Very few genres of music incorporate as broad a palette of distinct sounds as heavy metal. From the technicality and musicianship of bands like Iron Maiden to the raw power of Mastodon, heavy metal offers a seemingly endless array of musical possibilities.
Early heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath, Motörhead, and Judas Priest introduced certain musical and stylistic elements to their records and stage shows that made it clear hard rock was growing out of its blues-based roots and into a much heavier, more confrontational sound. Louder, faster, and more outrageous was the metal mantra, and with the release of seminal albums like Paranoid, Rocka Rolla, and Overkill, heavy metal began to establish itself as a legitimate movement, which culminated with the new wave of British heavy metal in the late 70s.
By the mid-1980s, heavy metal had spawned a new generation of musicians who pushed the limits of volume and speed. Trash metal bands like Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax dominated the scene with the impossibly fast riffs, howling vocals, and dark, intense lyrics. The pure aggression and technical prowess of these bands inspired a new set of performers, who began tuning their guitars down and unleashing the unearthly growl of what would become death metal. The energy and catharsis of heavy metal continues to inspire new bands, and the genre has taken firm hold in Scandinavia, where there are more metal bands per capita than anywhere else in the world.
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Heavy metal began as an attempt to play louder and faster than ever before, but it evolved into a nuanced and highly complex form of expression enjoyed by millions all across the world.