. Hard Rock
MAXIMUM METAL REVIEW STYLES
There are many ways to break down "Heavy Metal", but you have to set limits or you'll end up with sub-sub-sub genres.
We call these as we see them. Many styles will combine and bleed together within many bands.
Evil, apocalyptic, and brooding metal with high-pitched shrieking vocals occasionally having clean
or even female vocals. Frequent use of corpse paint for look. Spawning from early satanic bands like Venom, this scene gained
a notorious following from church burnings and Norwegian black metal acts like Emperor
and Mayhem. Bands include Dimmu Borgir, Marduk, Cradle Of Filth. Styles range from Norwegian,
Atmospheric, Symphonic, Blender, and even Black-Thrash.
Extremely brutal mix of speed, thrash, and gore featuring cookie monster style vocals, excessive down tuning and
pummeling double bass. Pioneer bands would be Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary, and Cannibal Corpse.
Bands include In Flames, Nile and Opeth. Death spans in styles ranging from Grind, Gore, Atmospheric, Doom,
Symphonic, Speed, Gothenburg, Floridian, and Swedish.
Earliest style of metal created by Black Sabbath. Bluesy, chunky guitars
mixed with supernatural lyrics dominate this style's sound. Early influences
are Sabbath, Candlemass, and Witchfinder General. Bands like Cathedral, Terra
Firma, and Solitude Aeturnis help to carry this sound into the modern era.
Stoner is often slow and heavy hard rock.
Gothic metal is softer and more dynamic than doom, but it has the same melancholic and sometimes
even depressive touch. It's also very atmospheric and melodic, with the wide use of keyboards and female vocals.
Paradise Lost, Tristania and Therion are top bands. Includes symphonic power bands like Nightwish.
Party style metal featuring big blues-based guitar leads and high-pitched vocals. Early
bands like AC/DC, Aerosmith and Van Halen helped to establish this style while 80s glam
bands thrust the style to a more mainstream audience. Hard Rock can be the base for
other styles such as Glam, Sleeze, Shock-Rock, and AOR. We also include Grunge which involves dirty chord
playing with lyrics that usually exhibited nihilism, dissatisfaction, or apathy. Bands looked unkempt; antithesis of hair metal.
This designation is mostly a catch all for the bands that are combining elements of the heaviest of metal--death, black
and sometimes groove into extremely heavy hybrids without retaining the philosophies behind the original genres.
It's not for the weak of heart.
Techno-metal. Rhythmic-centered metal characterized by additional digital effects and noises. Bands include Ministry,
Rammstein, Rob Zombie / White Zombie
Close offshoot of hardcore punk with a guitar musicality closer to thrash metal, but with vocals
shouted or sang softly like hardcore. (Nuclear Assault, DRI). Usually has a breakdown within songs.
Includes NWOAHM--a combination of melodic death/thrash with hardcore styled vocals.
Re: Superjoint Ritual, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, BFMV
Hardcore crossed with Rap are the main influences of this style known for rapcore style vocals
with heavy down-tuned, groove-based, bouncy guitar work. Bands that continue this trend are Disturbed,
Slipknot, Korn, and System of A Down.
Classic metal style featuring a guitar attack based around power chords, lead melodies, soaring vocals, and anthem styled
lyrics. Pioneer bands of the style are Judas Priest, Rainbow, and Iron Maiden. Helloween, Gamma Ray, Hammerfall
developed this genre with speed. Power metal off-springs are Speed, Teutonic, Symphonic, Viking, and Power-Thrash.
Musically complex and highly technical, Prog players are known for their skills and like to show it
in their music with complicated structures and perfectionist playing. Its beginnings are found in 70's
prog rock bands like Yes and Rush. Bands include Fates Warning, Dream Theater and Labyrinth.
Thrash is known for being fast, aggressive, less controlled and with the punk sensibilities of rhythm where power metal usually
focused on melody. Vocals are generally higher-pithed rather than growling. Anthrax, Exodus, Megadeth and
early-Metallica helped form Thrash.
Traditional is a bit heavier than hard rock, yet accessible to the wider public and is now played
on many AOR radio stations. An underlying guitar rhythm or riff pattern generally set the base of the song
with the overall sound coming from the mid-70s to the mid-80. Think Rainbow, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, NWOBHM