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Heavy metal




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Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
  • Significant artists 

  • Characteristics 

  • Rhythm and tempo 

  • Harmony 

  • Typical harmonic structures 

  • Relationship with classical music 

  • Lyrical themes 

  • Image and fashion 

  • Physical gestures 

  • Fan subculture 

  • Etymology 

  • Antecedents: 1950s to late 1960s 

  • Origins: late 1960s and early 1970s 

  • Mainstream: late 1970s and 1980s 

  • Other heavy metal genres: 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s 

  • Thrash metal 

  • Death metal 

  • Black metal 

  • Power metal 

  • Doom metal 

  • 1990s and early 2000s subgenres and fusions 

  • Recent styles: mid–late 2000s and 2010s 

  • Women in heavy metal 

  • Sexism 

  • Bibliography