The Change of Heavy Metal Music

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Tammy Bromwich
Jeanne Hansen
English 101C
October 19, 2012
The Change of Heavy Metal Music
I was blessed with a parent who gave me the freedom of listening to any kind of music I liked. The genre of music I listened to the most was rock music. There was always a diverse sound to the music. When I reached my teen years, I found a music that had a strong sound to it; I connected with it. That sound came from heavy metal music. Heavy metal has changed and opened up many new styles or sub-genres since it came out in the late 60’s and into the 70’s. It started out in the 80’s with glam or thrash metal, then into the 90’s with alternative or nu metal, and now in the 2000’s, death or black metal was brought in.

The end of the 70’s brought in bands such as Van Halen and Aerosmith, but as the 80’s began some heavy metal bands started a fashion trend called glam metal. Motley Crue and W.A.S.P. are just two of the many bands. The band members had long hair, wore makeup and tight leather or spandex pants and boots. The music was about being wild and care-free. The other sub-genre that was introduced was called thrash metal. These bands played faster and more aggressive. Bands such as Megadeth, Anthrax and Metallica had many fans and still do today. My brother introduced me to Metallica in 1989. I fell in love with their sound. I now own all of their albums and consider myself a true, die-hard fan. As the new decade came in, I didn’t listen to a lot of heavy metal, but when I did, I could tell there were some changes.

New forms of heavy metal started to develop in the 90’s. One of the new forms was called alternative metal. The sound combined thrash and grunge rock with hip-hop and industrial music. The other form of heavy metal is called nu metal, shortened from “new metal”. This form mixed the rap/hip-hop style singing with metal music. Some of the bands included synthesizers and other electronic instruments. Bands such as Linkin Park and...
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