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Jesse DiBona The Evolution of Heavy Metal The world of music since its beginning has seen changes of every kind Every genre has spawned into almost a completely new type of music Everything from rap alternative country and techno have all come from other types of music Heavy metal is no exception Although this rock style has changed greatly over the past thirty years there are definite aspects of the music that have remained and will continue to do so as long as the style exists No one really knows exactly where the term Heavy Metal originated Most people attribute the phrase to the 1968 Steppenwolf song Born to be Wild where the singer says I like smoke and lightening heavy metal thunder But an interview conducted with former Jimi Hendrix manager Chas Chandler quoted a New York Times articles review of a Jimi Hendrix concert like listening to heavy metal falling from the sky Browne 1 Despite where it came from the term Heavy Metal is the definite name of a definite style of music The first bands to really boast the music that fits the title emerged in the later 1960s and earned their popularity in the 1970s Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin two bands born in Britain paved the way for what was presumably the first real heavy metal The two artists shared similar musical components including guitar and bass drums and vocals The early metal music consisted of guitar and bass riffs which are repeated rhythms and usually identical rhythms between guitar and bass and heavier more obnoxious drumming obtained by utilizing and open high-hat In some songs such as Black Sabbaths Iron Man the guitar drums bass and vocals were all the same This offered heavy metals lowest point of complexity but the originality of the method helped to propel the style to its first success Sabbath and Zeppelin were also notorious for their extended guitar solos boasting
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