The Evolution Of Heavy Metal Music

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  • Birth Of Hard Rock

    Birth Of Hard Rock
    Popular rock bands start using heavier sounds in their music. Such as heavy guitar riffs, faster and heavier drum beats, and louder vocals. Some of the bands that started to use this new sounds were: The Who, The Rolling Stone, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, etc. The list goes on.
  • The New Sound Is A Hit

    The New Sound Is A Hit
    Many bands start to build off the heavier sounds of hard rock. Van Halen, Judas Priest, Motor Head, Def Leppord, and Iron Maiden pave the way for the metal heads.
  • The 80's Metal

    The 80's Metal
    The 80's were the most important years for what is now known as metal, heavy metal, hard rock. Bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Ozzy Osborne and others solidified what is considered to be metal. These bands are still popular today.
  • Iron Maiden Ablum Debuts: The Number Of The Beast

    The fathers of metal music. Their "The Number Of The Beast" album was their most influencial and popular album.
  • Metallica Album Debuts: Master Of Puppets

    No doubt this is the Metallica's most popular album. This album was and still is a major hit among metalheads.
  • Slayer's Album "Reign In Blood" Debuts

    An album to rival the other "Big Four" bands, "Reign In Blood" was and is a very popular album. This album contains a song called "Raining Blood", a nice play on words from the album name "Reign In Blood"
  • 90's Thrash Metal

    90's Thrash Metal
    "The Big Four" of thrash metal were Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax. These bands are famous for their high-speed guitar riffs and drum beats.
  • Megadeth Album Debuts: Rust In Peace

    Probably there most popular album, Rust In Peace, as with the rest of their songs, is a outcry agaianst corruption in our goverment.
  • Y2K's Heavy Metal

    Y2K's Heavy Metal
    A genere many people label as "Screamo" evolved in the 2000s, and really took off in the recent years. Killswitch Engage, Avenge Sevenfold, The Devil Wears Prada, August Burns Red, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Bullet For My Vallentine to name a few, are some of the more popular heavy metal bands today.
  • A Whole New Entity

    ATTACK ATTACK!, ABANDON ALL SHIPS!, Breathe Carolina, These are a few of the bands that have taken parts of techno, hip-hop, and heavy metal to turn it into a whole new entity.
  • The Past Few Years

    The Past Few Years
    Something that has become popular in the ast few years is adding other types of music to heavy metal bands. An example would be the Canadian band "Abandon All Ships". They mix heavy guitar riffs with synthesized sounds to create a whole new sound.
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    From "Zeppelin" To "Avenge Sevenfold"

    Over the past five deacades, rock has tranformed into a whole new entity. From bands like Led Zeppelin to All That Remains, the sound and style of music has evolved into heavier music as time goes by.
    Something that stands out in the more recent years is the variety of music, even within a particular genere. The "metal" of today sounds very different from the "metal" of the 80s or 90s. However they are often just classified as "metal" or "hard rock".
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    Diversity In Unity

    Since everyman is unique in his own way, it only makes sense that the music he creates will not be exactly the same as others' music. This establishes diversity. Though heavy metal, hard rock, or wahtever one labels it may have a common ancestor (Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica, etc) they have branched off into their own avenues of creativity to create their own unique sound. There are countless generes that have branched off the metal sound of the 80s and 90s.