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  • Metal 101
    Stuff I think you should care about
    By Keidra
  • First off: I am not an expert
    Listened to metal for 20 years
    Wrote about heavy music for beer money sometimes
    Wrote an essay about listening to heavy metal that people still seem to care about
    Actually waited in line for Dave Mustaine’s autograph
    I attempt to play it badly sometimes
    Probably going to Maryland Deathfest next year
    Go to metalhistory.com if you want it broken down
  • With that… what is metal?
    It starts with the blues, or at least blues rock, which the Brits did best:
    Black Sabbath, essentially the heaviest blues band EVAR
  • What else?
    Riffs, not chords dominate
    Rhythm and Precision
    Distortion
    Dissonant tonality “The Devil Chord/Interval”
    Downtuned guitars
  • But…there’s more!
    Punk and hardcore influence metal a lot, too!
    New Wave of British Heavy Metal
  • 80’s Thrash Metal: The Big 4 and Friends
  • Subgenres
    Thrash metal (The Big 4 and friends)
    Glam Metal (Motley Crue and such – is this really metal? I am not going there)
    Death Metal (Deicide, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse)
    Prog/Power Metal (Dream Theatre, Nightwish, DragonForce,Queensryche)
  • More Subgenres
    Black Metal** (DimmuBorgir, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Skeletonwitch)
    Doom/Stoner Metal and friends (St. Vitus, Trouble, Eyehategod, Kyuss, Down)
    Metalcore (Converge, DEP, Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die)
    Grindcore and stuff (Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer)
    Tons of hybrid shit (symphonic metal, post-metal, viking metal, avantgarde metal)
  • Not all Black Metal is racist
    National Socialist Black Metal is the subgenre thematically aligned with the Nazi party.
    Though there is sometimes uncomfortable overlap with some subgenres.
    **Important to Note
  • Also Important to Note
    EVERYONE WILL ARGUE ABOUT WHAT SUBGENRE THEIR FAVORITE BAND ACTUALLY IS AND WHY IT IS THE BEST
    Who’s right? YOU. Everyone else is totally wrong.
  • Pros and Cons
    Pros:
    Diversity! There’s something for everyone! Kinda.
    Cons:
    Way too much to keep up with if you have a job and other hobbies.
    Lots of bullshit posturing about “false metal”
  • Where to start? Your own tastes
    Do you like groove? Maybe Doom metal
    Do you like melody? Maybe Symphonic metal
    Fan of hardcore? Some non-sucky metalcore bands may be for you
    Fan of shit like Rush? You will love prog metal
    Fan of shit like Frank Zappa ? Try avantgarde metal
  • Education!
    Should you want to actually know more
  • Reading!
    Sound of the Beast – Ian Christe
  • Reading!
    Heavy Metal: The Music and Its Culture – Deena Weinstein
  • Reading!
    Decibel Magazine
  • Blogs!
    Metal Injection.com
    Blabbermouth.net
    MetalSucks.com
    InvisibleOranges.com
    ReigninBlonde.com
  • And that’s it