It must be noted (and it must be clear, too, if you’ve read through the pages of this site) that heavy metal is a predominantly male scene. Machismo is at the core of the genre, so much so that for years Judas Priest’s Rob Halford couldn’t say he was gay and had to hide his […]

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Black Sabbath or Motorhead may have created a genre with many ramifications, but they are not today’s most listened to bands. Acts like Metallica or Iron Maiden have incredibly successful tours but there are other artists that are doing much more exciting music within this style of music. System of a Down: the veterans of […]

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Our overview of heavy metal’s many sub-genres continues in this new page: not many people know but there are more than 40 styles attached to the main type, largely due to passing time and the influences from other music. Stoner Metal: referred more commonly as simply “stoner”, it’s a type of doom metal (therefore, slower […]

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As with any other type of music that has been around for decades (ie. rock or jazz) there is now very little in common between the heavy metal of Black Sabbath and the bands of today. Some are known for their theatrics rather than the quality of their tunes (ie. Gwar), other can be considered […]

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Just like Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison, heavy metal has its fair share of iconic frontmen. From bat-eating Ozzy Osbourne, who will be performing live for the last time in 2018, to the unmistakable vocal prowess of Ian Gillan, there are many more singers you should know about: Rob Halford: the leather-clad Judas […]

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Strong rhythms and the very prominent sound of the drums have always been the main feature of heavy metal. This one quality has made it so that over time, rhythms have gotten faster and faster, to the point when specific sub-genres have originated when BPM (“beats per minute”) were higher than a certain given value […]

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