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22nd Oct '17 11:12:46 AM nombretomado
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** Death metal is also known for its multiple fusion genres, such as with progressive metal (Music/{{Opeth}}, later Music/{{Death}} albums), NWOBHM (also known as MelodicDeathMetal - Music/AtTheGates, Music/InFlames, and Music/DarkTranquillity are generally regarded as the TropeMakers), or power metal (Music/ScarSymmetry). Bands filed under death metal tend to be diverse enough, such that CannibalCorpse (TropeCodifier for American death metal) might sound to some ears more like Music/{{Kreator}} than Music/AtTheGates, even though the former is a thrash metal band and the latter, death metal of the more melodic variety.

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** Death metal is also known for its multiple fusion genres, such as with progressive metal (Music/{{Opeth}}, later Music/{{Death}} albums), NWOBHM (also known as MelodicDeathMetal - Music/AtTheGates, Music/InFlames, and Music/DarkTranquillity are generally regarded as the TropeMakers), or power metal (Music/ScarSymmetry). Bands filed under death metal tend to be diverse enough, such that CannibalCorpse Music/CannibalCorpse (TropeCodifier for American death metal) might sound to some ears more like Music/{{Kreator}} than Music/AtTheGates, even though the former is a thrash metal band and the latter, death metal of the more melodic variety.
1st Oct '17 10:39:32 AM nombretomado
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** The other one is "melodic" or "pop" metalcore, which fuses MelodicDeathMetal with modern breakdown-oriented hardcore music. Its most iconic features are chugging "breakdowns" (where the tempo and musical complexity are reduced for a period and the band rides only one or two chords), disjointed song structures, and hoarse, shouted vocals alternated with clean poppy vocals that tend to be far tamer in range and intensity than usual metal singing. Later bands also take PopPunk and {{Emo}} influences. Bands that fall in this category include Music/{{Trivium}}, Music/ShadowsFall, Music/AsILayDying, and KillswitchEngage.

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** The other one is "melodic" or "pop" metalcore, which fuses MelodicDeathMetal with modern breakdown-oriented hardcore music. Its most iconic features are chugging "breakdowns" (where the tempo and musical complexity are reduced for a period and the band rides only one or two chords), disjointed song structures, and hoarse, shouted vocals alternated with clean poppy vocals that tend to be far tamer in range and intensity than usual metal singing. Later bands also take PopPunk and {{Emo}} influences. Bands that fall in this category include Music/{{Trivium}}, Music/ShadowsFall, Music/AsILayDying, and KillswitchEngage.Music/KillswitchEngage.
24th Sep '17 7:16:37 PM nombretomado
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* DeathMetal is a development of thrash metal, recognized by its gruesome themes involving corpses and gore, and low-pitched growled vocals. Music/{{Death}}, Possessed, Music/MorbidAngel, and Music/{{Deicide}} are names to know in this style. Started as an American thing, but has a following in Sweden as well. Swedish bands, such as AtTheGates, early Music/InFlames, and Music/EdgeOfSanity, are lower-key and more refined. Death metal is related to a very extreme offshoot of hardcore punk called "{{grindcore}}" that carries a similar ethos. The two often mix to form "death/grind" or "goregrind" bands, which are basically Death Metal carried UpToEleven and exemplified by bands with such charming names as Circle of Dead Children, Music/CattleDecapitation, and [[StealthParody Anal]] [[Music/AnalCunt Cunt]]. Death metal has a penchant for [[ContemptibleCover really disgusting album covers]]. This is one of the biggest metal genres today.
** Death metal is also known for its multiple fusion genres, such as with progressive metal (Music/{{Opeth}}, later Music/{{Death}} albums), NWOBHM (also known as MelodicDeathMetal - Music/AtTheGates, Music/InFlames, and Music/DarkTranquillity are generally regarded as the TropeMakers), or power metal (Music/ScarSymmetry). Bands filed under death metal tend to be diverse enough, such that CannibalCorpse (TropeCodifier for American death metal) might sound to some ears more like Music/{{Kreator}} than AtTheGates, even though the former is a thrash metal band and the latter, death metal of the more melodic variety.

