History of metal music

Posted: December 18, 2013 in Music


The history of heavy metal music began around 1964-1970 with bands like the Kinks, the Who, Alice Cooper’s The Spiders, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Steppenwolf’s song Born to Be Wild which contained the phrase “heavy metal thunder” share credit for the name heavy metal. The genre borrowed heavily from rock and the blues but moved towards a more aggressive direction than other bands from the 60′s incorporating energetic live shows and darker melodies and themes.

In 1970 Black Sabbath made what many consider to be the first true heavy metal album self titled Black Sabbath followed in the next few years by Paranoid and Master of Reality. Guitarist Tony Iommi, vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, drummer Bill Ward, and bassist Geezer Butler churned out gloomy heavy churning riffs and rhythms accompanied nicely by Ozzy’s eerie vocal style. This Birmingham act nearly single handedly defined the essence of the heavy…

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