Essay on Heavy Metal

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Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal’s popularity is and has been on the rise due to its many bands and increased guitar technology. Since the mid 1960’s, when heavy metal spread to the U.S. from England, it has grown in popularity. Many of the first bands that came from Europe came with two intentions; to spread heavy metal to other parts of the world, and to make it grow in popularity. (Ragland 1).

Heavy metal is a form of rock ‘n’ roll music played on electric guitars and amplified to unnatural volume levels. Such effects as feedback, distortion, reverb, and Wah Wah pedals are commonly added to the music. These effects create completely new sounds, exploiting the possibilities of electric guitars. Most heavy metal music is based on death,
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(Ragland 2).
Heavy metal emerged in the late 1960’s and the early 1970’s. Rock music had begun to lose its popularity. It became less persuasive, and more boring than ever. The youth of America had lost its interest in the rock era. This was due to lack of technology and style in music. (Ragland 2-3).

In the early 70’s, bands started to emerge to America from Britain and some other parts of Europe. They focused on the electric guitar’s central position in popular music.
Bands such as The Beetles, The Rolling Stones, and Cream, became very popular in the U.S. Thanks to these bands, a rediscovery of the influence of the blues guitar style led to more advanced gadgets made for the guitar (Reverb, Fuzz Boxes, Echo), and a deeper emphasis on exploration and improvisation. (Milward 2).

The Who, a band from Britain who came to the U.S. in the mid 1960’s, helped create the Hard rock era. Lead guitar player, Pete Townshend, would assault his guitar in a circular motion, thus producing an ear-splitting, teeth grinding power chord. Lead vocalist Roger Daltry darted like a madman across the stage while throwing his microphone in the air. The group assaulted its audiences with volume and distortion, and sometimes, violence. An example of violence is the act of smashing guitars and amplifiers. (Milward 2-3).

The high decipal volume, and distortion of hard rock darkened the imagery of the vocalists. Black Sabbath

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