Metal Has Made a Comeback
Metal Music is the term used to describe a wide variety of music from a variety of genres of music. Heavy metal is simply a term used to describe a very specific genre of rock music that developed in the mid-to late 60's and the early 70's, mainly in the UK and the USA. As the name suggests it is heavy, and the most common types of metal are black metal, doom metal, and doom/doom/industrial metal.
Metal has been described as "heavy metal" since the late 70's but it was not until the 1980's that the term "metal" was officially adopted by the music industry. Many critics would argue that metal music is only really heavy when playing in high volume. As a result many metal bands have recorded albums with less than stellar vocals, which can be considered "low end" metal. Some critics even argue that this type of music has become a sub-genre of its own, separate from its original genre, but this is largely unfounded. Metal has a rich history and is now widely accepted as a viable musical genre.
There are several different styles of metal. The most well known type of metal is doom metal, which is the result of a combination of doom and heavy metal and takes its influences from both genres. Other styles include doom, sludge, and doom/doom. Finally there are some metal songs that can be considered as pure doom, like Black Sabbath, but these tracks may also have elements of metal as well, such as death metal, doom metal, and doom/doom.
Metal has influenced many other genres of music as well. For instance, many metal fans will listen to the heavy metal band Black Label Society (BLS) as they try to emulate the band in their own music. There are also metal artists whose music has inspired many other artists, like Slipknot, who have made several albums based around metal themes.
Metal is not only for the extreme metal fans though. Some metal acts are still quite popular today. For example, The Who were one of the biggest acts in Britain throughout the 80's and the first album I bought when I got home from university, "Won't Get Fooled Again", was by the band. They never had a big following and most people know them for the hits "Won't Get Fooled Again"Won't Get Back" but they were one of the major influence's on The Cure and David Bowie.
The world was introduced to metal through heavy metal in large amounts when they released their album "Creeping Death" in 1970. This album was a huge success and gave the world their first taste of metal as an alternative to their usual acoustic sound. It would not be long before metal bands started to dominate the charts. Some of the biggest artists of the time were Black Label Society, Queen, Iron Butterfly, Black Sabbath, and Motley Crue.
Another artist to come up with the name "metal" was James Hetfield of Metallica. They would go on to create one of the most successful careers of all time, and are still popular to this day. Another band to produce great metal was Black Label Society, another band who went onto fame and success with their own line of albums.
Metal has now become a mainstream form of music and is no longer just the domain of hardcore and doom/doom. The genre has grown and has influenced a number of other genres, such as jazz, pop, and pop/rock.
The metal has been used as a marketing technique in the music industry since the early 70's. Many of today's biggest musicians are using heavy metal as a way of attracting new fans and creating new trends.
Metal has certainly taken on some of its more popular music genres. It has also influenced many of today's newer artists in other genres, such as hip hop and pop. With metal and heavy metal becoming such an important part of today's culture, it is no wonder that there are so many great metal bands to be discovered in the world.
Whether you are a fan of metal or not, it can be interesting to watch how it influences the music industry. From being the beginning of pop to the modern alternative of jazz, metal is not going anywhere. It may not be as popular today's audience would like, but it is an important part of our history.