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* DeathMetal is a development of thrash metal, recognized by its gruesome themes involving corpses and gore, and low-pitched growled vocals. Music/{{Death}}, Possessed, Music/MorbidAngel, and Music/{{Deicide}} are names to know in this style. Started as an American thing, but has a following in Sweden as well. Swedish bands, such as AtTheGates, Music/AtTheGates, early Music/InFlames, and Music/EdgeOfSanity, are lower-key and more refined. Death metal is related to a very extreme offshoot of hardcore punk called "{{grindcore}}" that carries a similar ethos. The two often mix to form "death/grind" or "goregrind" bands, which are basically Death Metal carried UpToEleven and exemplified by bands with such charming names as Circle of Dead Children, Music/CattleDecapitation, and [[StealthParody Anal]] [[Music/AnalCunt Cunt]]. Death metal has a penchant for [[ContemptibleCover really disgusting album covers]]. This is one of the biggest metal genres today.
** Death metal is also known for its multiple fusion genres, such as with progressive metal (Music/{{Opeth}}, later Music/{{Death}} albums), NWOBHM (also known as MelodicDeathMetal - Music/AtTheGates, Music/InFlames, and Music/DarkTranquillity are generally regarded as the TropeMakers), or power metal (Music/ScarSymmetry). Bands filed under death metal tend to be diverse enough, such that CannibalCorpse (TropeCodifier for American death metal) might sound to some ears more like Music/{{Kreator}} than AtTheGates, Music/AtTheGates, even though the former is a thrash metal band and the latter, death metal of the more melodic variety.
10th Aug '17 6:16:16 PM MissMokushiroku
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This new movement was called ''black metal'', an evolution of the violent extreme metal bands of TheEighties that was fiercely independent, virulently anti-mainstream, and even more provocative than its antecedents. Many of them believed that metal was doomed the moment it courted the mainstream, and cultivated a sound that was as exclusive and "out there" as possible. With deliberately muddy production, extremely harsh soundscapes, and anti-Christian lyrics that ranged from GodIsEvil to literal Satanism, black metal was the ultimate in cult fandoms (and some people have literally compared the early scene to a cult). While the movement was very small, often with album sales in triple digits, black metal musicians became most identified with a sort of cultural jihad against Christianity, with outrageous anti-religious statements, disturbing imagery featuring Satanic symbols, bondage gear, and ghoulish makeup, arsons and other attacks on churches and other Christian cultural sites, and identification with Norse mythology (whose association with ThoseWackyNazis was milked for all it was worth). The scene spread slowly but surely, first in Scandinavia and then worldwide, with black metal bands springing up in America, Eastern Europe, and even ''Japan''.

Other genres also began reaching their stride or being born during the nineties, and it was during this time that metal's speed began to max out at abominably fast tempos. Punk was mixed with metal as far back as the seventies to produce NWOBHM and thrash metal, but in the late '80s, metal started returning the favor and several new strains of "punk metal," such as Metalcore, Crust, Fusion / Crossover, and Grindcore began to emerge, each varying in their proportion of metal and punk. Metalcore focused primarily on mixing the virtuosity of thrash with the rawness of hardcore punk (moreso than thrash already had), hence the term 'metalcore'. Compared to thrash, metalcore was more reliant on breakdowns and varying between clean singing and gravel growling. Crust focuses heavily on punk, and relies almost solely on guttural vocals. Fusion/crossover thrash is a more balanced mix of thrash and hardcore punk (moreso than metalcore), and follows thrash's jagged patterns with hardcore punk's straight-edge power. Grindcore emerged in Britain and the United States as one of the most extreme subgenres to date, with band such as Music/NapalmDeath and Music/AnalCunt pushing punk and metal to their absolute limits of speed and aggression (often within absurdly short songs). While employing techniques such as guttural screaming, Grindcore introduced the ''blast beat'', a form of drumming born from '80s punk with tempos reaching nigh-ridiculous levels, such as 250 bpm and higher.

