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English 15 sec 24                              2/20/2008 P a g e  | 1 Heavy Metal Heavy metal is an exceptionally profound genre and incorporates different groups of music into one large genre. The genre is broad and could have thousands of different ways of interpreting the actual characteristics involved. This genre is actually a sub-genre of rock music and has been developing since the late 1960’s and the early 1970’s. This genre started with influences from blue-rock, psychedelic rock, and hard rock. This genre is defined as the most extreme in terms of the heavy guitar and drum sound. There are many different types of sub- genres in the heavy metal category and have gone through many diverse changes throughout the years. Many of the heavy metal sub-genres are non-mainstream and are underground. The sub- genres are incredibly specific, but also hard to define into its’ own category. In my opinion there are eight specific sub-genres and have specific characteristics that would define it into that division. The specifics that go into dividing heavy metal into sub-genres are things such as instrumentals, vocals, and the real lyrical content. Black metal is one types of music in heavy metal that can be set apart from the other genres. The use of high-pitched guitars often played with tremolo picking, high-pitched vocals, fast tempos and abnormal song arrangement define this sub-genre. Drumming is also fast paced, and is often performed using double bass, blast beat, and D-beat techniques. Some bands rely on drum machines instead of a human drummer, because some of the drum solos are too difficult for a human drummer to play. This sub-genre has very fast-paced rhythms, often exceeding the speed of many other genres of music. Fast-paced rhythms are the epitome of black metal. Black metal, vocally, is sung with a distinct harsh style, often an extremely deep rasp or a high-pitched scream. The lyrical content of the songs, emphasize Satanic, Pagan, and occult themes.
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