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1. Heavy metal music – Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States. Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are associated with aggression. The first heavy metal such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath. During the mid-1970s, Judas Priest helped spur the evolution by discarding much of its blues influence, Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility. Beginning in the late 1970s, bands in the new wave of British heavy metal such as Iron Maiden, before the end of the decade, heavy metal fans became known as metalheads or headbangers. During the 1980s, glam metal became popular with such as Mötley Crüe. Since the mid-1990s popular styles have further expanded the definition of the genre and these include groove metal and nu metal, the latter of which often incorporates elements of grunge and hip hop. Heavy metal is characterized by loud distorted guitars, emphatic rhythms, dense bass-and-drum sound. Metal subgenres variously emphasize, alter, or omit one or more of these attributes, the typical band lineup includes a drummer, a bassist, a rhythm guitarist, a lead guitarist, and a singer, who may or may not be an instrumentalist. Keyboard instruments are used to enhance the fullness of the sound. Deep Purples Jon Lord played an overdriven Hammond organ, in 1970, John Paul Jones used a Moog synthesizer on Led Zeppelin III, by the 1990s, in. almost every subgenre of heavy metal synthesizers were used. The electric guitar and the power that it projects through amplification has historically been the key element in heavy metal. The heavy metal guitar sound comes from a use of high volumes. Guitar solos are an element of the heavy metal code. That underscores the significance of the guitar to the genre, most heavy metal songs featur at least one guitar solo, which is a primary means through which the heavy metal performer expresses virtuosity. One exception is nu metal bands, which tend to omit guitar solos, with rhythm guitar parts, the heavy crunch sound in heavy metal. Palm muting the strings with the hand and using distortion. Palm muting creates a tighter, more sound and it emphasizes the low end
2. Rock music – It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by blues, rhythm and blues and country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of genres such as electric blues and folk. Musically, rock has centered on the guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass guitar. Typically, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse-chorus form, like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political in emphasis. Punk was an influence into the 1980s on the subsequent development of subgenres, including new wave, post-punk. From the 1990s alternative rock began to rock music and break through into the mainstream in the form of grunge, Britpop. Similarly, 1970s punk culture spawned the visually distinctive goth and emo subcultures and this trio of instruments has often been complemented by the inclusion of other instruments, particularly keyboards such as the piano, Hammond organ and synthesizers. The basic rock instrumentation was adapted from the blues band instrumentation. A group of musicians performing rock music is termed a rock band or rock group, Rock music is traditionally built on a foundation of simple unsyncopated rhythms in a 4/4 meter, with a repetitive snare drum back beat on beats two and four. Melodies are often derived from older musical modes, including the Dorian and Mixolydian, harmonies range from the common triad to parallel fourths and fifths and dissonant harmonic progressions. Critics have stressed the eclecticism and stylistic diversity of rock, because of its complex history and tendency to borrow from other musical and cultural forms, it has been argued that it is impossible to bind rock music to a rigidly delineated musical definition. These themes were inherited from a variety of sources, including the Tin Pan Alley pop tradition, folk music and rhythm, as a result, it has been seen as articulating the concerns of this group in both style and lyrics. Christgau, writing in 1972, said in spite of some exceptions, rock and roll usually implies an identification of male sexuality, according to Simon Frith rock was something more than pop, something more than rock and roll. Rock musicians combined an emphasis on skill and technique with the concept of art as artistic expression, original. The foundations of music are in rock and roll, which originated in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Its immediate origins lay in a melding of various musical genres of the time, including rhythm and blues and gospel music, with country. In 1951, Cleveland, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed began playing rhythm and blues music for a multi-racial audience, debate surrounds which record should be considered the first rock and roll record. Other artists with rock and roll hits included Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis
3. Airbourne (band) – Airbourne is an Australian hard rock band formed in Warrnambool in 2003. Mainstay members are Joel OKeeffe on lead vocals and lead guitar, his brother and they were later joined by Justin Street on bass guitar and backing vocals. David Roads was also a member until leaving the band in April 2017 - Harri Harrison was announced as his replacement. Their debut album, Runnin Wild, was released in June 2007 and it appeared on the United Kingdom Albums Chart and United States Billboard 200. By August 2013, it was certified with Silver award by BPI, No Glory. was issued in March 2010 and reached the top 20 on the ARIA Chart, top 40 in the UK and also appeared on the Billboard 200. Their third studio album Black Dog Barking was released on 21 May 2013, Airbourne formed as a hard rock band in late 2003 in the Victorian country town of Warrnambool by Joel OKeeffe and his younger brother Ryan. Joel had played guitar since the age of 11 and Ryan got his first drum kit four years also at the age of 11. Joel met David Roads when the two worked at the Hotel Warrnambool, the pair brought their guitars to work and, after their shifts, jammed on song ideas, Roads was asked to join the O’Keeffe brothers on rhythm guitar for rehearsals at their house. By late 2003, Adam Jacobson had joined on bass guitar, in March 2004 the four-piece won a statewide band competition, Push-On, in Melbourne. Their early material was influenced by Australian rock bands AC/DC, The Angels, Billy Thorpe and they recorded an eight-track extended play, Ready to Rock, which appeared in July 2004 as an independent self-funded release. By that time Jacobson was replaced by Justin Street on bass guitar – Ryan had met Street while stumbling home drunk from a party one night, in early 2005, the band relocated to Melbourne and in August, they signed a five album record deal with Capitol Records. The group have supported Mötley Crüe, Motörhead, Iron Maiden and The Rolling Stones, in 2006 Airbourne travelled to the United States to begin work on their first studio album, Runnin Wild, with producer Bob Marlette. Runnin Wild was released in Australia on 23 June 2007. Three singles were issued from the album, Runnin Wild, Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast, a track on Guitar Hero World Tour. In February, Capitol Records cancelled their contract with Airbourne, in June, the band signed with Roadrunner Records for international distribution. The album peaked in the top 30 on the ARIA Albums Chart in Australia, top 40 on New Zealands RIANZ Albums Chart and appeared on charts in Austria, Switzerland, during late 2007, the group toured the United States supporting Kid Rock and Korn. Runnin Wild was issued in North America, Europe and Japan in January 2008, the album reached the Top 100 on the UK Albums Chart and appeared on the Billboard 200. In September 2007, they issued a live extended play. It doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to get compared to somebody, to be compared to the best rock and roll band in the business, who are still going today and are about to release another album, there is no higher compliment
4. Alter Bridge – Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. Since its formation, the band has consisted of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, the band is known for its acclaimed live shows and extensive touring. Following Creeds disbandment in 2004, former members Tremonti, Marshall, named after a bridge that once existed on Alter Road near Tremontis former home in Detroit, Michigan, Alter Bridge released its debut album, One Day Remains, the same year. Despite mixed reviews, One Day Remains went on to be certified Gold by the RIAA, driven by the release of the single Rise Today, the band released its second album, Blackbird, to more positive reviews in 2007, embarking on a successful world tour in support. The album marked the beginning of a collaboration with producer Michael Baskette. The band embarked on a tour in support of AB III from 2010 to 2012. Alter Bridge reconvened in early 2013 and released its album, Fortress, to further acclaim later that year, also embarking on a world tour. After releasing two albums, Marshall left the band in 2000, followed by the release of their third album in 2001. The band went inactive in 2003 following the conclusion of a controversial tour and that year, Tremonti began writing new material with plans of forming a new band with