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This new movement was called ''black metal'', an evolution of the violent extreme metal bands of TheEighties that was fiercely independent, virulently anti-mainstream, and even more provocative than its antecedents. Many of them believed that metal was doomed the moment it courted the mainstream, and cultivated a sound that was as exclusive and "out there" as possible. With deliberately muddy production, extremely harsh soundscapes, and anti-Christian lyrics that ranged from GodIsEvil to literal Satanism, black metal was the ultimate in cult fandoms (and some people have literally compared the early scene to a cult). While the movement was very small, often with album sales in triple digits, black metal musicians became most identified with a sort of cultural jihad against Christianity, with outrageous anti-religious statements, disturbing imagery featuring Satanic symbols, bondage gear, and ghoulish makeup, arsons and other attacks on churches and other Christian cultural sites, and identification with Norse mythology (whose association with ThoseWackyNazis was milked for all it was worth). The scene spread slowly but surely, first in Scandinavia and then worldwide, with black metal bands springing up in America, Eastern Europe, and even ''Japan''.

Japan.

Other genres also began reaching their stride or being were born during the nineties, and it was during this time that metal's speed began to max out at abominably fast tempos. Punk was mixed with metal as far back as the seventies to produce NWOBHM and thrash metal, but in the late '80s, metal started returning the favor and several new strains of "punk metal," such as Metalcore, Crust, Fusion / Crossover, and Grindcore began to emerge, each varying in their proportion of metal and punk. Metalcore focused primarily on mixing the virtuosity of thrash with the rawness of hardcore punk (moreso than thrash already had), hence the term 'metalcore'. Compared to thrash, metalcore was more reliant on breakdowns and varying between clean singing and gravel growling. Crust focuses heavily on punk, and relies almost solely on guttural vocals. Fusion/crossover thrash is a more balanced mix of thrash and hardcore punk (moreso than metalcore), and follows thrash's jagged patterns with hardcore punk's straight-edge power. Grindcore emerged in Britain and the United States as one of the most extreme subgenres to date, with band such as Music/NapalmDeath and Music/AnalCunt pushing punk and metal to their absolute limits of speed and aggression (often within absurdly short songs). While employing techniques such as guttural screaming, Grindcore introduced the ''blast beat'', a form of drumming born from '80s punk with tempos reaching nigh-ridiculous levels, such as 250 bpm and higher.



* While less of a subgenre than a style that is attached to a previously existing subgenre (usually power metal), SymphonicMetal has become increasingly popular in recent years. Combining aspects of heavy metal with the orchestral drama of film soundtracks and 19th-century classical, Symphonic metal features lush orchestral textures, provided either by synthesizers or a proper orchestra, and often female vocals, which are rare in other forms of heavy metal. More extreme symphonic bands often pair a female clean vocalist with a male harsh vocalist for a SopranoAndGravel effect. Music/{{Therion}} is the TropeMaker, Music/{{Nightwish}} is a TropeCodifier, with other important bands including Music/{{Epica}}, Music/WithinTemptation, and Rhapsody. Some (but by no means all) power metal bands add some orchestral sounds to their music, but it only really qualifies as "symphonic metal" if the orchestra is a dominant component of the music.

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* While less of a subgenre than a style that is attached to a previously existing subgenre (usually power metal), SymphonicMetal has become increasingly popular in recent years. Combining aspects of heavy metal with the orchestral drama of film soundtracks and 19th-century classical, Symphonic {{classical|Music}}, symphonic metal features lush orchestral textures, provided either by synthesizers or a proper orchestra, and often female vocals, which are rare in other forms of heavy metal. More extreme symphonic bands often pair a female clean vocalist with a male harsh vocalist for a SopranoAndGravel effect. Music/{{Therion}} is the TropeMaker, Music/{{Nightwish}} is a TropeCodifier, with other important bands including Music/{{Epica}}, Music/WithinTemptation, and Rhapsody. Some (but by no means all) power metal bands add some orchestral sounds to their music, but it only really qualifies as "symphonic metal" if the orchestra is a dominant component of the music.



