Metal Research Paper - Laughlin G Conor English-102 Berner Melanie In the beginning there was just sound Sound became syncopated gained rhythm and

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Unformatted text preview: Laughlin, G. Conor English-102 April 19, 2009 Berner, Melanie In the beginning, there was just sound. Sound became syncopated, gained rhythm, and started sounding organized. Then music emerged. Music has been an ever-changing entity that has always been with us. In the last century music had many radical changes, mainly from the symphony to the rock band. As the rock band developed, many bands split off into different directions of sound. Out of that split came metal. Much like rock, metal has many different sounds, evolving out of the primordial ooze of music. And much like all music, it has changed through the ages. But not all changes have been beneficial. Some changes have strengthened it, while others have weakened it. How these changes have shaped metal today is not always clear, but artists have dug deep into the history of metal and pieced these changes into the modern metal monster. 1 To know how metal has changed, we must know how it started. During the late nineteen sixty’s, rock fans were devastated by the disintegration of rock and roll. Paul McCartney announced the breakup of the Beatles; Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison all died of drug overdoses, and four deaths at a Rolling Stones concert “had shaken the rock community.” (Christe, 7) Out from the crumbling ruins of rock and roll came Black Sabbath. Most would agree that the first genuine metal band was Black Sabbath, from Birmingham, England. Singer John Michael Osbourne, a.k.a Ozzy, guitarist Toni Iommi, bassist Terry “Geezer” Butler, and drummer Bill Ward formed Black Sabbath. Their “breakthrough” song “Black Sabbath” became the keystone for metal. “Here was a song based on only three tones, two of the D notes… Floating on feedback drones, the dimensions of the song’s horror grew and galloped into life at the climax as doomsday ultimately consumed the unwilling protagonist. I t was a grim tale worthy of Edgar Allen Poe, told through the new raven’s quills of guitars, drums, an crackling microphone” (Christe, 2). Black Sabbath’s sound opened the floodgates for metal to pour forth. 2 If Black Sabbath built the foundations and framework for the house that is metal, bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple gave it landscape and texture. By landscape and texture, I mean sex appeal and mysticism. While all three of these bands’ lyrics were “swathed in powerful mysticism”, only Zeppelin and Purple relished in it. “While Sabbath fended of accusations of devil worship, Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page lived and held court in the former estate of hedonistic English heretic Aleister Crowly. Purple’s tempestuous guitarist Ritchie Blackmore habitually wore a pointed black witch’s hat.” (Christe, 12) Zeppelin’s sound was pretty heavy for its time, and popularity. “Stairway to Heaven” is heavy at parts, but overall takes a relaxed position. Purple’s sound was a contrast to that of Sabbath and Zeppelin. “Deep Purple was a tremendous rock and roll force that combined the propulsive wall of Jon...
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2010 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Hertweck,tom during the Spring '10 term at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Metal Research Paper - Laughlin G Conor English-102 Berner Melanie In the beginning there was just sound Sound became syncopated gained rhythm and

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