History UsefulNotes / HeavyMetal

14th Aug '16 4:28:17 AM Morgenthaler
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** Power metal is also known for the amount of ease that it can be fused with other genres. For this reason, there are umbrella terms like progpower metal for bands that are one part progressive metal and one part power metal such as Music/{{Kamelot}} and Music/SymphonyX and thrash-power metal for bands that mix thrash metal and power metal such as IcedEarth and [[ThreeInchesOfBlood 3 Inches of Blood]].

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** Power metal is also known for the amount of ease that it can be fused with other genres. For this reason, there are umbrella terms like progpower metal for bands that are one part progressive metal and one part power metal such as Music/{{Kamelot}} and Music/SymphonyX and thrash-power metal for bands that mix thrash metal and power metal such as IcedEarth Music/IcedEarth and [[ThreeInchesOfBlood 3 Inches of Blood]].Music/ThreeInchesOfBlood.
21st Jun '16 7:55:17 PM gewunomox
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Though pop metal was off the charts in the US, it was reaching its zenith in other parts of the globe. One such place was Europe, where glam metal and grunge had much less impact than in the US. Just as Britain was contending with Madchester and the earliest days of {{Britpop}} (essentially their own version of Grunge), German act Helloween rose from a second-tier speed/power metal act to a megahit with their ''Keeper of the Seven Keys'' duology, which focused on catchy vocal melodies, a more light-hearted LighterAndSofter attitude, and influences from synthesizer-heavy European pop music, spawning hundreds of imitators throughout TheNineties. Music/DreamTheater created a modest but enduring fanbase by taking the progressive rock influences on power metal and running with them, merging metal and prog-rock into a unique new "progressive metal" sound that found a following with people who wanted something "smarter" than grunge. Their sophomore effort ''Images and Words'' sold 800,000 copies despite being released at the height of the grunge craze. Pantera rides upon the fame and knowledge that they kept heavy metal alive through its Dark Age, with their grooving mid-tempo thrash connecting with millions of fans [[NuMetal (though inadvertently laying the groundwork for another "groove" movement).]] Black Sabbath survived by ignoring most of the developments of the 80s and returning to the bluesy, stomping proto-heavy metal that had carried them through TheSeventies, culminating in a brief resurgence of fame as they reunited with former frontman RonnieJamesDio for the 1992 album ''Dehumanizer'', which is still highly regarded to this day. Death metal, a niche genre to begin with, maintained a small but devoted fanbase, with an up-and-coming band from Long Island by the name of Music/{{Suffocation}} making a particularly big splash in 1991 with ''Effigy of the Forgotten'', their Roadrunner debut, which combined extreme heaviness and technical proficiency to create a new style of death metal that would slowly but surely shape the scene to come. And a group of musicians in Norway had turned the chaotic extreme metal scene into a coherent musical movement that would gain notoriety far beyond its small fanbase.

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Though pop metal was off the charts in the US, it was reaching its zenith in other parts of the globe. One such place was Europe, where glam metal and grunge had much less impact than in the US. Just as Britain was contending with Madchester and the earliest days of {{Britpop}} (essentially their own version of Grunge), German act Helloween rose from a second-tier speed/power metal act to a megahit with their ''Keeper of the Seven Keys'' duology, which focused on catchy vocal melodies, a more light-hearted LighterAndSofter attitude, and influences from synthesizer-heavy European pop music, spawning hundreds of imitators throughout TheNineties. Music/DreamTheater created a modest but enduring fanbase by taking the progressive rock influences on power metal and running with them, merging metal and prog-rock into a unique new "progressive metal" sound that found a following with people who wanted something "smarter" than grunge. Their sophomore effort ''Images and Words'' sold 800,000 copies despite being released at the height of the grunge craze. Pantera rides upon the fame and knowledge that they kept heavy metal alive through its Dark Age, with their grooving mid-tempo thrash connecting with millions of fans [[NuMetal (though inadvertently laying the groundwork for another "groove" movement).]] Black Sabbath survived by ignoring most of the developments of the 80s and returning to the bluesy, stomping proto-heavy metal that had carried them through TheSeventies, culminating in a brief resurgence of fame as they reunited with former frontman RonnieJamesDio Music/RonnieJamesDio for the 1992 album ''Dehumanizer'', which is still highly regarded to this day. Death metal, a niche genre to begin with, maintained a small but devoted fanbase, with an up-and-coming band from Long Island by the name of Music/{{Suffocation}} making a particularly big splash in 1991 with ''Effigy of the Forgotten'', their Roadrunner debut, which combined extreme heaviness and technical proficiency to create a new style of death metal that would slowly but surely shape the scene to come. And a group of musicians in Norway had turned the chaotic extreme metal scene into a coherent musical movement that would gain notoriety far beyond its small fanbase.
12th May '16 1:30:44 PM Jeroic
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** Death metal also introduced to the world the "death growl" (also known as 'cookie monster vocals', 'guttural screams,' and 'death screams') which is the aforementioned growled vocals. Whereas thrash metal featured graveling singing styles, death metal has become famous for its vocalists not even sounding human (for a comparison to any who are unfamiliar, imagine a low bear or a lion or, more accurately, a demonic growl)

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** Death metal also introduced to the world the "death growl" (also known as 'cookie monster vocals', 'guttural screams,' and 'death screams') which is the aforementioned growled vocals. Whereas thrash metal featured graveling singing styles, death metal has become famous for its vocalists not even sounding human (for a comparison to any who are unfamiliar, imagine a low bear or a lion or, more accurately, a demonic growl)growl although which term is most accurate depends on the vocalist in question)
11th May '16 5:17:57 AM spirasen
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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. {{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.