* NuMetal is a genre that many metalheads despise that is seen as a combination of various different styles, including grunge, hip-hop, funk rock, hardcore and groove metal. The guitars are usually downtuned, the riffage isn't particularly complex, and the lyrics are often quite [[{{Wangst}} angsty]]. The normally hip-hop based turntables are often (but not always) used. Rapping is occasionally used. The genre was at it's peak in the late [[TheNineties '90s]] and early [[TurnOfTheMillennium '00s]], where it was easily the most profitable metal genre out there. Bands that fall into this genre (at least at some point) are Music/{{Korn}}, Music/{{Slipknot}}, Music/{{Deftones}}, Music/LimpBizkit, and Music/LinkinPark. It [[DeaderThanDisco died out]] in the mid-'00s and most bands associated with it either changed their sound or faded into general obscurity. However, it's beginning to see a [[PopularityPolynomial resurgence]] in the '10s as more and more bands integrate nu metal into their music, with successful results (though not nearly as successful as its prime). The genre is ''extremely'' controversial; Metal Archives for instance refers to it almost exclusively by its [[FanNickname detractor nickname]] "mallcore" and doesn't allow most bands who've been classified as this at some point in their careers on their website. [[BerserkButton Mentioning it near a metalhead is rather risky]]. We'll leave it at that...
* AlternativeMetal is the genre from which NuMetal originated. A rather diverse genre, which, as the title would imply, combines Metal riffs and darkness with AlternativeRock songwriting and musical touches. As mentioned, the genre is rather diverse- the aforementioned NuMetal, FunkMetal and IndustrialMetal are all arguably subgenres of it, and it overlaps quite a bit with {{Grunge}} and PostGrunge, especially on the heavier end. While not as divisive as NuMetal, it's still polarizing with more purist Metal audiences -- As with nu metal, Metal Archives doesn't allow most artists who fall under this umbrella on their site.

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* NuMetal is a genre that many metalheads despise that is seen as a combination of various different styles, including grunge, hip-hop, funk rock, hardcore and groove metal. The guitars are usually downtuned, the riffage isn't particularly complex, and the lyrics are often quite [[{{Wangst}} angsty]]. The normally hip-hop based turntables are often (but not always) used. Rapping is occasionally used. The genre was at it's its peak in the late [[TheNineties '90s]] and early [[TurnOfTheMillennium '00s]], where it was easily the most profitable metal genre out there. Bands that fall into this genre (at least at some point) are Music/{{Korn}}, Music/{{Slipknot}}, Music/{{Deftones}}, Music/LimpBizkit, and Music/LinkinPark. It [[DeaderThanDisco died out]] in the mid-'00s mid-'00s, and most bands associated with it either changed their sound or faded into general obscurity. However, it's beginning to see a [[PopularityPolynomial resurgence]] in the '10s TheNewTens as more and more bands integrate nu metal into their music, with successful results (though not nearly as successful as its prime). The genre is ''extremely'' controversial; Metal Archives for instance refers to it almost exclusively by controversial, and depending on who you ask, may not even be metal at all; its [[FanNickname detractor nickname]] "mallcore" and doesn't allow most bands who've been classified as this at some point in their careers on their website. [[BerserkButton Mentioning it near a metalhead is rather risky]]. We'll leave it at that...
commercial success led to the derogatory nickname "mallcore."
* AlternativeMetal is the genre from which NuMetal originated. A rather diverse genre, which, as the title would imply, combines Metal riffs and darkness with AlternativeRock songwriting and musical touches. As mentioned, the genre is rather diverse- the aforementioned NuMetal, FunkMetal and IndustrialMetal are all arguably subgenres of it, and it overlaps quite a bit with {{Grunge}} and PostGrunge, especially on the heavier end. While not as divisive as NuMetal, it's still polarizing with more purist Metal audiences -- As with nu metal, Metal Archives doesn't allow most artists who fall under this umbrella on their site.metal audiences.



