“Heavy metal” (often referred to simply as metal) is a subgenre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. With roots in blues-rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion and extended guitar solos. Allmusic states that “of all rock & roll’s myriad forms, heavy metal is the most extreme in terms of volume, machismo, and theatricality.” Read more…|Edit this Artist photo: Black Label Society

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The Life in Your Own Hands Tour
Trapt, Sons Of Texas, Poynte, Guns out at SundownConcert
Johnson City, TN, United States
36.316291 -82.352728
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Bullet for My Valentine, Lamb of God, Motionless in WhiteConcert
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Darien Center, Buffalo, United States
42.926937 -78.386556

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The Smashing Pumpkins
Marilyn MansonConcert
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel NJ, United States
39.69306 -74.94306

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House of Blues (Sunset Strip)
West Hollywood, Los Angeles CA, United States
34.095001 -118.373663

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Howling/ Âme (live) at Output
Howling, ÂmeConcert
Brooklyn, New York, United States
40.722326 -73.957724
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[[Generation X]] W­atch Dope (film 2015) O­nline. F­ree , 'Dope' F­ull M­ovie ....
Indiana PA, United States
40.62139 -79.15278

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  • Hhhhappymusic

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  • carli666

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  • Trash73

    In regards to your statement "if Led Zeppelin can't be considered a folk band because they have too few folk songs?" Yes, they aren't commonly classified as a Folk band for that reason. Likewise, Nu Metal bands can't be considered Rap Rock or Alt. Rock because they have one or two ballads or Hip-Hop collaborations per album. Of course there are other influences throughout, but music is not an exact science so judging the ratio of Metal influences to non-metal influences accurately is virtually impossible. However, if you look at the ratio of pure Hip-Hop tracks/ballads to the heavier songs in "Lost and Found", "Life Is Peachy" or "Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses" etc. there are more heavier, groove orientated songs.

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  • Trash73

    I made an argument in the Lifelover shoutbox - that they were more Post-Punk than Black Metal here is the screen grab of my arguments. Lifelover are just as much a Rock band as most Nu Metal bands.

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  • Trash73

    Yeah, kind of pointless argument since Metal is not clearly defined. That's not the point though. Nu Metal gets a lot of stick for not being Metal enough when plenty of bands that are commonly classified as Metal can be seen as Rock "as a whole." Lifelover, Theatre of Tragedy (later), (early) Lacuna Coil etc. The rhythm playing in Nu Metal bands were much closer to Metal than those bands I mentioned, although employed slightly differently. Typical metal playing is solos and shredding, but Nu Metal bands did utilize these ideas and used them more for rhythmic playing. For example, Wes Borland is known for his hammer on tapping, and two handed tapping techniques (e.g on "Sour"). The technique would work well in solos, but Borland prefers using them more for rhythmic playing and also for ambient/drone effect by using the idea of drone notes. Also, Borland jumps 4-5 strings to give the effect of a solo (e.g he jumps 5 strings on "My Way") without sticking to typical Metal arpeggio solos

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  • bluegrassishhh

    Right. I agree that some nu bands can be considered metal - we established that a while ago. But nu metal as a whole is still rock, so we're really not getting anywhere with this.

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  • Trash73

    "Most nu bands don't sound like Sepultura, Otep or DD, they sound like P.O.D., Linkin Park, or Papa Roach. Why should such a tiny representation of nu metal w/ actual metal roots allow every other rock-sounding band in the genre to also be called metal " >>> I never said all the bands that media classified as Nu Metal is Metal. I'm sitting on the fence by saying that some Nu Metal is Metal and some isn't. I feel a lot of the 2nd wave of bands that were (loosely) classified of Nu Metal was a cash grab by record labels, that were looking to sign bands who had a fresh sound but still had a Rap-heavy Rock sound. These bands are not Metal, but a lot of the early bands were, in my view. Staind's "Tolerate" had some raw, groovy Black Sabbath type riffs for example.

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