Now That’s What I Call Music: Heavy Metal

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Now That’s What I Call Music: Heavy Metal is the perfect album for any metalhead. Featuring classics from Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer, this album has it all. If you’re looking for the heaviest of the heavy, look no further than Now That’s What I Call Music: Heavy Metal.


Now That’s What I Call Music: Heavy Metal is a compilation album featuring some of the most popular heavy metal songs of the early 21st century. The album was released on May 8, 2001, by Universal Music Group. It peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The album includes songs by Metallica, Slipknot, System of a Down, Godsmack, and Linkin Park. It was released as a CD and also as a limited edition double LP on vinyl.

What is heavy metal?

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States. With roots in blues rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre’s lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

In 1968, three new British groups began to mix blues and harder rock: Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath. Sabbath’s 1968 self-titled debut album had a wide influence; its gloomy, doom-laden riffs provided the template for much heavy metal thereafter. During the mid-1970s Judas Priest helped spur the genre’s evolution by discarding much of its blues influence; Motörhead also introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed. Beginning in 1976 with Iron Maiden’s “Phantom of the Opera”, sonically complex songs like Rainbow’s “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow” started to become more common. Other landmarks include Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975), Rush’s “2112” (1976), Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” (1976), Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (1976), Kiss’ “Beth” (1976) Van Halen’s debut album (1978), AC/DC’s Highway to Hell (1979), Judas Priest’s British Steel (1980), Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast (1982)…

The history of heavy metal

The history of heavy metal can be traced back to the late 1960s and early 1970s, when a number of bands created a prototype for the genre with their hard-hitting, distorted sound. These bands, including Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple, laid the foundation for what would become one of the most popular genres of music in the world.

In the 1980s, heavy metal reached new heights of popularity with bands like Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayerleading the way. This decade also saw the emergence of subgenres like thrash metal and death metal, which pushed the boundaries of heaviness even further.

Today, heavy metal is as popular as ever, with new bands continuing to carry the torch for this powerful and uncompromising form of music.

The rise of heavy metal

Though its exact origins are hotly disputed, there is no question that heavy metal first rose to prominence in the 1970s. Hard rock bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath paved the way, innovating a sound that was heavier and more aggressive than anything that had come before. As the genre developed, bands began to experiment with different styles, incorporating elements of punk, progressive rock, and even classical music. By the 1980s, metal had become a global phenomenon, with bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden achieving massive commercial success.

Today, heavy metal remains one of the most popular genres in the world. Thanks to the internet, it is easier than ever for fans to discover new bands and explore the rich history of the genre. Whether you’re a seasoned metalhead or just getting started, this guide will help you navigate the fascinating world of heavy metal.

The fall of heavy metal

The fall of heavy metal in the early 21st century was due to a number of factors. Firstly, the internet gave rise to a new generation of music fans who were more interested in discovering and sharing new music than in following a particular genre. Secondly, the popularity of Eminem and other rap artists led to a decline in interest in heavy metal among young people. Thirdly, the September 11th attacks in 2001 made many people reassess their musical tastes and move away from aggressive music. Finally, the rise of alternative rock and indie music led to a decline in sales of heavy metal albums.

The resurgence of heavy metal

Over the past few years, heavy metal has seen a resurgence in popularity. This can be attributed to a number of factors, including the success of metal-influenced bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden, the popularity of metal festivals like Download and Hellfest, and the rise of streaming services like Spotify, which have made it easier for fans to discover new music.

With its raw energy and aggressive sound, heavy metal is one of the most exciting genres of music to listen to. If you’re new to the genre, or just looking for some recommendations, check out our list of the best heavy metal albums of the past decade.

What is heavy metal today?

The term “heavy metal” today covers a wide range of styles and artists, from the hard-driving sounds of bands like Metallica and Slayer to the more melodic strains of groups like Megadeth and Iron Maiden. Metal is often characterized by its aggressive, driving rhythms and distorted guitar sound, as well as its use of themes like violence, rebellion, and sex.

While metal has its roots in classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, it really came into its own in the 1970s with the rise of bands like Van Halen, Kiss, and Aerosmith. In the 1980s, metal reached new heights of popularity with the help of MTV and groups like Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, and Guns N’ Roses. Today, metal is still going strong, with a new generation of fans discovering the genre through bands like Slipknot, Disturbed, and Lamb of God.

The future of heavy metal

With the release of “Now That’s What I Call Music: Heavy Metal,” the genre of heavy metal is sure to see a resurgence in popularity. This new album features some of the biggest names in the genre, including Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. For fans of heavy metal, this is a must-have album.

With the release of this new album, it is clear that heavy metal is here to stay. The genre has seen a decline in popularity in recent years, but this new album is sure to change that. With some of the biggest names in heavy metal featured on the album, fans are sure to be delighted. This is an essential album for any fan of the genre.

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