Famous metal songs

What are famous metal songs that you know? This is our list of 20 famous metal songs in history of metal music:

1. Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden
2. War Pigs – Black Sabbath
3. Master of Puppets – Metallica
4. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
5. Angel of Death – Slayer
6. Ace of Spades – Motorhead
7. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
8. Victim of Changes – Judas Priest
9. The Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
10. Iron Man – Black Sabbath
11. Raining Blood – Slayer
12. Stargazer – Rainbow
13. Beyond the Realms of Death – Judas Priest
14. One – Metallica
15. Holy Wars… The Punishment Due – Megadeth
16. The Trooper – Iron Maiden
17. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
18. Heaven and Hell – Black Sabbath
19. Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden
20. Painkiller – Judas Priest

Famous metal bands

What are famous metal bands that you know? This is our list of 20 famous metal bands in history of metal music:

1. Black Sabbath
2. Iron Maiden
3. Metallica
4. Judas Priest
5. Motörhead
6. Slayer
7. Megadeth
8. Venom
9. Pantera
10. Death
11. Ozzy Osbourne
12. Queensrcyhe
13. Dream Theater
14. Celtic Frost
15. Manowar
16. Dio
17. Mercyful Fate
18. Helloween
19. Anthrax
20. Bathory

History of metal music

The history of heavy metal music began around 1964-1970 with bands like the Kinks, the Who, Alice Cooper’s The Spiders, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Steppenwolf’s song Born to Be Wild which contained the phrase “heavy metal thunder” share credit for the name heavy metal. The genre borrowed heavily from rock and the blues but moved towards a more aggressive direction than other bands from the 60′s incorporating energetic live shows and darker melodies and themes.

In 1970 Black Sabbath made what many consider to be the first true heavy metal album self titled Black Sabbath followed in the next few years by Paranoid and Master of Reality. Guitarist Tony Iommi, vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, drummer Bill Ward, and bassist Geezer Butler churned out gloomy heavy churning riffs and rhythms accompanied nicely by Ozzy’s eerie vocal style. This Birmingham act nearly single handedly defined the essence of the heavy metal genre combining a fascination with dark mythological and religious subject matter juxtaposed against the reality of a working class life in poverty ridden industrial Birmingham during the early 70′s.
Newer bands like Judas Priest, Queen and Blue Oyster Cult took up the mantle of these older bands and added their voice to an ever growing revolution in rock music. Kiss took the genre to a next level using classic elements of theatre such as fire and fake blood to keep audiences interested. In the late 70′s heavy metal went through a decline and the giants of the early 70′s started to loose influence due to deaths and personnel changes. AC/DC, Judas Priest, Queen, and Rush kept the genre alive but only just.

The early 1980s saw a revival of metal of a sort with bands like Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue among others. By around 1990 most heavy metal had evolved into other rock genres like hard rock, gothic rock, gothic metal, death metal, power metal, doom metal and nu metal.

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types of metal music

At the beginning types of metal music there was just traditional heavy metal. Shortly after it evolved and splintered into many different styles and types of metal music. As time has gone on, there are literally hundreds of subgenres, but these are some of the main genres of heavy metal:

Avant Garde Metal
Also called experimental metal, it’s characterized by unusual and nontraditional instruments and song structures.
Examples: Arcturus, Dog Fashion Disco, Mr. Bungle, Peccatum, Vintersorg

Black Metal
Characterized by high-pitched raspy vocals and pagan/satanic lyrical imagery. Symphonic black metal is a subgenre that uses keyboards and is more melodic.
 Examples: Bathory, Burzum, Emperor, Mayhem, Venom

Celtic Metal
A combination of heavy metal and Celtic music with lyrics focusing on Celtic mythology.
Examples: Cruachan, Geasa, Waylander

Death Metal
An extreme form of the genre that uses distorted guitars and a growling vocal style sometimes described as “cookie monster” vocals.
Examples: Cannibal Corpse, Death, Deicide, Morbid Angel

Doom Metal
A genre that uses slower tempos and emphasizes gloomy, melancholy and atmospheric music. There are numerous subgenres of doom, including drone, epic, industrial, sludge and stoner.
Examples: Candlemass, Pentagram, Saint Vitus, Solstice

Gothic Metal
A combination of the darkness and melancholy of goth rock with heavy metal. The lyrics tend to be epic and melodramatic. This is a genre that uses a lot of male/female vocal combinations with the male vocalist generally using more aggressive vocals and the female singing in an ethereal soprano.
Examples: Lacuna Coil, Leaves Eyes, Theatre Of Tragedy, Tristania.

Nu-Metal
Combining heavy metal riffs with hip-hop influences and rapped lyrics, this genre became very popular in the late ’90s through the early 2000′s and then fell from favor. There are a few bands of this style still doing well, although most have come and gone.
Examples: Korn, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, Slipknot

Power Metal
A very melodic form of metal that utilizes soaring guitars and strong vocals, usually in a higher register. It’s also an epic style, with long songs and many lyrics about mythology, fantasy and metaphysical topics. Most power metal bands also have a keyboardist.
Examples: Blind Guardian, Fate’s Warning, Helloween, Jag Panzer

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What is metal music definition?

Metal developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Heavy metal is characterized as powerful and loud; the bass, drums and electric guitar evokes a sound that is aggressive.

Power chords that are distorted, memorable riffs and virtuoso guitar playing also differentiates this type of music. The lyrics of heavy metal music can be difficult to understand at times because of the vocal technique used. Their lyrics often touch on themes that are controversial and provocative. This is the reason why, during the 1980s, heavy metal music was harshly criticized and accused of inciting crimes among its listeners. Metal fans are known as “metalheads” or “headbangers”.

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