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 music in which the direct influence of the blues is absent. Think of it as rock music inspired by rock music, or the second generation/evolution of rock music. Yet, that simplistic definition doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what defines Heavy Metal. Over the past forty 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 an ever-evolving genre of popular music and culture beholden to a fanaticism reminicient of religious devotion. That, and double-bass.
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