The Polishing of Metal
Part 9 - Dictionary Of Heavy
By Derek McDonald
This section is not complete!!!
See CD and LP.
NOT a genre of Heavy Metal, but its
offspring which merge Metal, Punk and Pop into a neat little package using 3
chord sound. This type of music is often blamed for being conformist, new style
pop, fake punk or just plain boring. A few bands were innovative at the start
but it quickly lost favor. Examples: Pearl Jam, Green Day, Tragically Hip.
The merging of Thrash with Death.
This applies to all bands who use the occult, black magic or Satan as their
prime source of reference. Many early performers used 1970's SATANIC METAL and
early 1980's NWOBHM as influences but did it poorly.
Compact Disc recording. Flat, silver disc
with microscopic pits creating shaded areas which an optical 'laser' beam will
reflect light to. A sensor sends signals to an amplifier to produce music.
The opposite of BLACK METAL. As
the name implies, these bands promote the messages of Christianity through
their lyrics. They are too often characterized by high pitched vocals,
predictable arrangements and a commercial sound. Despite their Christian
preaching, the Christian churches still denounce them.
Most bands originating in the late
1960's and 1970's. Heavy experimentation and wild style changes between albums
were the norm. Solid rock beats and simple lyrics were the norm. Examples:
Motorhead, AC/DC, WASP.
A recording which contains a collage
of bands and/or songs.
Any band which merges two or more
musical styles. The theory states that this idea will double your audience as
it will appeal to all genres being incorporated. Practice is another matter.
Often bands perform Crossover pieces not by design.
An extreme form of Thrash. A sub-set of
Thrash characterized by deep growling vocals and heavy bass guitars. Lyrics
often dealing with death, carnage and horror. Examples: Death, Emperor,
Demonstration recording made for devout
fans and the ears of record companies. Usually bands will make several of these
before getting signed. Demos aren't usually needed after a contract is
The first experiments with
merging electronics with rock music. Would be used as an example to support the
later incarnation called INDUSTRIAL METAL.
Extended Play. A recording which is halfway
between a Single and an LP.
See GRINDCORE and THRASH.
A style which came into popularity in the
early 1990's. Utilizing only 3 chords. A new merging of punk with Metal. Often
dispensing with many of the stage antics and "frills" and using a more street
like appearance of ripped clothing and depressing songs. Examples: Nirvana,
Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins.
A sub-Genre of Thrash. The merging of
Punk with Thrash-Metal. Usually characterized by fast, growling vocals,
powerful bass guitars and fast drumming (usually out of step with the song).
Almost always performed badly.
A blanket, and some say now
obsolete, name which covers most items covered in this article. Originally it
was applied to segments of the Hard Rock genre that specialized in long, often
complex compositions and displayed a high level of music dexterity. The artists
concentrated on albums rather than singles. 'Heavy' as an adjective defines the
sentiments of the musicians involved
that is it is to be taken seriously.
The term 'Heavy Metal' is originally biker slang for Motorcycle. The genre got
its first popular following from the biker crowd. Now 'Heavy Metal' or just
'Metal' describes most forms of hard rock music produced today. 'Metal" is the
only remaining stronghold of the traditional values of Rock-n-Roll.
A movement in the 1990's which merged
Heavy Metal with computer electronic sounds. This extreme form of Thrash tends
to be monotonous and involves simple lyrics, constant drum beat with
electronically aided white noise. Often reminiscent of Dance music. Examples:
Fear Factory, White Zombie.
Long Play recording. Usually refers to a
33-1/3 12" vinyl recording containing many songs.
See HEAVY METAL.
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Name of
the sub-genre which started in England during the late 1970's and early 1980's
characterized by harmonized and majestic guitar riffs backed by a thunderous
bass. Majestic imagery with a fast almost punk-style beat. Bass guitar follows
drums and powerful use of rhythm guitars, especially as solo items is utilized.
Examples: Iron Maiden, Saxon, Def Leppard.
The merging of the commercial concerns
of pop music with the aggressiveness of Metal. Such groups will produce
sub-four minute blasts of melodic tunes, often ballads, with infectious chorus
and economical guitar use.
Name dubbed to anyone who follows Heavy
Metal because it is popular but does not truly understand or believe in its
Not recognized as a sub-genre. Used
to describe a type of sound which utilizes long songs with melodic voice and
guitar playing. Often experimental. Stems back to the "pro Rock" movement of
the 1970's. Examples: QueensRyche, Psyco Drama, Dream Theater.
A recording made simply to promote a band.
Many are often sold cheap or given away.
See Black Metal.
A recording containing only a small
number of songs (usually less than 3).
A genre of Heavy Metal originating from
NWOBHM and the experimental work done by Motorhead and Venom. It is usually
characterized by low almost growling vocals, powerful guitar riffs and fast
drumming (often out of step with the song). It is possible to perform Thrash
correctly, but moist bands fall short of this goal. Lyrics often deal with
violence and anger. Rarely do relationship or political issues enter. Examples:
Infernal Majesty, Slayer, Metallica.
Anything which is happening without
the intervention of large corporations and out of sight of the regular
Any band who does not posses a record
See CHRISTIAN METAL.
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