Phillips and Marshall. Being fans of Myles Kennedys former band, The Mayfield Four and they named the new band Alter Bridge, after an actual bridge near Tremontis home on Alter Road in Detroit, and subsequently began recording their debut album. Citing creative differences and increasing tension between Stapp and the band members, Creed announced its breakup in June 2004. Coinciding with this announcement was the one of Alter Bridges formation and of their debut album, the band members felt as if Creed had run their course and were determined to focus on their future with their new singer. Alter Bridges debut album, One Day Remains, was released on August 10,2004 by Wind-up Records, produced by Ben Grosse, the album sold 750,000 copies worldwide and achieved only gold status, a far cry from the multi-platinum success that Creed had previously achieved. It peaked at No.5 on the Billboard charts for fourteen weeks, after Open Your Eyes, two more singles were released from the album, Find the Real and Broken Wings. The music was composed completely by Tremonti, who had written most of the lyrics by himself. Several songs from One Day Remains established an affiliation with WWE, most notably, Metalingus was adopted by former WWE superstar Edge as his entrance theme in 2004, and it was used as such until his retirement in 2011. Alter Bridge would later appear with Edge in a segment on an episode of WWE Raw in 2005. An edited version of the song, Open Your Eyes, is featured in the videogame Madden NFL2005, also in 2005, Alter Bridge released a rare instrumental song called Ahavo Rabo Taco Salad for Total Guitar magazine
5. Atreyu – Atreyu is an American metalcore band from Orange County, California, formed in 1998. The band consists of vocalist Alex Varkatzas, lead guitarist Dan Jacobs, rhythm guitarist Travis Miguel, bassist Porter McKnight, the name change came because of a change of members and progressive musical styling. In 1998, Atreyu released an independent seven-track EP titled Visions, the album was sold at their live performances. Atreyu signed with Victory Records in 2001, and their most critically acclaimed works would be to come from these releases, in 2001, Atreyu signed with Victory Records, later releasing in 2002 their first full-length album Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses. The band also introduced a singer, Brandon Saller, the drummer. However, for Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses, his parts were largely confined to choruses, Music videos were filmed for the singles Aint Love Grand and Lip Gloss and Black. The latter video found significant airplay on Headbangers Ball and Uranium in fall of 2003, the bands second album, The Curse, was released in 2004, selling 450,000 copies. The band was featured on the soundtrack to the film Mr. Atreyu was also featured on the soundtrack to Underworld, Evolution with Her Portrait in Black, right Side of the Bed also appeared on the Burnout 3 soundtrack, a racing video game. Atreyu released its third album, A Death-Grip On Yesterday. The album peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200, with sales of 69,000, the band gained further fame when the first single, becoming the bull appeared on the soundtrack to Madden NFL07. The album was said to have a balance of Brandon Sallers melodic singing vocals and Varkatzass aggressive screaming, in early 2007, Atreyu signed a record deal with Hollywood Records for America and an international deal with Roadrunner Records. With a new label, the band began to prepare its fourth studio album, a jigsaw puzzle was released on the bands website, as the goal was to put all the audio clips of the single Becoming the Bull into correct order, forming the whole song. Lead Sails Paper Anchor was released on August 28,2007, the American release of the album had a bonus track, a cover of the song Epic by Faith No More while the European and Australian bonus track was a cover of Clean Sheets by The Descendents. The album was received mixed reviews, and was a notable change in sound for the band. Atreyu toured in the United States on the Taste of Chaos 2008 tour, alongside such as Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine, DespairsRay, Mucc. The band also toured with co-headliners Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for My Valentine in Australia and they also played the United Kingdom Taste of Chaos tour, headlining with Story of the Year and As I Lay Dying. On April 22,2008, Lead Sails Paper Anchor was re-released with new cover art, from July to August 2008, Atreyu headlined the Revolution Stage of Linkin Parks Projekt Revolution
