we are going to take a quick trip down memory lane at the moment to review and see the history of metal music. Metal is a subgenre of rock music.
When did it start and who started it? It began around the 60’s and 70’s and started with groups like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and deep purple. These groups were the pioneers of what is now known as heavy metal. Largely influenced by a bluesy sound combined with some psychedelic elements the sound came across as aggressive and very macho. The loud and distorted embellished sound of heavy metal changed the musical landscape and gave birth to various groups of the metal ilk into the 80’s and 90’s such as Poison and Motley Crue.
The Cultural impact of metal:
For some, the social impacts of heavy metal mostly negatively affect the youth. A researcher in Melbourne Dr. Katrina McFerran has found that youth prone to depression listen predominantly to heavy metal music. Metal can become an escape for depressed or at risk youth during their youth teen formative years. When metal first came on the scene it met with tons of opposition in the mainstream media and by religious groups. Even to this very day, many evangelicals protest at metal shows especially since the advent of death and black metal in the 90’s. Metal underwent many subgenres and variations in a 40 year period. Birthed in the 60’s the revolutionary sound of metal resonated the massive cultural shift of the day and the complete overhaul of autonomy that marked the era of 60’s across the board. This would only lend to generations thereafter building not only upon the sound but the stigma attached to it as well.
This concludes pt.1 of our little segment on heavy metal history. Get at us here
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