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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 ...
With that… what is metal?
• It starts with the blues, or at least blues rock,
which the Brits did best:
Black Sabbath,
ess...
What else?
• Riffs, not chords dominate
• Rhythm and Precision
• Distortion
• Dissonant tonality “The Devil Chord/Interval...
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...
More Subgenres
• Black Metal** (Dimmu Borgir, Burzum,
Gorgoroth, Skeletonwitch)
• Doom/Stoner Metal and friends (St. Vitus...
• Not all Black Metal is racist
National Socialist Black Metal is the subgenre
thematically aligned with the Nazi party.
T...
Also Important to Note
• EVERYONE WILL ARGUE ABOUT WHAT
SUBGENRE THEIR FAVORITE BAND ACTUALLY
IS AND WHY IT IS THE BEST
• ...
Pros and Cons
• Pros:
Diversity! There’s something for everyone!
Kinda.
• Cons:
Way too much to keep up with if you have a...
Where to start? Your own tastes
• Do you like groove? Maybe Doom metal
• Do you like melody? Maybe Symphonic metal
• Fan o...
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
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  1. 1. Metal 101 Stuff I think you should care about By Keidra
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. What else? • Riffs, not chords dominate • Rhythm and Precision • Distortion • Dissonant tonality “The Devil Chord/Interval” • Downtuned guitars
  5. 5. But…there’s more! Punk and hardcore influence metal a lot, too! New Wave of British Heavy Metal
  6. 6. 80’s Thrash Metal: The Big 4 and Friends
  7. 7. 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)
  8. 8. More Subgenres • Black Metal** (Dimmu Borgir, 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, avant garde metal)
  9. 9. • 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
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. 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”
  12. 12. 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 avant garde metal
  13. 13. Education! Should you want to actually know more
  14. 14. Reading! Sound of the Beast – Ian Christe
  15. 15. Reading! Heavy Metal: The Music and Its Culture – Deena Weinstein
  16. 16. Reading! Decibel Magazine
  17. 17. Blogs! Metal Injection.com Blabbermouth.net MetalSucks.com InvisibleOranges.com ReigninBlonde.com
  18. 18. And that’s it
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