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Heavy Metal (often referred to simply as metal) is a genre of Rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely out of the United Kingdom and the United States. With some of it's roots in Blues-Rock and some in Psychedelic Rock, the bands that created Heavy Metal developed a rich, huge sound, with highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are generally associated with masculinity and machismo.

Some of the early days of Heavy Metal, was created by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, these bands attracted large audiences, though they were often critically reviled, a status common throughout the history of the genre. In the mid-1970s Judas Priest and Anvil helped spur the genre’s evolution by discarding much of its blues influence; Motörhead introduced a Punk sensibility and an increasing emphasis on the speed and tempo. Bands in the bracket of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal such as Iron Maiden followed in a similar vein. Before the end of the decade, Heavy Metal had attracted a worldwide following of fans known as “metalheads” or “headbangers”.

In the 1980s, Glam Metal became a major commercial force with groups like Mötley Crüe. Underground scenes produced an array of more extreme, aggressive styles: Thrash Metal broke into the mainstream with bands such as Metallica and Slayer while other styles like Death Metal and Black Metal remain a subcultural phenomena. Since the mid-1990s, popular styles such as Nu Metal, which often incorporates elements of Grunge and Hip Hop; and Metalcore, which blends extreme metal with Hardcore Punk, have further expanded the definition of the genre.

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There are many other pages on Altopedia that could be included into Metal, we welcome any and all to add Metal as a category to whichever pages you feel might deserve it, but seeing as we don't like Genrefication, we've put all the musical artists (regardless of genre) into our Bands Category and our Music Category.

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