Galvanizing Metal Music

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Metal music, which is mostly referred to as “Metal” is a very popular genre of rock music, though not the dominant genre in the modern world. Originating mainly in the United States of America and the United Kingdom in 1950’s, it developed and gained popularity in the next decade only. It is one of the most prominent genre in the music industry that has also influenced other genres, with its style, even in modern music. Metal music majorly consists of fast beats, a thick sound, tuned up by the amplified distortion, extended guitar solos and overall loudness. Lyrics are not the main focus of a metal song, it’s basically the instrumentals. The lyrics have a very masculine touch to them and don’t emphasize too much on optimistic topics. To start off, we should know the main characteristics of metal music, which makes it special and distinguishable from the others. Metal songs usually have loud guitars with heavy distortion, a very dense bass and drum sound and powerful vocals. A Bassist, Rhythm Guitarist, Lead Guitarist, Drummer and the Vocalist who might or might not be an instrumentalist, form a typical band lineup. All parts play a very important role in giving the song its spine. The electric guitar and the sonic power that it releases when amplified has always been the key element in heavy metal. Another one is the guitar ‘power chords’, which are played with a particular finger arrangement so that they can easily be slid up and down the fret board, for consistency of speed on stage. The prominent role of the bass enhances the metal sound, and the interplay of bass and guitar is a focal element that provides the low-end sound crucial to making the music "heavy". The spirit of metal drumming is to generate a constant loud bea... ... middle of paper ... ...d to these. It never really gained its own popularity and was criticized even more. Thrash Metal has recently seen quite a lot of popularity, even though the evolution of the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) age with Dubstep, Electro and House music is on the rise. Albums like Metallica’s Death Magnetic Slayer's World Painted Blood Anthrax's Worship Music, Megadeth's Thirteen have really put this music in the industry’s limelight. All these albums have only recently been released. Few forms of music receive such strong reactions as metal. Embraced by millions of fans across the world, it has also attracted a chorus of critics, who have denounced it as a corrupter of youth. Come what may, this industry will always carry on the legacy of Metal and optimistically come up with new styles and genres of music, adapting to the world as it changes.

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