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Heavy metal (often referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and in the United States. With roots in blues rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are generally associated with masculinity and machismo.

The first heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple attracted large audiences, though they were often critically reviled, a status common throughout the history of the genre. In the mid-1970s Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence; Motorhead introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed. Bands in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal such as Iron Maiden followed in a similar vein. Before the end of the decade, heavy metal fans became known as "metalheads" or "headbangers".

During the 1980s, glam metal became a commercial force with groups like Motley Crue and Poison. Underground scenes produced an array of more extreme, aggressive styles: thrash metal broke into the mainstream with bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, while other styles of the most extreme subgenres of metal like death metal and black metal remain subcultural phenomena. Since the mid-1990s, popular styles such as nu metal, which often incorporates elements of grunge and hip hop; and metalcore, which blends extreme metal with hardcore punk, have further expanded the definition of the genre.

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Chris Manning Band
1,489 plays, 18 followers

Dallas, United States

Rock, Metal


Larry Crowell
965 plays, 12 followers

Shreveport, United States

Metal, Rock, Fusion


Chronoshift
684 plays, 19 followers

Miramichi, Canada

Metal


Fake Messiah
1,259 plays, 25 followers

Malmö, Sweden

Metal, Progressive


John Mamone
1,093 plays, 4 followers

Hamilton, Canada

Metal, Rock


Jesterfortheking
1,352 plays, 17 followers

Denver, United States

Alternative, Metal, Rock


Dead Summer Society
305 plays, 11 followers

Campobasso, Italy

Metal, Gothic


Deus Ex Machina
769 plays, 12 followers

Singapore, Singapore

Metal


Ramona Gavrila Feat. Electroshock
1,357 plays, 9 followers

Köln, Germany

Metal, Experimental, Rock


Electroshock
1,592 plays, 9 followers

Köln, Germany

Experimental, Metal


David J Caron
698 plays, 2 followers

Letterkenny, Ireland

Rock, Metal, Pop


Ramage Inc.
233 plays, 2 followers

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Metal, Ambient, Progressive


Jim Crean
392 plays, 4 followers

Clarence, United States

Rock, Metal


Devil
361 plays, 1 followers

Levittown, United States

Rock, Metal


Blackwater Prophecy
142 plays, 1 followers

Anaheim, United States

Metal


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