From Wikipedia: Heavy Metal is a genre of rock music that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Heavy Metal is traditionally characterized by loud distorted guitars, emphatic rhythms, dense bass-and-drum sound, and vigorous vocals. Metal subgenres variously emphasize, alter, or omit one or more of these attributes.
Well, I suppose that's a good start. But what does all of that mean? In short, Heavy Metal is a form of Rock that initially took from the traditions of Blues, Psychedelic, and Acid Rock of the 1960s and 70s and infused them with exaggerated expressions of aggression and power.
Think of Metal as Rock music inspired by Rock music. Though, this simplistic definition doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what defines Heavy Metal. Over the past fifty years, the world has witnessed Heavy Metal's transformation from a genre of popular music into a global phenomenon and universally recognizable subculture.
So what is Heavy Metal? That's a loaded question. Simply put, Heavy Metal is a culture anthropologically, an ever-evolving genre of popular music and culture beholden to a fanaticism reminicient of religious devotion. That, and double-bass pedals.
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