Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal rock music can be looked at as dark, intense, and powerful. With voice electric guitar, heavy metal is considered the most commercially successful genre of rock because of its intensity. Heavy Metal Rock developed during the late 1960s and early 1970s, mainly in the United States and United Kingdom. To understand heavy metal rock music and its different forms, one can view different sources such as magazines that focus mainly on the genre itself or an informational site.

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To go as in depth as possible in my research of understanding Heavy Metal Rock music, I will start by listening to some of the most commonly known Heavy Metal Rock songs as well as most common artists. Such as Metallica, Apocalyptica, Iron Maiden and many more.


The history of Heavy Metal Rock Music began during the late1960s to early 1970s. Heavy Metal Rock Music stems back to blues-rock psychedelic bands as well as American Blues Music. This then created the idea of heavy metal having a “thick, heavy, guitar-and-drums-centered sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion and fast guitar solos.”


People who listen to Heavy Metal Music are considered “headbangers” or or “metalheads.”

A Few Different Forms of Heavy Metal

Early Heavy Metal: With the help of Judas Priest, the removal of the blues’ influence was taken out. Examples: Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple.

British Heavy Metal: Became introduced by providing a more sensible punk rock and had an emphasis on increasing speed. Examples: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Motörhead.

Pop-Infused Glam Metal: Became a major commercial force. Examples: Mötley Crüe,

Thrash Metal: Began through underground music and exudes a more extreme and aggressive, style. Examples: Metallica, Slayer, and Death.

Breakdown of a Heavy Metal Band

A basic Heavy Metal Band consists of a drummer, a bassist, a rhythm guitarist, a lead guitarist, and a singer. Keyboard instruments are not always included but when they are they help enhance the sound of the band by providing more of a fullness.

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