Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that is known for being loud and aggressive. Heavy metal songs are loud and powerful-sounding, having strong rhythms that are repeated which is why they are so catchy and well-loved by so many people.
Historically, heavy metal bands are usually made up of one or two guitars, as well as a bass guitar and a drum set. However, in some bands, they use organs, electronic keyboards, and many other different types of musical instruments can also be used. There are many various subcategories of heavy metal, and here we’ll look at some of these different categories.
Funk metal is made up of funk and heavy metal, as the name suggests. Funk metal started off as a subcategory of alternative metal in the late eighties. It was significantly influenced by bands such as Fishbone and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Rap metal is made up of rap and heavy metal. These types of bands use a vocal and lyrical form of hip-hop. Rap metal bands are nearly always fronted by rappers. Examples of bands that would fall into this category would include: Rage Against the Machine and Crazy Town.
Alternative metal will be combinations of heavy metal and other influences from genres like alternative rock. Alternative metal bands are also often known for the unusual sounds less used in different heavy metal genres, melodic vocals and the unique song structures.
Death metal is a subcategory of heavy metal and is known to be even more extreme than the rest of the subcategories. The musical style of Death Metal will nearly always go from slow-rolling riffs to high-speed riffs. The guitar will most often be dropped on one note, then followed by another two or more.
The thing that I love the most about this kind of music is the fact that it is always changing and evolving and getting more extreme. Also, with all the new categories, you will definitely find more music to love. As there is something for nearly everyone!