has for years pounded into viewers' brains [[TheThemeParkVersion a ridiculously cartoonish image of heavy metal]], complete with a crazy guitar sound, wild hair, and [[PantheraAwesome leopard-print spandex]].
5th Feb '16 9:49:15 PM 10-13-2
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* HeavyMetal usually doesn't have the stereotypical "doodily-doodily-doo" guitar sound. You're probably thinking of either HairMetal (which is, relatively speaking, a footnote in the genre's history) or the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Music/JudasPriest, Music/IronMaiden) and the American bands they inspired (Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Slayer}}). The earliest metal bands (Music/DeepPurple, Music/BlueOysterCult) would ''occasionally'' perform hammer-ons, but for the most part their music wasn't especially technically accomplished and was really nothing more than standard HardRock played at extreme volume. Hammer-ons didn't become semi-obligatory until the coming of Music/VanHalen in 1978 - and even after that, many of the hair bands used them only sparingly, or sometimes not at all. Then, in TheNineties, NuMetal shifted the focus away from guitar solos and back toward riffs, albeit less pentatonic [[explanation]] blues-based [[/explanation]] ones. Part of the problem is that popular culture (or, specifically, [[TotallyRadical people who know next to nothing about metal]) has for years pounded into viewers' brains [[TheThemeParkVersion a ridiculously cartoonish image of heavy metal]], complete with a crazy guitar sound, wild hair, and [[PantheraAwesome leopard-print spandex]].
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* HeavyMetal usually doesn't have the stereotypical "doodily-doodily-doo" guitar sound. You're probably thinking of either HairMetal (which is, relatively speaking, a footnote in the genre's history) or the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Music/JudasPriest, Music/IronMaiden) and the American bands they inspired (Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Slayer}}). The earliest metal bands (Music/DeepPurple, Music/BlueOysterCult) would ''occasionally'' perform hammer-ons, but for the most part their music wasn't especially technically accomplished and was really nothing more than standard HardRock played at extreme volume. Hammer-ons didn't become semi-obligatory until the coming of Music/VanHalen in 1978 - and even after that, many of the hair bands used them only sparingly, or sometimes not at all. Then, in TheNineties, NuMetal (Music/Slipknot, etc.) shifted the focus away from guitar solos and back toward riffs, albeit less pentatonic [[explanation]] blues-based [[/explanation]] (blues-based) ones. Part of the problem is that popular culture (or, specifically, [[TotallyRadical people who know next to nothing about metal]) has for years pounded into viewers' brains [[TheThemeParkVersion a ridiculously cartoonish image of heavy metal]], complete with a crazy guitar sound, wild hair, and [[PantheraAwesome leopard-print spandex]]. spandex]]. * Same with PunkRock, which until relatively recently received a crass depiction from mainstream media. It is ''not'' simply "metal with shorter haircuts."
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