The Metal Genre Essay

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Most people believe that the Metal genre started in the ‘80’s with bands like Black Sabbath but, in truth it started in the ‘70’s with one band, Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin created a genre that would grow into many sub-genres over the years such as, Screamo, Metalcore, Black Metal, Death Metal, Alt. Metal, Thrash Metal and many more. These various sub-genres of this massive genre have developed and changed in various ways over the past 40 years.
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Let’s start with metal in its purest form, True or Classic Metal. This has also been called Hard Rock by some modern bands, such as Wolfmother, Disturbed, Hinder, Nickleback, and Saving Abel, that mimic the sound, views, and attitude of bands such as Black Sabbath, ACDC, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Dio, and other such bands that originated in ‘70’s, ‘80’s, and a select few in the ‘90’s. The lyrical themes of these bands are usually based around religion, folklore, mythology, and politics. The songs usually take the darker view of these themes but, there is the occasional and very rare love song or upbeat song about these common themes. Modern Hard Rock such as Nickleback and Saving Abel take the more upbeat views but still incorporate the heavier sound and seriousness of the genre.
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From bands like Iron Maiden and Pantera that were, at the time, labeled Metal came Thrash Metal. Modern Thrash Metal bands are a rare breed and only a select few, such as Hatebreed, are actually good. Originally thrash metal was repetitive guitar riffs, heavy fast-paced drums, and mellow bass, combined with deep, rough, raspy, and nearly growling vocals. Bands that took this image and sound are Pantera, Iron Maiden, and a select few others. Themes such as a personal war, hate, anger, and violence are extremely common but, the occasional song does talk about politics or the loss of a loved one. From this point on a multitude of genres sprouted and grew across the U.S. and the U.K.
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The next metal sub-genre is what is known as Alt. Metal. Successful bands that have been graced with this title are Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. The sound consists of distorted guitar, unique vocals, a mid-pace drum, and heavy bass. Usually the songs have melody and are about love, broken hearts, defiance of those in power, or saving a “damsel in distress.”
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In the early 2000’s the sub-genre of metal known only as Screamo began to spread. Some of those considered to be the true founders of this genre are bands like, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Slipknot, Disturbed – even though there is very little screaming and they are...

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