As a traditionally niche genre that is currently a commercial darling, information about heavy metal is somewhat conflicting these days. The forums and album reviews at [[http://www.metal-archives.com Metal Archives]] will help you understand the metal community. They're not a forgiving forum due to having to deal with [[PeripheryDemographic Periphery Demographics]] and trolls a lot, so beware of InternetBackdraft if you decide to post. The black metal scene is the most prominent there too, so if you see someone write something really bizarre and/or offensive, it's almost certainly a black metal fan. Some black metallers can be... weird. Also, they tend to shun anything that isn't "definitively" heavy metal (that means, no alternative metal, mallcore, or glam metal).
13th Jun '17 2:40:14 PM Razor21792
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The source of the name "heavy metal" is, like most things to do with metal, hotly debated. Those who prefer a more "high culture" or "respectable" inspiration point to characters called "the Heavy Metal Kid" and "Heavy Metal People" in works by Creator/WilliamSBurroughs. Lowerbrow types often point to the line "heavy metal thunder" as a metaphor for the sound of motorbike engines in the proto-metal hit [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UWRypqz5-o "Born To Be Wild"]] by Music/{{Steppenwolf}}. More generally, the word "heavy" had been used for a long time among hippies to mean "serious" or "depressing", and some people point as well to the group of often-toxic chemical elements known as "heavy metals" in chemistry. Some claim that "heavy metal" is merely a natural progression of heaviness from "hard rock" and "heavy rock" (i.e. suggesting an even harder brand of music) so the term was inevitable. When it was first used and when it gained mainstream use is debated, but few deny that it was a well-established term in music by at least 1975, though it was referred to or was used interchangeably with 'heavy rock' and a multitude of heavy bands from Music/{{Rush}}, Music/UriahHeep to Buffalo, Music/{{Rainbow}} to Music/{{ACDC}} were all labeled heavy metal even if most didn't consider themselves such, tried to avoid the label, or weren't metal to begin with— even Music/{{Aerosmith}} was called an "American heavy metal-rock band!" This has led to a bit of confusion, with few of the bands being mentioned in the same breath as metal these days.



The source of the name "heavy metal" is, like most things to do with metal, hotly debated. Those who prefer a more "high culture" or "respectable" inspiration point to characters called "the Heavy Metal Kid" and "Heavy Metal People" in works by Creator/WilliamSBurroughs. Lowerbrow types often point to the line "heavy metal thunder" as a metaphor for the sound of motorbike engines in the proto-metal hit [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UWRypqz5-o "Born To Be Wild"]] by Music/{{Steppenwolf}}. More generally, the word "heavy" had been used for a long time among hippies to mean "serious" or "depressing", and some people point as well to the group of often-toxic chemical elements known as "heavy metals" in chemistry. Some claim that "heavy metal" is merely a natural progression of heaviness from "hard rock" and "heavy rock" (i.e. suggesting an even harder brand of music) so the term was inevitable. When it was first used and when it gained mainstream use is debated, but few deny that it was a well-established term in music by at least 1975, though it was referred to or was used interchangeably with 'heavy rock' and a multitude of heavy bands from Music/{{Rush}}, Music/UriahHeep to Buffalo, Music/{{Rainbow}} to Music/{{ACDC}} were all labeled heavy metal even if most didn't consider themselves such, tried to avoid the label, or weren't metal to begin with— even Music/{{Aerosmith}} was called an "American heavy metal-rock band!" This has led to a bit of confusion, with few of the bands being mentioned in the same breath as metal these days.
16th Apr '17 7:24:20 PM maxwellsilver
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But who strummed the first metal riff? Surprisingly, many consider Music/TheBeatles' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8SImoLm_UI "Helter Skelter"]] the first heavy metal song while the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OTvz1lJzmI electric guitar legend]], Music/JimiHendrix, is credited as a major inspiration with the story that a supposed music magazine article described his music as "like bars of metal raining down on the stage." Other potential starters include [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehwSEVbBZl4 Led Zeppelin]] [[Music/LedZeppelin in 1969]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU5uDozoSSM Blue Cheer in 1968]], and a very little known garage band, 'Bitter Creek', who played a very interestingly speed/sludge metal-esque song, '[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYqvyxK3Qpo Plastic Thunder]]— all the way back ''in 1967''.

