History of Heavy Metal

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Ariel Nayaka


History Of Heavy Metal

Fast shredding guitars solos, high pitched screaming vocal, rumbling bass tones with a very fast tempo, that is what heavy metal is all about. A genre of music developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States. With blues and rock as its roots, heavy metal is the ultimate hard music combination. The first bands to grace the heavy metal stage were more of 70’s hard rock band such as, Led Zeppelin and Blue Cheer. But something else happened in the 1980’s, harder and faster band stormed onto the scene. Bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden were the heaviest bands out there. And they were popular, very popular. But it wasn’t just the bands; it was also about those who listened to them, the fans. Everywhere you looked kids were growing their hair long, flashing the “devil horns” sign, and playing air guitar. But not everyone loved it. Critics thought it was unsophisticated music for unsophisticated people. One news article writer went as far as calling it sick, repulsive, horrible, and dangerous. Even religious groups launched their own crusade against heavy metal. They feared it was a vessel for the devil and had created a satanic epidemic among teenagers. To top all of that, the fans of heavy metal were considered lowlifes, dead-end kids, and the bane of society.

Who was the first heavy metal band? This question has been asked for decades but there were no straight answers. Everyone has his or her own different opinions on who was the first heavy metal band. But the bands that were the first heavy bands were from 1966-1971, and the most notable bands were: Cream, Blue Cheer, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath. But generally when people from around the globe were asked the question of who was the first heavy metal band, they would choose according to whom they liked. Overall people would say that Black Sabbath was the first because they were...
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