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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
1,855 plays, 18 followers

Dallas, United States

Rock, Metal

Larry Crowell
1,053 plays, 12 followers

Shreveport, United States

Metal, Rock, Fusion

707 plays, 19 followers

Miramichi, Canada


Fake Messiah
1,285 plays, 25 followers

Malmö, Sweden

Metal, Progressive

John Mamone
1,116 plays, 4 followers

Hamilton, Canada

Metal, Rock

1,382 plays, 17 followers

Denver, United States

Alternative, Metal, Rock

Deus Ex Machina
816 plays, 12 followers

Singapore, Singapore


Dead Summer Society
331 plays, 11 followers

Campobasso, Italy

Metal, Gothic

Ramona Gavrila Feat. Electroshock
1,410 plays, 9 followers

Köln, Germany

Metal, Experimental, Rock

1,633 plays, 9 followers

Köln, Germany

Experimental, Metal

David J Caron
760 plays, 2 followers

Letterkenny, Ireland

Rock, Metal, Pop

Ramage Inc.
257 plays, 2 followers

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Metal, Ambient, Progressive

Jim Crean
411 plays, 4 followers

Clarence, United States

Rock, Metal

415 plays, 1 followers

Levittown, United States

Rock, Metal

Blackwater Prophecy
161 plays, 1 followers

Anaheim, United States


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