All of the Following are Typical in Heavy Metal Music Except…

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Most people think of heavy metal music as being loud, aggressive, and chaotic. While this is often true, there is a lot of diversity within the genre. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the typical elements of heavy metal music, as well as one element that is often missing.


Heavy metal music is characterized by a number of different elements, including distorted guitars, powerful drums, and aggressive vocals. While there is some debate about what exactly constitutes heavy metal, there are certain elements that are typically found in this type of music. However, not all heavy metal bands include all of these elements. In fact, some bands subvert or even avoid some of the typical conventions of the genre. Here are some examples of bands that have done this.

Genres of Heavy Metal

There are many genres of heavy metal music. They can be broadly divided into two categories: thrash metal and black metal. Thrash metal is characterized by its fast tempo and aggressive guitar riffing. Black metal is characterized by its dark, atmospheric sound.

Death metal

Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. It typically employs heavily distorted guitars, tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, blast beat drumming, and complex song structures with multiple tempo changes.

Death metal broke into the mainstream in the 1990s with bands such as Death, Obituary, Morbid Angel, and Cannibal Corpse. Since then it has diversified and spawned numerous subgenres.

Common themes include: death, violence, the undead, Satanism/occultism, and warfare.

Doom metal

Doom metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music that typically features very slow tempos, heavy guitar riffs, and bleak lyrics. This style of music emerged during the early 1980s in the United Kingdom and the United States, with bands such as Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Saint Vitus, and Witchfinder General.

Doom metal developed a cult following in the 1990s with the rise of bands such as Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Anathema, and Cathedral. In the 2000s, there was a renewed interest in doom metal with the rise of stoner metal and sludge metal bands such as Electric Wizard, Sleep, Sunn O))), and Witchcraft.

Doom metal is characterized by its slow tempo, dark atmosphere, and occult themes. The genre often uses distorted guitars, bass guitar techniques such as drop D tuning, and power chords. Drummers often use open-handed techniques and emphasize tom-tom beats.

Lyrical themes usually include topics such as death, despair, darkness, evil, horror, war (especially nuclear war), and insanity.

Black metal

Black metal is a genre of heavy metal music that often features fast, aggressive guitar work, blast beat drumming, and extreme vocals. Black metal lyrics typically deal with topics such as Satanism, anti-Christianity, and the occult.

Black metal was developed in the early 1980s by a number of bands in Scandinavia, including Venom, Mercyful Fate, and Bathory. Black metal quickly became associated with underground music scenes and was often associated with Satanism and the occult. In the 1990s, black metal began to gain mainstream attention, thanks in part to bands such as Mayhem and Burzum.

Today, black metal is still associated with underground music scenes. However, there are a number of black metal bands that have gained mainstream attention, including Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth.

Power metal

Power metal is a genre of heavy metal music that combines elements of traditional metal with speed metal, creating a more virtuosic and dramatic sound. Power metal is characterized by high-pitched singing, often with multiple vocalists, and is traditionally played on electric guitar, bass guitar, and drums. It typically employs monotonic melodies and riffs with fast-paced instrumentation and focuses on themes such as fantasy, mythology, folklore, and the struggle between good and evil.

Power metal bands from different countries often use different musical influences from their cultures to add to the overall sound of the genre. For example, the band Rhapsody of Fire (formerly known as Rhapsody) from Italy incorporates classical music into their power metal sound, while the Finnish band Battlelore uses elements of folk music in theirs.

Progressive metal

Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that combines the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex song structures, extended instrumental passages, and experimental sounds of progressive rock. Progressive metal bands are often influenced by other genres, including classical music, jazz, and folk music.

The genre emerged in the early 1990s with bands such as Queensrÿche and Dream Theater, who released successful albums that blended metal with progressive rock. In the following decade, a number of highly acclaimed albums were released by bands such as Tool, Opeth, Mastodon, and Gojira.

Progressive metal is typically characterized by long songs that are structurally complex and make use of unusual time signatures. The songs often include extended instrumental sections and use studio-based effects to create a dense sound. Vocals are typically clean and melodic, although growling and screamed vocals are sometimes used.

The lyrics of progressive metal songs are often complex and abstract, dealing with topics such as philosophy, religion, and science fiction.

Thrash metal

All of the following are typical in heavy metal music except…
– Power Metal
– Death Metal
– Thrash Metal
– Black Metal
– Doom Metal


In conclusion, heavy metal music is typified by its aggressive, often fast tempo; its distorted, amplified electric guitar riffs; and its forceful, pounding drumbeat. These elements are often combined with highly explicit lyrics that celebrate violence and excess. Heavy metal music has been associated with some controversial behaviors, including crime and suicide, but there is no definitive evidence that heavy metal music causes these behaviors.

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