We put the Metal in ‘Metallica.’ Since its inception, Metal remains one of the most influential genres of all time. Starting from Metallica's Master of Puppets released in 1986, Metal has stopped at nothing and has introduced a plethora of new bands at its peril. The sheer ferocity, aggression, and speed with which the bands play creates an escape from the everyday worldly skirmishes for the listener. The themes of this genre have been stemmed and have taken their root by influencing nearly every subsequent subgenre.
Types of Metal:
There have been innumerable introductions to the Metal genre. From Black Sabbath to the upcoming Metal bands, these bands have not lacked in number. With around three thousand Metal bands operating around the world, it is hard to narrow down a few of the finest tracks. But first, let us narrate a few of the prominent Metal types currently in trend:
The first form of extreme Metal is often referred to as Thrash Metal. Thrash Metal is defined by its complexity, aggression, and fast tempos. The most prominent element of the thrash Metal is the “chugging” sound it creates through high pitched shred guitar solos and low-pitched palm-muted riffs.
Double kick and double bass drumming are often used by the drummers. Metal Music has a unique vocal requirement. In this specific genre of music, vocals are most often delivered aggressively. Thrash Metal is an evolved blend of speed Metal, NWOBHM and early hardcore punk from the early 1980s. Bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax spearheaded thrash Metal and are referred to as the genre's "Big Four," while on the European side Sodom, Kreator, Destruction, and Tankard form the so-called "Big Teutonic Four."
The classic Metal music is often referred to as Heavy Metal. Mid to fast tempo riffs, by thumping basslines, crunchy riffs, extended lead guitar solos, and clean, often high-pitched vocals, and anthemic choruses all add up to produce heavy Metal. Heavy Metal is not often considered as a subgenre of Metal, but the main genre of it. Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Dio are some of the most prominent examples of heavy Metal.
Glam Metal, also called hair Metal or pop-Metal is the visual style of certain heavy Metal bands that were introduced in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the United States, particularly on the Los Angeles sunset strip music scene. It was one of the most popular music genres throughout the 1980s and in the early 1990s.
However, despite its waning relevance in the grand scheme of Metal, it is ultimately still important and influential today. With thrash Metal, though, this doesn't need to be said. Thrash has continued to be a vibrant, creative, driving force of Metal music since its inception, and will likely continue to be simply due to its stretch of influence and the value of its inspiration. Most everyone's first Metal band is Metallica, and there's nothing quite as special as hearing Master of Puppets for the first time. Thrash is responsible for decades' worth of newcomers to the Metal community, and arguably for that purpose alone, it will always be one of the most relevant and most essential aspects of the Metal family tree.