THE HEAVY METAL TIMELINE
This all started when I wanted was a nice visual representation of the history of heavy metal/hard rock
because I was tired of straining my eyes reading long documents with tiny fonts. Since
I couldn't find one, I came up with this tree-style diagram representing 30+ years of hard
rock and metal with some of its outside influences. There's no way in hell I was going to
try and make this all-inclusive with the thousands of bands that have been around, so I
chose the bigger names, some influential bands and even threw in some of my favorites because
indulgence is acceptable when you create.
Some bands are shown when they started and others are listed when they really started
getting some press. A few bands are under two sections given their influence on the
genres. Some bands changed their style over time, of course. There are lines showing close
descent, but in order to keep it from looking overly sloppy many were kept off--like punk
to hardcore to grunge.
We could further divide genres into greater depths--sub-genres further into sub-sub-genres
and those into sub-sub-sub-genres based on subject matter and whatnot, but this Timeline
is meant to generally include the most major groupings of heavy metal and there is a point
we reach where the door is already open wide enough and opening it more becomes a process
of deliniation that is arguably boring and for scholarly study only. I think it also
leaves enough room in here for some debate.
Also, special thanks has to go to metal writer Martin Popoff for some editing changes when
this was in its early stage. His books rule, so go pick them up at martinpopoff.com
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: THRASH has been moved down to '82-83 with Motorhead and Venom closer to NWOBHM yet just
above Thrash to better note their influences and sound.
: Renamed "Groove" to "Aggro-Groove" which is short for
Aggressive-Groove. Added bands Exhorder, Crowbar, Pro-Pain
: Renamed "Swedish Thrash/Death" to "Melodic Thrash/Death" to account
for other country's involvement after the Gothenburg influence.
: Grand Funk added to HARD ROCK 1971.
: Added Melvins to DOOM 1984
: Danzig moved to DOOM 1988
: Changed NWOAHM to Metalcore/NWOAHM due to dying out of term and added bands since 2004 that would fit.
: Changed 1984 "Metalcore" to "Crossover" with added Corrosion of Conformity, Gwar
: Possessed added to early DEATH
: Helmet moved from grunge to Alternative
: Added Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage to Alternative
: Added Post-grunge around 1993.
: Added bands Candlebox, Bush, Live, Collective Soul, Foo Fighters
Creed, Fuel, Staind, Hoobastank, Nickelback, Audioslave
: Added Rob Zombie, Halestorm, Shinedown, Buckcherry, Evanescence, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Hardcore Superstar, Ghost, The Pretty Reckless, Volbeat, Greta Van Fleet to HARD ROCK
: Added Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA) to Stoner
: Added Sunn O)) to DOOM
: Added Loudness, Avenged Sevenfold, Babymetal to HEAVY METAL
: Added Atreyu, Bullet for My Valentine, In This Moment, Parkway Drive to Metalcore
: Added Body Count to RAPCORE