Developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s, this particular genre has its roots in acid rock and blues-rock. Rock music began in the United Kingdom and the United States. The genre is characterized by extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, highly amplified distortion and overall loudness.
Bands like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath attracted audiences back in 1968 is one of the first heavy metal bands. Heavy metal fans were given a name that was ‘metal heads’ or headbangers’. Sub-genres of heavy metal increased with time and became quite a lot in number. Avant-garde metal, Christian metal, Extreme Metal which includes black, death, doom and thrash metal, Glam metal, Groove metal, Power metal, Speed metal, Symphonic metal and Traditional heavy metal is the sub-genres of heavy metal music.
Amongst the popular heavy metal bands, a few of them are Metallica (1981), Iron Maiden (1975), Black Sabbath (1968-2017), Mega Death (1983) and Motorhead (1975-2015).
Heavy Metal music is characterized of everything loud and harsh. It is mostly, if not always characterized by loud distorted guitars, emphatic rhythms, dense bass-drum sounds and vigorous vocals. Nevertheless, the key element in heavy metal is the electric guitar. Its sounds are produced with a combined use of heavy distortions and heavy volumes. Many times, if you have ever seen a heavy metal band, the guitar solo is the main element of heavy metal. This solo underscores the significance of heavy metal.
Heavy metal music is often associated with aggression and is said that it is an “explicit display of emotion”. The tone of the singer is said to be the most important part of a heavy metal band. The singer's voice must show emotion/aggression and should set the entire bands tone from the beginning.
Many take heavy metal to be a subculture. It has a certain behavior, style and appearance to denote whether you are a heavy metal fan or not. Even the bands had a specific appearance which showed that the belonged to the heavy metal genre. The most important feature was their down the back, long hair. They typical look consisted of ripped jeans, black shirts and leather or denim jackets, with black lined eyes even. Black was the basic color after all.
Heavy metal is one big Genre of the music industry and has of course been criticised a lot. But its fans don’t ever let the genre die down. Heavy metal is simply your inner emotions coming out!