Heavy Music Styles Review (part2)
Progressive Metal is the most intelligent metal genre, a direct descendant of Art Rock. “Progressors” went even further in terms of “inaudibility”, which entailed the commercial failure of the style. Still, not everyone can adequately perceive 20-30-minute songs with a complex rhythmic pattern, constant tempo changes, deep conceptual verses, crazy vocal passages and long guitar and keyboard solos! The first group that tried to combine all this with heavy riffs was the Rush Canadians, but their music is more suitable for the definition of “heavy art rock” than Progressive Metal. The real “progressive” appeared in the early 80s through the efforts of such groups as Mercyful Fate, Fates Warning and Watchtower (this group along with Mekong Delta played techno-thrash, even more technical and sophisticated music). Dream Theater managed to achieve the greatest success in the field of progressive metal. As a rule, very professional musicians play Progressive, many of whom graduated from the conservatory. It should be noted a mixture of progressive death metal – Death, Sadist, Atheist, Alchemist. Recommended listening groups: Dream Theater, Magellan, Fates Warning, Mercyful Fate / King Diamond, Royal Hunt, Psychotic Waltz, Symphony X, Depressive Age, Elegy, Shadow Gallery, Black Symphony, Queensryche, Savatage Techno Thrash: Watchtower, Mekong Delta, Hads
Speed Metal (Speed Metal) – almost dead genre today, which is a quick, hard and aggressive, but at the same time, quite melodic music. The notorious American band Metallica is considered to be the pioneers of Speed Metal, but this is just a misconception caused by the excessive popularity of this team. The first real “speed” album was released in 1983 (a few months before Metallica) with a much less promoted band from Canada Exciter. By combining the melodies of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden in their music with the speed and aggression of Motorhead and Venom, the musicians managed to achieve unprecedented results. Subsequently, speed metal split into two new areas, Thrash and Power. Often it is very difficult to distinguish Speed metal from its descendants, therefore deviations are possible in the classification of some groups. Do not be surprised if, for example, in one place you read that Exciter are playing Speed, in another – that they are playing Thrash, and in the third – Power or Heavy. This once again proves the fact that all musical categories are just conventions invented by critics in order to hang labels on musicians! Recommended listening groups: Exciter, Metallica (“Kill ’em All”), Anthrax (“Fistful Of Metal”), Helloween (“Walls Of Jericho”), Blind Guardian (first 2 albums), Living Death, Agent Steel, Paragon , Sacred Steel, Anvil, Risk
Thrash Metal (Thrash Metal) – the style appeared around 1984 simultaneously in two countries, the USA and Germany. In the states it was Slayer, Exodus and Metallica, and in Europe – Kreator, Sodom and Destruction. Barely formed, thrash became terribly popular because there was nothing heavier than him at that time. Thrash was a logical consequence of Speed-metal, crossed with the energy of punk. Texts of this direction in most cases have a strongly social coloring. Unfortunately, not all thrash groups managed to convey their style to the present day, a clear majority got lost in the wilds of hardcore, industrial, grunge and even hip-hop! The most popular thrash team is undoubtedly Metallica, although they themselves have long since abandoned not only thrash, but metal in general. By the way, many people think that it was Metallica who invented this style, but, as in the case of Speed Metal, this is not true! Thrash had a decisive influence on the formation of Death Metal, and also left a deep imprint on many other areas of heavy work. Now thrash metal is not as popular as in the 80s. Much more popular is the modern pseudotrash like Machine Head and Pantera. Recommended listening groups: Metallica (before “Load”), Slayer, Kreator, OverKill, Testament, Sodom, Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Megadeth, Anthrax, Destruction, Artillery, Annihilator, Pantera, Whiplash, Possessed, Xentrix, Master, Shah, see also Power Thrash
Hard Rock (Hard Rock) – the concept is very ambiguous. In our country, everything that came before NWOBHM is called “hard”, i.e. Kiss, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, etc., but in many other countries, Hard Rock is almost a synonym for Heavy Metal. To verify this, it is enough to open any foreign metallized magazine. These are the cockroaches! In order not to get confused in all this, I prefer to use the term Hard’n’Heavy.
Heavy Metal – This musical style originated in the late 60s in England with the advent of bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Their first albums produced the effect of a bursting bomb in near-music circles. Heavy guitar riffs, strong aggressive vocals, powerful rhythm section, complex long compositions with numerous guitar solos – this cocktail could not leave anyone indifferent. On both sides of the Atlantic, metal bands began to appear like mushrooms after the rain (Nazareth, Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Kiss …), but by the mid-70s interest in heavy rock had fallen dramatically, it was the time of punk dawn. But the metallers did not quit their job, moreover, young teams continued to appear in the UK, with the help of which the popularity of heavy increased again in the late 70s (NWOBHM). Unlike some other areas of metal music, the main thing in heavy metal is the melody. The themes of heavy metal songs have no strict focus and can range from love stories to the afterlife mystery. In the 80s, Heavy Metal was transformed in other directions: Speed, Thrash, Doom, Death … Nowadays, almost no one plays a clean heavy, but it still lives in our hearts and warms our (e) ears! Recommended listening groups (Hard’n’Heavy): Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Saxon, Led Zeppelin, Accept, Warlock, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Manowar, Axel Rudi Pell, UFO, AC / DC, Dio, Aria, Black Obelisk, Sinner, Pink Cream 69
Folk Metal – metallers used elements of folk music in the 70s. Irish folk tunes were featured in the songs Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy. The latter generally recorded a cover version of the old folk song ‘Whiskey In The Jar “, which was recently rewritten (already as a Thin Lizzy cover) by the most pop metal band of the Universe Popsallica. But these were only small intersperses of folk music, real folk metal formed only With the advent of the thrash band Skyclad in 1990. This group used folk melodies, poems and instruments in their rather heavy songs, putting all of Europe on their ears, followed by many different variations of Folk Metal, for example Viking Metal, Folk-Black, Folk- Doom, Folk-Gothic and even Folk-Death and Folk-Industrial!