Heavy metal is clearly a distinctive genre of rock and roll. Its roots lie in blues rock. This form of music gained severe popularity in the 1970s and rightly so. A lot has been spoken about heavy metal already but it is a genre that one can only experience and not describe in words. The intense amalgamation of beats, strokes, and drums create sounds that stimulates the mind in an intense capacity. It is less repetitive in nature and music is composed for the people who understand the silence in the loudness.
In the 1990s, more accessible forms of Heavy Metal gained considerable popularity. Bands such as Guns N ‘Roses and Europe scored high on popularity lists. In the nineties, there was also a new scene settling down its roots, Death Metal, with bands like Death, Obituary and Deicide. In 1991, Metallica’s black record was very popular and in 1994 the album Far Beyond Driven with Pantera got on top of the Billboard list in the United States.
The popularity of the traditional Heavy Metal declined with the turmoil that occurred in Seattle in the early 1990s. Grunge was influenced by a variety of Heavy Metal and has occasionally been considered as Alternative Metal. In the 1990s, new trends such as Alternative Metal and Nu Metal mixed Heavy Metal with other musical trends. Rage Against The Machine, Incubus, Limp Bizkit and System of a Down found influence in Rap and hip hop.
Various other subgenres were mentioned, including Progressive Metal, as bands performed various ways in complex compositions of songs. There are unprecedented varieties of Heavy Metal today.
Heavy Metal has been controversial. Critics have written it off as an impassioned youth scene, and conservative groups have objected to bands and their lyrics that they consider to be evil and harmful.