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I listen to metal. A simple sentence but this information is also the answer to the question "What kind of music do you listen to?", for some people it means something that's not normal, bad and god knows what else. Metal music is still, even after so many years, considered by the wide public as the music of corrosion, hate and anger towards everything that's "right and good". Why? To tell the truth, I don't know really. Those who condemn this style don't even know it. Just from something somebody told them or from partial listening to something they didn't like. To take these opinions seriously? No way. This article is about what metal music really is, what the particular categories of this diverse style are about.
†††††Metal music came to existence probably in the 70's. Based on the rock music and then hardened with tougher guitars, vocals, the drummers also started to hit their instruments with much more power. The early metal music was based on a more agressive way of playing and was produced only with el. guitars and drums. The harder it sounded, the better it was. But it's different these days, but I'll get to that later.
†††††Metal symbolized power and hardness. And people started to listen to it and their number started to grow. After all, metal was on the highest peak of it's popularity in the 80's, well, to be specific, the most favourite style of the 80's was actually hard rock. I remember that all the rockers had wawy hairstyles and they all looked the same and there was so many of them. A bright example can be the band Europe that came from Sweden. A typical example of a one-hit band. They actually played rock but some magazines marked them as a heavy metal band.
†††††The gratest and most popular metal bands were being founded on the break of the 70's and 80's. That time was being flooded by the "new wawe of brithish heavy metal", NWOBHM in short. The era of harder metal began. Everybody will probably recall the band Iron Maiden, the probably most well known metal band from the British Isles. Yes, they belonged and with some fall-outs still belong among the best on the metal scene. I'm not going to write too much about them right now, becuase there's plenty of articles and biographies on the Internet anyway. Heavy metal slowly began to crawl into the awareness of the fans of hard music.
†††††In the 80's also many sub-styles (or categories) of metal came into existence. You can read about them lower in the characteristics of the particular styles. But still I have to mention speed metal, that started to break through in Germany. Remember the album "Walls of Jericho" by Helloween? That's probably one of the best speed metal albums ever. Rough and fast music that moved the evolucion of metal another step further. For me personally this album means a lot, because it was actually my very first metal cassete. When I heared it for the first time I was shocked. I said to myself, wow, this stuff is really hard, and so I started to listen to metal. These days different bands are my favourite, but I still like Helloween pretty much.
†††††In the beginning of the 90's death metal was born. I guess everyone knows the bands Obituary, Death, Cannibal Corpse etc. A big part of the death metal bands was founded in the USA, in Florida in particular. Today death metal is played by many bands and their sound is quite unique for each one of them. I'll be more specific about that later.
†††††Probably the greatest number of various styles canem into existence in the 90's. Many bands started to combine a couple of styles at one time and that's when the particular categories started be be a little tight. It's no longer possible to place a band in this or that style. And I think that this is for metal music itself a big plus, because metal is becoming, or perhaps it has already become, one of the most consistant musical styles. It's not comercial music and therefore the particular bands must really do their best to break through, and that's good for metal , because new bands are being founded and everybody's trying to be better than the others and anyway, it's said that the fight of competition brings higher quality of production. And the metal scene proves that.
†††††And now I'm getting towards the present time. The youngest child of metal is so-called techno metal. I personally really hate techno, but as an addition to metal it sounds pretty interesting. Now I've got in mind two bands that started to lead the tone of this particular new style. The first one is Samael and the second The Kovenant. The music performed by them is absolutely brilliant and still hard. It's still metal.
†††††The foundation stones of metal are el. guitars and drums (or an artifical drummer in a computer chip these days). From the vocals you can expect just about anything. From a scream to even an opera voice. But still the electric guitars must remain as an important substance.
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