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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. {{Death}}, 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.
11th May '16 5:08:15 AM spirasen
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** Death metal is also known for its multiple fusion genres, such as with progressive metal ({{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 ({{Opeth}}, (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.
22nd Apr '16 11:34:26 PM aye_amber
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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 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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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', "punk metal," such as Metalcore, Crust, Fusion/Crossover, 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 NapalmDeath 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.
21st Apr '16 4:00:16 AM supergod
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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. Black metallers are... Weird. Also, they tend to shun anything that isn't "definitively" heavy metal (that means, no alternative metal, mallcore, or glam metal).

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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. Black Some black metallers are... Weird.can be... weird. Also, they tend to shun anything that isn't "definitively" heavy metal (that means, no alternative metal, mallcore, or glam metal).
20th Apr '16 6:51:08 PM aye_amber
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** Relatively recently, Japan's power metal scene has started to produce its own brand of power metal with bands that cues from European neo-classical metal bands such as Music/{{Stratovarius}} and Music/YngwieMalmsteen's Rising Force. As with their European neo-classical metal cousins, Japanese power metal tends to be fast paced and song writing is based heavily on classical music. Examples of Japanese power metal bands include post-1993 Music/XJapan (before 1993, as mentioned above, it was speed metal/thrash metal outside of ballads), Music/{{Galneryus}}, ConcertoMoon and Music/{{Versailles}}.

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** Relatively recently, Japan's power metal scene has started to produce its own brand of power metal with bands that cues from European neo-classical metal bands such as Music/{{Stratovarius}} and Music/YngwieMalmsteen's Rising Force. As with their European neo-classical metal cousins, Japanese power metal tends to be fast paced and song writing is based heavily on classical music. Examples of Japanese power metal bands include post-1993 Music/XJapan (before 1993, as mentioned above, it was speed metal/thrash metal outside of ballads), Music/{{Galneryus}}, ConcertoMoon ''Concerto Moon,'' and Music/{{Versailles}}.
20th Apr '16 6:49:06 PM aye_amber
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* GrooveMetal (also known as post-thrash metal) is a style that emerged in the early 90s which takes the guitar style, aggressive vocal delivery and technical skill of thrash and fuses with more hard rock-esque song structures and slower tempos. As its name suggests, it has a greater emphasis on rhythm and "groove" than thrash metal. Debates rage as to whether the true originator of the style was Exhorder or the [[GenrePopularizer Genre Popularizers]] Music/{{Pantera}}, but in either case it was something of a commercial peak for the genre in the early 90s before the dominance of NuMetal - Pantera's seventh album ''Far Beyond Driven'' debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard charts in the US, easily the most extreme album to do so at that point. Later notable bands in the genre included Music/{{Sepultura}}, Throwdown, Music/MachineHead, and [=DevilDriver=].

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. Black metallers are... weird. Also, they tend to shun anything that isn't "definitively" heavy metal (that means, no alternative metal, mallcore, or glam metal)

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* GrooveMetal (also known as post-thrash metal) is a style that emerged in the early 90s which takes the guitar style, aggressive vocal delivery and technical skill of thrash and fuses with more hard rock-esque song structures and slower tempos. As its name suggests, it has a greater emphasis on rhythm and "groove" than thrash metal. Debates rage as to whether the true originator of the style was Exhorder or the [[GenrePopularizer Genre Popularizers]] Music/{{Pantera}}, but in either case it was something of a commercial peak for the genre in the early 90s before the dominance of NuMetal - Pantera's seventh album ''Far Beyond Driven'' debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard charts in the US, easily the most extreme album to do so at that point. Later notable bands in the genre included Music/{{Sepultura}}, Throwdown, Music/MachineHead, and [=DevilDriver=].

''[=Devil=]Driver.''

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. Black metallers are... weird. Weird. Also, they tend to shun anything that isn't "definitively" heavy metal (that means, no alternative metal, mallcore, or glam metal)
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28th Feb '16 4:00:29 AM bt8257
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* ThrashMetal is characterized by its choppy rhythms, frequent tempo shifts, and typically large number of riffs per song. Lyrics tend towards more concrete and less fantastic than other types, often with a political or social bent. Prominent examples include Music/{{Metallica}}, Megadeth, Music/{{Anthrax}}, Music/{{Slayer}} ("The Big Four"), Music/{{Kreator}}, Music/{{Sodom}}, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Watchtower. The more intellectual forms can overlap with aggressive power metal and the more aggressive forms overlap with death metal. Sometimes mixes with hardcore to form "crossover thrash", as exemplified by Music/SuicidalTendencies and D.R.I.. To differentiate from speed metal, thrash metal vocals feature more of a growl and the guitars tended to be downtuned in some respects. Expect fans to argue that this is metal at its purest.

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* ThrashMetal is characterized by its choppy rhythms, frequent tempo shifts, and typically large number of riffs per song. Lyrics tend towards more concrete and less fantastic than other types, often with a political or social bent. Prominent examples include Music/{{Metallica}}, Megadeth, Music/{{Megadeth}}, Music/{{Anthrax}}, Music/{{Slayer}} ("The Big Four"), Music/{{Kreator}}, Music/{{Sodom}}, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Watchtower. The more intellectual forms can overlap with aggressive power metal and the more aggressive forms overlap with death metal. Sometimes mixes with hardcore to form "crossover thrash", as exemplified by Music/SuicidalTendencies and D.R.I.. To differentiate from speed metal, thrash metal vocals feature more of a growl and the guitars tended to be downtuned in some respects. Expect fans to argue that this is metal at its purest.
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