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But who strummed the first metal riff? Surprisingly, many consider Music/TheBeatles' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8SImoLm_UI "Helter Skelter"]] the first heavy metal song while the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OTvz1lJzmI electric guitar legend]], Music/JimiHendrix, is credited as a major inspiration with the story that a supposed music magazine article described his music as "like bars of metal raining down on the stage." Other potential starters include Music/LedZeppelin [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehwSEVbBZl4 Led Zeppelin]] [[Music/LedZeppelin in 1969]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU5uDozoSSM Blue Cheer in 1968]], and a very little known garage band, 'Bitter Creek', who played a very interestingly speed/sludge metal-esque song, '[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYqvyxK3Qpo Plastic Thunder]]— all the way back ''in 1967''.
10th Feb '17 4:43:52 AM supergod
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* PowerMetal has a sort of dual origin, having arisen separately in the US and Europe, and mixed later, which leads to a very sharp divide between US and European power bands. As a rule, power metal is more thoughtful and orderly than most metal, with an emphasis on instrumental ability (but not to the degree of prog metal or [[TechnicalDeathMetal tech death]]) and fantastic lyrics. American power metal, typified by Music/{{Sanctuary}}, Attacker, Music/IcedEarth, Omen and {{Music/Savatage}}, is usually more aggressive, with influences from thrash and LowFantasy lyrics. European power metal, typified by Helloween, Music/{{Edguy}}, Stratovarius, and Music/BlindGuardian, is usually more melodic, with lots of synthesizers, a distinctive "double bass" beat, and HighFantasy or SciFi lyrics. [[StopHavingFunGuys Some metalheads look down on power metal and its fans for not being "metal" enough]], referring to the genre as "flower metal". Think of American power metal as Creator/RobertEHoward and European power metal as Creator/JRRTolkien. One might also say that power metal is also the most "traditional" (not necessarily retro) of all metal subgenres.

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* PowerMetal has a sort of dual origin, having arisen separately in the US and Europe, and mixed later, which leads to a very sharp divide between US and European power bands. As a rule, power metal is more thoughtful and orderly than most metal, with an emphasis on instrumental ability (but not to the degree of prog metal or [[TechnicalDeathMetal tech death]]) and fantastic lyrics. American power metal, typified by Music/{{Sanctuary}}, Attacker, Music/IcedEarth, Omen and {{Music/Savatage}}, is usually more aggressive, with influences from thrash and LowFantasy lyrics. European power metal, typified by Helloween, Music/{{Edguy}}, Stratovarius, and Music/BlindGuardian, is usually more melodic, with lots of synthesizers, a distinctive "double bass" beat, and HighFantasy or SciFi lyrics. [[StopHavingFunGuys Some metalheads look down on the less aggressive European power metal and its fans for not being "metal" enough]], referring to the genre as "flower metal". Think of American power metal as Creator/RobertEHoward and European power metal as Creator/JRRTolkien. One might also say that power metal is also the most "traditional" (not necessarily retro) of all metal subgenres.
10th Feb '17 4:26:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* PowerMetal has a sort of dual origin, having arisen separately in the US and Europe, and mixed later, which leads to a very sharp divide between US and European power bands. As a rule, power metal is more thoughtful and orderly than most metal, with an emphasis on instrumental ability (but not to the degree of prog metal or [[TechnicalDeathMetal tech death]]) and fantastic lyrics. American power metal, typified by Sanctuary, Attacker, IcedEarth, Omen and {{Music/Savatage}}, is usually more aggressive, with influences from thrash and LowFantasy lyrics. European power metal, typified by Helloween, Music/{{Edguy}}, Stratovarius, and Music/BlindGuardian, is usually more melodic, with lots of synthesizers, a distinctive "double bass" beat, and HighFantasy or SciFi lyrics. [[StopHavingFunGuys Some metalheads look down on power metal and its fans for not being "metal" enough]], referring to the genre as "flower metal". Think of American power metal as Creator/RobertEHoward and European power metal as Creator/JRRTolkien. One might also say that power metal is also the most "traditional" (not necessarily retro) of all metal subgenres.

