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Heavy Metal first started to make an showing in the late 1960's and the early 1970's mainly in the United Kingdom and United States. The genre spawned from mixing blues rock and psychedelic rock. The first actual heavy metal bands Were Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath. As time went on more heavy metal bands started making an appearances such as, Iron Maiden and Saxon coming from Britain, Motley Crew and Poison from America, bringing more sub-genres of the genre. People classified these people who listened to the music were called "metalheads" or "headbangers".
For as long as Metal has been around there has been a lot of different twists on the genre. Here are some but not all the sub-genres:
Melodic death metal became huge in the mid-1990s, with the releases of At The Gates "Slaughter Of The Soul", Dark Traquillity's "The Gallery" and In Flames "The Jester Race". These three albums became the founding block for the sudden eruption of the Gothenburg metal scene. This helped melodic death metal to become internationally-known, with bands seemingly coming out of the woodwork.Since the late 1990s, melodic death metal bands have added more melodic choruses and riffs and have used keyboards more prominently than other death metal bands; their lyrics, unlike those of death metal, did not focus on death, violence, gore, horror, or blood for the most part.Its influence lead to the diversification of modern metalcore, with melodic metalcore gaining prominence in the 2000s, especially in the United States. Stewart Mason of Allmusic stated that the "increasingly melodic" style of Swedish death metal combines the post-hardcore aggression and guttural vocals of black metal with melodic and technically proficient guitar lines. Stewart Mason claims that the style has become very popular in the United States, using the term "Swedecore" to describe Scandinavian-style metal as played by non-Nordic bands
Symphonic metal is metal music that has symphonic elements such as elements that are borrowed from other music genres (classical music, progressive rock) but usually with more keyboards or acoustic guitars and typically an operatic female lead vocalist.
When referring to bands from other genres, it refers to bands who use minor classical and operatic themes in their music similar to that found in the symphonic metal genre, to show they are more "symphonic" than other bands within their genre. Although many symphonic metal bands base their style solidly on classical music, a few follow a theatrical, more epic approach to this genre by including or basing their style in film music or movie soundtracks. A popular example of this type of approach would be the works of Nightwish and Epica.
Page modified by Thomas Skenandore, June 4, 2014.