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Heavy Metal


Heavy metal (or simply metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States. With roots in blues rock and psychedelic/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.

Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

In 1968, the first heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple attracted large audiences, though they were often derided by critics. During the mid-1970s, Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence; Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed.

Beginning in the late 1970s, bands in the new wave of British heavy metal such as Iron Maiden and Saxon followed in a similar vein. Before the end of the decade, heavy metal fans becameknown as "metalheads" or "headbangers".

During the 1980s, glam metal became popular with groups such as Mötley Crüe and Poison. Underground scenes produced an array of more aggressive styles: thrash metal broke into the mainstream with bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, while other extreme subgenres of metal such as death metal and black metal remain subcultural phenomena. Since the mid-1990s popular styles have further expanded the definition of the genre. These include groove metal (with bands such as Pantera, Sepultura, and Lamb of God) and nu metal (with bands such as Korn, Slipknot, and Linkin Park), the latter of which often incorporates elements of grunge and hip hop.

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I think quite a lot of this is correct, although not a word about where the music originated. The music centred around the early bikers on their " metal " away from the mainstream rock that was happening in the late sixties and early seventies. This was a huge audience coming from Gene Vincent, Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly etc with their bikes and leathers and latter day punks as some of their bands started merging into metal. Yep, headbanging was going on quite early in the sixties.
I've tried to keep to keep as much melody in the show so that people who think metal is gross can maybe listen and see how good it really is. Lets face it, if it wasn't any good it would not have such a huge following.

* All the bands in this list feature throughout the shows but not necessarily on a heavy metal show. I may feature a metal band on the heavy rock show because I don't have metal music from that band. Also I have lumped all the metal genres together so don't whinge about, black metal, nu metal, industrial metal etc. However feel free to comment below but no bad language please.

Terence Bridge.

Bands & Artists *


  • AC/DC
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice in Chains
  • Aerosmith
  • Atomic Rooster
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Black Sabbath
  • Blue Oyster Cult
  • Blue Cheer
  • Bullet for My Valentine
  • Def Leppard
  • Dio
  • Deep Purple
  • Disturbed
  • Faith no more
  • Girlschool
  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • Hawkwind
  • Iron Butterfly
  • Iron Maiden
  • Judas Priest
  • Killing Joke
  • Kiss
  • Korn
  • Kyuss
  • Lamb of God
  • Manowar
  • Mastodon
  • Megadeth
  • Metallica
  • Montrose
  • Motley Crue
  • Mountain
  • Motorhead
  • Nazareth
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Pantera
  • Queensryche
  • Rainbow
  • Ratt
  • Rush
  • Scorpions
  • Slayer
  • Steppenwolf
  • System of a Down
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Tool
  • Twisted Sister
  • UFO
  • Uriah Heep
  • Van Halen
  • Whitesnake

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