How to become a heavy metal fan

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Metal music and rock music are different. Metal music gets inspiration from various cultural and musical sources. It is not easy to become a fan of heavy metal music. Here are the steps of becoming a heavy metal fan.

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    You should browse through sites like Encyclopaeda Metallum. These sites have huge lists of metal bands, reviews of these bands, etc. You should also read forums and recommendations related to metal bands and listen to them.

  • When you like a particular type of band, start buying their albums and apparels. Whenever possible, try to attend their concerts.
  • You should learn about the subgenres of metal which includes Black Metal, Metal Core, Thrash Metal, Power Metal, etc.
  • You can watch the movie ‘Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey’. You will get lots of inspirations from this movie.
  • You should first start with the softer metals like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, etc. Then you can move on to Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and slipknot. After that move on to Metallica, Venom, Motorhead, etc.

You will see that soon you’ll start headbanging like the heavy metal fans. It takes some time to get used to the unique style of music. But once you get the grasp of it, you will enjoy it.


4 musical instruments used in heavy metal

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The beginning of heavy metals and it’s instruments can be dated back to the invention of electric guitar. Without the contribution of George Beauchamp, Paul Barth, Adolph Rickenbacker, and Les Paul, there wouldn’t have been any electric guitar, and heavy metal music wouldn’t exist. Here are the four musical instruments used in heavy metal.

Electric guitar

Electric guitar

You can get many variations of guitar from six chords to seven or eight string guitars even. In heavy metal music, highly amplified electric guitar is used. The heavy metal sound is due to the combination of heavy distortion and high volume. Most bands have two guitarists; one playing the rhythm guitar and the other playing lead guitar. The lead guitarist plays guitar solos, instrumental melody lines and melodic fill passages. The rhythm guitar plays the rhythm section of the band. This guitarist plays the riffs and power chords. The rhythmic guitar plays the chord progression of a song.
Shred guitar is another type of guitar that is used to play in the solo playing style. Shredding uses different fast playing techniques. Some of these techniques include sweep-picked arpeggios, finger tapping, fast scale, etc. Guitarists who play in a shred style use electric guitar with a guitar amplifier. A range of electronic effects like distortion is used. The shred guitar players use solid-bodied guitars such as Gibson, Fender, Ibanez, Kramer, etc.
Guitars that have double-cutaways provide easier access to the higher frets. Some shred guitar players use seven or eight string guitars that allow greater range of notes. The shred guitar players are very pick when it comes to guitar effects, they are normally going for expensive top of the line guitar pedals, like distortion, overdrive, audio compression units, etc. Special shred techniques include hammer-ons, tapping and pull-offs.

Bass guitars

They form part of the rhythm section. They play along with a rhythm guitarist, drummer, and keyboard player. The interplay of bass is one of the key elements of metal. The bass guitar is used to play the low-end sound that is required to make the music ‘heavy’. There are different types of basslines. Musicians use basslines for various subgenre of this type of music.

Drums

Drums

The sounds of metal drums have now become more processed than in the past. The toms of the drums must be tuned to a medium/low tuning. If you turn the bottom heads to the same pitch as the top, the drum will produce most tone. You can include pitch bend. It is necessary to turn your drums to low.

Keyboard

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Judas Priest, along with other musicians, went ‘pop’ with 1986’s Turbo. You can hear the echoes of the backlash which sound nice. But there are people who oppose the use of keyboards in heavy metal music. However, you can produce some dramatic sounds with it.

All these instruments form part of a heavy metal. Other than keyboard, the electric guitar, bass and drums are must for heavy metal drum. Other uncommon instruments like bagpipes are also used sometimes. When buying the right instrument, you should do good research on various kinds of brands.


The 4 best heavy metal bands of 2016

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Heavy metal is a genre of rock music. It was developed between late 60’s and early 70’s in the USA and UK. It has roots from blues rock and psychedelic rock. The band that produced heavy metal formed a thick and intense sound. Heavy metal music is characterized by greatly amplified distortion, emphatic beats, extended guitar solos and loudness. The style of performance of these bands and the lyrics of the songs depict aggression, masculinity, and machismo. Here are the best heavy metal bands today.

Iron Maiden

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Iron Maiden has stolen the hearts of millions of fans throughout the world because of their fearless creative independence and dedication to music. Their album ‘The Book Of Souls’ is known as a masterpiece. The songs of Iron Maiden have a universal appeal. Their stage shows are simply breathless. This band was founded by bassist Steve Harris in the mid 70s. With their third album ‘The Number of the Beast’ in 1982, they just moved the whole world. The band has completed a number of World Tours. They have more than 90 million album sales and more than 2000 live performances in 59 countries. They have so far released 16 studio albums.

Metallica

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It is an American heavy metal band formed in 1981. The original members of the band were James Hetfield (Vocalist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), and Ron McGovney (Bassist). They got famous with their hit song ‘Enter Sandman’. Though their first two albums had good response, but their third album, Master of Puppets, is one of the most important heavy metal albums ever. It became the first thrash metal album to be certified platinum. The title track of this song is the band’s most played song ever. The band released their first music video in 1989. Their 9th studio album, Death Magnetic, received much critical acclaim and the critics call it the best Metallica album in 20 years. This year, the band is working on their 10th album.

Black Sabbath

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This is a heavy metal band formed in 1968 by songwriter and guitarist Tony Iommi (singer), Ozzy Osbourne (bassist), Bill Ward (drummer), and Geezer Butler (lyricist). They are known as the godfathers of heavy metal. Their 13th album was released in 2013.

Judas Priest

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It is a British heavy metal band formed in 1969. It has sold more than 45 million albums so far. According to MTV they are the second best metal band of all time. They became famous with their album ‘British Steel’. They received Grammy Award in 2010. Their songs are featured in video games like the Rock Band series and Guitar Hero.

All these bands are legendary. They all had changes inside the band, and had ups and downs in their careers, but they fought and came out of it. At the end, they have made place at the top heavy metal bands of all time.


Top 3 metal songs of all time

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There are many fans of metal songs around the world. Metal songs are known for their fast, heavy and loud sound. These songs force you to listen intensely. Here are the best metal songs of all times.

“Master of Puppets,” by Metallica

The song’s theme was about the warning of the power of drug abuse. The song’s introduction was very sharp. The head-banging tempo is just awesome. Every teenager would scream out ‘Master! Master!’ as loudly they can to this song. Jame Hetfield solo sounded really well within the breakdown and harmony line. The Kirk Hammett solo adds an extra touch to the song. This is the best metal song ever produced.

“Ace of Spades,” by Motörhead

The song is fast and hard metal from the very beginning. Lemmy did a great job on the bass and Taylor was awesome with the drums. The pace of the song is simply remarkable. Eddie Clarke sang it really well.

“Crazy Train,” by Ozzy Osbourne

He was part of the band Black Sabbath in 1980 and started his solo career. The song ‘Crazy Train’ brought him instant success. The lyrics were great and Randy Rhoad’s guitar work was outstanding. This is one of the best metal songs ever.

The fan base of metal songs is different than the other songs. These people love the strong lyrics and loudness of the music. They love to dance and shout with the music. This genre of music is very popular among the teenagers.