One History of Metal


I remember that first note I heard when I was just a child, how it set me on the path that today still hits deep in my soul every time I hear those heavy guitar riffs, the maddening thrust of the drum head, the kicking deep throb of the bass, or the screaming vocals of METAL. That first sound was indelibly impressed in my psyche by the band that today is deemed as the original Heavy Metal Band, Black Sabbath, and that song was “Black Sabbath” the first song released off the album by the same name, on Friday the 13th day of February 1970. Even at the young age of 9 I knew at that very moment the world of music was changing.

Through the 70’s the face of music put on several new hats as the genre of Metal began to take on a new air throughout the music scene. With the influx of this new musical genre came many offshoots throughout the 70s, some to include Dark, Thrash, Death and several more. I will attempt to show you the reader how this new sound invoked an entire new musical trip through history.

Throughout the many years of modern music the Blues have been a baseline for MANY different genre and Metal is no different. The sound, the soul and even the meter of Metal comes from The Blues. The only difference that stands out is the darkening of the lyrics and the speed in which it is delivered to the ear. It would be impossible to make a clear cut choice as to which Blues man or Blues band was the biggest influence on Metal in itself so I will generalize this with the following statement; Blues has without a doubt served as the beginning of MORE than just Metal, but has also influenced pretty much every other genre of music with roots in modern music.

Throughout the 70s MANY a new Metal band came on the scene as the new sound began to take ahold of the youth and give them cause for rebellion. Among these in this awakening decade were Deep Purple, Rainbow, and afore mentioned Black Sabbath. These bands led the way into the 80’s for a very large influx of new Metal bands to emerge from this still young genre fresh on the music scene.

In the 80’s began the large splintering of sub-genre that set the tone for the years to come. Within those sub-genre were Power Metal, Doom Metal, and the always strong Thrash metal which is still today dominated by the likes of Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeath, and Metallica. All of these bands still rock the Metal scene today with an ever growing audience.

Through the 90s and into the new millennium came even more sub-genre adding to the already deep well of musical typologies that already existed within Metal. Alternative/ Nu, Metalcore and Progressive Metal are among those burning strong within the ranks of Metal during this period. The bands serving up a new dose of Metal sub-genre seeking listener got their roots from not only the blues but in these new subs there was an even newer influence in that of Jazz Fusion and the never ending Classical. The bands that chose to perform within the Progressive Metal sound began to lengthen their songs and produce more theme based conceptual albums such as Morningrise by Opeth and the ever popular Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche. There are several other subs that came about interspersed throughout the years but I will leave those to be discovered at a further date. Now go out into the scene and dive headlong into a pit.

MetalMaxx, your guide for new realms of Metal to come.

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