6. Cavalera Conspiracy – Cavalera Conspiracy is an American heavy metal band founded by Brazilian brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, currently performing along with American musicians Marc Rizzo and Johny Chow. The band originally formed in 2007 as Inflikted but changed its name for legal reasons, the groups creation marked the end of a 10-year feud between the Cavalera brothers who founded Sepultura in the early 1980s. Following the brothers falling out, Max had formed a new band, Soulfly, and Igor had recorded four studio albums with Sepultura before leaving the band in January 2006. In July 2006, Max received a call from his brother. Igor joined Soulfly in concert and performed two Sepultura songs, after the show, Max suggested they begin a new project, and Igor accepted. To complete the band, Max chose Soulfly guitarist Marc Rizzo, the group then recorded their debut album at Undercity Studios in Los Angeles with engineer and co-producer Logan Mader in July 2007. Named after the original moniker, Inflikted was released through Roadrunner Records on 25 March 2008. On 16 August 1996 at 1,43 a. m, Max Cavaleras stepson Dana Wells, was killed in a car accident at the age of 21 in Phoenix, Arizona. At the time, Cavalera was the lead vocalist for Sepultura which was on promoting its sixth studio album, Roots. After hearing the news, Ozzy and his wife Sharon Osbourne hired a plane to take Cavalera and his wife, manager and mother of Dana, Gloria. After the funeral, Max returned his focus to Sepultura, told Max they wanted to replace numerous members of the bands staff, including Gloria. Andreas, Paulo and Igor proposed ending the contract with Gloria and hiring a new manager for Sepultura, the trio suggested that she could continue as Maxs personal manager but that someone else should manage the band. Max felt betrayed by his mates, especially his brother, Max decided to leave Sepultura, as he felt that his band mates were biting the hands that feeds. In an interview with Revolver magazines May 2008 issue, Max explained that Gloria had worked for Sepultura for two years without earning one dollar, just for the passion of the music. Disagreeing with the other Sepultura members, Max said, If this is how its going down, I cant just put a mask on and backstab a bunch of people that trust me. Later, Max stated that it was the hardest decision he had to make in his life and his departure from Sepultura caused a 10-year feud between the Cavalera brothers. During this period, Max formed a new band, Soulfly, Igor continued as Sepulturas drummer, appearing on the groups next four studio records before leaving in January 2006 to work on his DJ project, Mixhell, and to spend more time with his family. At the concert, Igor joined Soulfly and performed two Sepultura songs, Roots Bloody Roots and Attitude, for which Dana had written the lyrics, in an interview with Chad Bowar for About. com, Max stated that performance was the birth of Cavalera Conspiracy
7. Cynic (band) – Cynic is an American progressive metal band — incorporating experimental music, alternative, metal and jazz fusion elements — founded in Miami, Florida, and currently based in Los Angeles, California. Their first album, Focus, released on September 14,1993, is regarded as a landmark release of the progressive metal genre. Cynic disbanded in 1994, but reunited in 2006, and released their album on November 17,2008. Traced in Air was released through French label Season of Mist, followed up by an EP titled Re-Traced on May 18,2010 and their third studio album, Kindly Bent to Free Us, was released on February 14,2014. A recent concert October 3,2015 at Euroblast Festival featured guest drummer Matt Lynch, Cynic was formed by guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert in 1987. In 1988, the made their first recording, simply called the 88 Demo. After the demo, Paul Masvidal took over vocal duties, while continuing to play guitar, the band also added a second guitarist, Jason Gobel. Another demo followed in 1989, titled Reflections of a Dying World,1989 also brought the addition of bassist Tony Choy. In 1990, the group went to the studio to record their third demo, in 1991, Cynic signed with Roadrunner Records and recorded their fourth and final demo, known as Demo 1991. The recording of Cynics full-length debut album Focus did not begin immediately after the band signed a new contract with Roadrunner Records, Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert had played on Deaths 1991 album Human and were obligated to take part in the supporting tour of Europe. During this tour, Death ran into financial trouble, which resulted in Masvidal. During this time, the band parted with bassist Tony Choy, Choy was replaced by Sean Malone. The band used this time as an opportunity to new material. Tony Teegarden was eventually brought in to do the aggressive vocals, Focus