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Heavy metal. Characteristics include loud volume, distortion, sreeching vocals, emphatic beats, extended guitar solos, technical skills on instruments, and provides an ideal outlet for frustrastion.

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heavy metal
Heavy metal
  • Characteristics include loud volume, distortion, sreeching vocals, emphatic beats, extended guitar solos, technical skills on instruments, and provides an ideal outlet for frustrastion.
  • Themes include Social Chaos, good vs. evil, the afterlife, dark/morbid issues, and the supernatural
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Heavy Metal
  • visual imagery plays a large role in heavy metal
  • heavy metal band\'s "image" is expressed in album sleeve art, logos, stage sets, clothing, and music videos
  • Some known for outrageous and wild performance personas
prototypical heavy metal bands
Prototypical Heavy Metal Bands
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Black Sabbath
  • Deep Purple
  • (Blue Cheer’s Summertime Blues often cited as first heavy metal song)
working class values
Working Class Values
  • Heavy Metal rose out of distrust of American Government “Nixon Scandal,” Anti-War sentiments, high unemployment, increasingly more depressed society, wanting to explore issues such as drugs, mythology, and the afterlife
term heavy metal
Term “Heavy Metal”
  • First appeared in a few William Burroughs books The Soft Machine and Nova Express.“Heavy Metal Kid.” (Heavy Metal Kid was refferred to as someone with drug addictions).
  • Steppenwolf’s Born to Wild “Heavy Metal Thunder”
led zeppelin and stairway to heaven from led zeppelin iv
Led Zeppelin and “Stairway to Heaven” from Led Zeppelin IV
  • Led Zeppelin formed in 1968 in London.
    • Jimmie Page, guitar
    • John Bonham, drums
    • John Paul Jones, electric bass and organ
    • Robert Plant, vocals
  • Guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant were fascinated by mythology, Middle Earth fantasy, and the occult.
  • They became one of the most enduring bands in rock history, selling over 50 million records.
  • Influences drew from various sources: urban blues, San Francisco psychedelia, the virtuoso guitar playing of Jimi Hendrix
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“Stairway to Heaven”
  • Anthem of heavy metal music
  • Thunderous volume
  • The eight-minute track was never released as a single. You had to purchase the album to own a copy of the song.
  • The album cover did not bear the name of the album, band, or record company.
    • Led Zeppelin IV eventually sold fourteen million copies and reached Number Two on the Billboard Top 10 LP charts; it stayed on the charts for five years.
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“Stairway to Heaven”
  • Text composed by Robert Plant
    • References to mythological beings
      • The May Queen and the Piper
    • Rural images
      • Paths and roads, rings of smoke through the forest, a songbird by a brook, the whispering wind
    • Helped create a cumulative mood of mystery and enchantment
  • Structure of the song
    • Basic building blocks are straightforward four- and eight-measure phrases
    • Three main sections
    • The arrangement is constructed to create continual escalation in density, volume, and speed.
black sabbath
Black Sabbath
  • British Band
  • Formed in 1968 by Ozzy Osbourne(vocals), Tony Lommi(guitar, Geezer Butler(bass), and Bill Ward(drums).
  • Originally formed as heavy blues band named Earth covering Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf songs
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Deep Purple
  • English Rock Band formed in 1968
  • Once listed in Guiness Book of World Records as “loudest pop group.”