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* PowerMetal has a sort of dual origin, having arisen separately in the US and Europe, and mixed later, which leads to a very sharp divide between US and European power bands. As a rule, power metal is more thoughtful and orderly than most metal, with an emphasis on instrumental ability (but not to the degree of prog metal or [[TechnicalDeathMetal tech death]]) and fantastic lyrics. American power metal, typified by Sanctuary, Music/{{Sanctuary}}, Attacker, IcedEarth, Music/IcedEarth, Omen and {{Music/Savatage}}, is usually more aggressive, with influences from thrash and LowFantasy lyrics. European power metal, typified by Helloween, Music/{{Edguy}}, Stratovarius, and Music/BlindGuardian, is usually more melodic, with lots of synthesizers, a distinctive "double bass" beat, and HighFantasy or SciFi lyrics. [[StopHavingFunGuys Some metalheads look down on power metal and its fans for not being "metal" enough]], referring to the genre as "flower metal". Think of American power metal as Creator/RobertEHoward and European power metal as Creator/JRRTolkien. One might also say that power metal is also the most "traditional" (not necessarily retro) of all metal subgenres.
10th Jan '17 5:27:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlackMetal is a development of early extreme metal, featuring tremolo-picked riffs, harsh shrieking vocals, "fuzzy" production, and extremely anti-Christian lyrics. The scene has a reputation for violence and criminal activity that is not entirely undeserved. This form of metal is a very niche product and proud to be so, but more commercial offshoots such as Music/DimmuBorgir and CradleOfFilth have seen some mainstream success. Unfortunately, this is the subgenre that far too many people think of when you mention metal nowadays, if it's not metalcore.

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* BlackMetal is a development of early extreme metal, featuring tremolo-picked riffs, harsh shrieking vocals, "fuzzy" production, and extremely anti-Christian lyrics. The scene has a reputation for violence and criminal activity that is not entirely undeserved. This form of metal is a very niche product and proud to be so, but more commercial offshoots such as Music/DimmuBorgir and CradleOfFilth Music/CradleOfFilth have seen some mainstream success. Unfortunately, this is the subgenre that far too many people think of when you mention metal nowadays, if it's not metalcore.
9th Jan '17 5:00:14 PM Morgenthaler
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** Death metal is also known for its multiple fusion genres, such as with progressive metal (Music/{{Opeth}}, later Music/{{Death}} albums), NWOBHM (also known as MelodicDeathMetal - AtTheGates, Music/InFlames, and DarkTranquillity are generally regarded as the TropeMakers), or power metal (ScarSymmetry). Bands filed under death metal tend to be diverse enough, such that CannibalCorpse (TropeCodifier for American death metal) might sound to some ears more like Music/{{Kreator}} than AtTheGates, even though the former is a thrash metal band and the latter, death metal of the more melodic variety.

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** Death metal is also known for its multiple fusion genres, such as with progressive metal (Music/{{Opeth}}, later Music/{{Death}} albums), NWOBHM (also known as MelodicDeathMetal - AtTheGates, Music/AtTheGates, Music/InFlames, and DarkTranquillity Music/DarkTranquillity are generally regarded as the TropeMakers), or power metal (ScarSymmetry).(Music/ScarSymmetry). Bands filed under death metal tend to be diverse enough, such that CannibalCorpse (TropeCodifier for American death metal) might sound to some ears more like Music/{{Kreator}} than AtTheGates, even though the former is a thrash metal band and the latter, death metal of the more melodic variety.
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