was released internationally September 14,1993. Cynic toured extensively worldwide throughout 1993-94, including the Dynamo Open Air Festival in May 1994, asked in a 2012 interview on Prog-Sphere. com about Focus material, Masvidal says, Sometimes you just burn out on material and we have toured Focus quite a bit. It does have a history and it obviously had an impact as an album, with another album under our belts we’ll have enough material to really give people a whole body of new material to focus on instead of the past. But I enjoy Focus and to me it does seem like a record that represented something for us that was really honest, and I think it was a solid album, so it’s cool that it got some recognition. Musical and personal differences halted work on a studio album, as the group disbanded
8. Deicide (band) – Deicide is an American death metal band formed in 1987 by bassist and vocalist Glen Benton and drummer Steve Asheim as Amon. They would later change the name to Deicide in 1989. The band rose to success in 1992 with their second album Legion. Since their debut album in 1990, Deicide has released studio albums, one live album. In November 2003, their first two albums, Deicide and Legion, were ranked second and third respectively in best-selling death metal albums of the SoundScan era. Deicide is known for their lyrics, which cover such as Satanism, anti-Christianity. Their lyrics have resulted in bans, lawsuits and criticism from religious groups, Deicide was formed in Tampa, Florida on July 21,1987, after guitarist Brian Hoffman called Glen Benton, replying to an advertisement the latter had placed in a local music magazine. Hoffman and his brother, along with drummer Steve Asheim, had played together as the band Carnage. Carnage played cover songs of Slayer, Exodus, Celtic Frost, the new band, called Amon, consisted of Benton, Hoffman, Hoffmans brother Eric and Steve Asheim. Within a month, they had recorded the Feasting the Beast 8-track demo in Bentons garage and had started playing the occasional gig in the Tampa area, in 1989, Amon recorded their second demo, Sacrificial, at Morrisound with producer Scott Burns. Malevolent Creation guitarist Phil Fasciana recalls an early Carnage show, It was like Slayer intensified a thousand times, I guess Carnage had hollowed out a mannequin and filled it with fuckin blood and guts from a butcher shop. And then they threw the fuckin thing on the floor, morbid Angel had these pit bulls with them back then and they were just tearing the meat up. It was a really weird scene, man, there was blood and meat everywhere. Benton reportedly stormed into Roadrunner Records A&R man Monte Connors office and presented him with the demo, saying, Sign us, the next day contracts were issued to the band. In 1989 the bands name was changed to Deicide at the request of Roadrunner Records, Deicide then released their self-titled debut album, also produced by Scott Burns at Morrisound, in 1990. Their debut featured re-recorded versions of all six of the Sacrificial tunes that had secured them their record deal, both Eric and Brian tended to play technical solos at fast speeds and with overlapping riffs, which gave Deicide the definitive heavy sound and complex song structures. This lineup remained intact until November 25,2004, in the wake of increasing animosity between Glen Benton and the Hoffman brothers allegedly in regards to royalties and publishing, the Hoffman brothers later went to reform Amon. Shortly after, the roles were then filled by ex-Cannibal Corpse guitarist Jack Owen
9. Dream Theater – They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further on the band that would ultimately become Dream Theater. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together along with James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess until September 8,2010, in October 2010, the band held auditions for a drummer to replace Portnoy. Mike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29,2011, the band is well known for the technical proficiency of its instrumentalists, who have won many awards from music instruction magazines. Guitarist John Petrucci has been named as the player on the G3 tour six times. In 2009 he was named the No.2 best metal guitarist by Joel McIver in his book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists and he was also named as one of the Top 10 Fastest Shredders of All Time by GuitarOne magazine. Jordan Rudess is considered to be one of the greatest keyboard players of all time by publications like MusicRadar. Former drummer Mike Portnoy has won 26 awards from Modern Drummer magazine and is also the second youngest person to be inducted into the Rock Drummer Hall of Fame and his replacement Mike Mangini has also previously set 5 WFD records. John Myung was voted the greatest bassist of all time in a poll conducted by MusicRadar in August through September 2010, the band was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2010. The bands highest-selling album is the gold-selling Images and Words, which reached No.61 on the Billboard 200 chart. Both the 1994 release Awake and their 2002 release Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence also entered the charts at No.32 and No.46 respectively and received mostly positive reviews. Metropolis Pt.2, Scenes from a Memory was ranked number 95 on the October 2006 issue of Guitar World magazines list of The greatest 100 guitar albums of all time. It is ranked as the 15th Greatest Concept Album by Classic Rock Magazine, the bands eleventh studio album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, was released on September 13,2011. On April 9,2013, Images and Words won Loudwires fan voted March Metal Madness for worlds best metal album beating albums by Dio, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Megadeth, as of 2011, Dream Theater has sold over 12 million records worldwide. Dream Theater was formed in Massachusetts in 1985 when guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung, the trio started by covering Rush and Iron Maiden songs in the rehearsal rooms at Berklee. Myung, Petrucci, and Portnoy joined together on the name Majesty for their newly formed group, according to the The Score So Far. Documentary, they were waiting in line for tickets to a Rush concert at the Berklee Performance Center while listening to the band on a boom box, Portnoy commented that the ending of the song Bastille Day sounded majestic. It was then decided that Majesty would be the bands name, the trio then set out to fill the remaining positions in the group. Petrucci asked his high school bandmate Kevin Moore to play the keyboard, after he accepted the position, another friend from home, Chris Collins, was recruited as lead vocalist after band members heard him sing a cover of Queen of the Reich by Queensrÿche
10. Heathen (band) – Heathen is an American thrash metal band originating from the San Francisco Bay Area, founded in 1984 by guitarist Lee Altus and drummer Carl Sacco. They have released three albums, Breaking the Silence, Victims of Deception and The Evolution of Chaos. Heathen was formed in 1984 by guitarist Lee Altus and drummer Carl Sacco, shortly after their first gig in 1985, Kress and Sanguinetti left the group and were replaced by vocalist David Godfrey and guitarist Doug Piercy. The band also recruited bassist Eric Wong around this time and this lineup debuted in early 1986 and soon became prolific around the Bay Area. Their early style could be described as the aggression of thrash metal combined with NWOBHM-style vocals and arrangements, acoustic intros or outros, Heathens break came when they released their Pray For Death demo, which in 1987 resulted in their signing by Combat Records. Shortly after their signing Eric Wong left the band to join Piranha, Heathens debut album Breaking the Silence was released in 1987. The album was received critically and featured one very successful single. The song got some radio airplay and the video received rotation on MTVs Headbangers Ball. The band embarked on a tour in support of the album, in 1988 Carl Sacco left due to musical differences. He was replaced by Darren Minter, Mike Jastremski left the band shortly after, and the band went through number of bassists and vocalists between 1988 and 1991. In 1989 David Godfrey left the band due to personal and musical differences, for a few months the late ex-Exodus vocalist Paul Baloff became the bands vocalist. They also briefly toured with late Metal Church vocalist David Wayne, in late 1988, Rick Weaver was recruited from The Dispossessed who had opened for the Midwest leg of the Heathens national tour. He left amicably in 1989 citing creative differences, in 1990, Godfrey returned to Heathen. In order to record their album Victims of Deception, Heathen recruited Blind Illusion mainman Marc Biedermann to play bass in the studio, the album was released in 1991 through Roadrunner Records. It was also critically acclaimed, though it was not quite as commercially successful as Breaking The Silence. The bands cover of Rainbows Kill the King and original ballad Prisoners of Fate were released as singles and had minor radio airplay. The band again toured in support of the album, notably touring Europe with Sepultura and that year Heathen found a permanent bassist in Randy Laire and toured extensively until the untimely death of Laire and his girlfriend in a car accident. The band replaced him with Jason Viebrooks, Doug Piercy departed from the band in 1992 and was replaced by Ira Black