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Heavy Metal Rock Is Still Alive And Well
By John Tahan
Even if heavy metal is seen by many people as evil and destructive it is still very popular
among young and old. It is pretty obvious that the thing teenagers today (and yesterday
and tomorrow) are crazy about is music. Of all the musical genres the one with probably the
most enthusiastic fans has to be heavy metal and all the hundreds of sub-categories, whether
it is classic hard rock or grindcore.
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Discordant heavy metal music struck a chord with many teenagers during the late '70s and '80s.
The loud, fast, guitar-driven music has since languished commercially as successive generations
have chosen newer soundtracks to fuel their rebellion against the establishment. Many of
the original fans, however, never moved on, even as they aged, started careers, got married
and had children of their own.
"If you're seeing a 40-year-old at a concert, you're quite sure at 18 you know what kind of
music he was into. For so many people the music of the most emotional point of their lives
is a touchstone that they return to for the rest of their lives, there keeping their own
youth alive. Heavy metal fans wear their passion on more than just the sleeves of skull
T-shirts and black leather jackets. For many of them, the music--louder and faster than
anything heard before--became a way of life. The mostly white, mostly male and mostly
middle-class listeners found a feeling of power over their parents, over their teachers,
over the jocks at school that treated them as outcasts.
Metalheads, or headbangers, as they called themselves, built up a community linked through
underground tape swapping networks and conversations about Metallica lyrics while camping
out on line for concert tickets.
A second wave of British and American rock bands became popular during the late 1960s to
the 1970s, with groups that were more steeped in American blues music than their more
pop-oriented predecessors. Bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper,
Judas Priest, Status Quo, Aerosmith, Queen, Black Sabbath, and Uriah Heep played highly
amplified, guitar-driven hard rock that would come to be known as heavy metal. Heavy
metal languished into obscurity in the late 1970s. A few bands including Kiss, Queen,
Black Sabbath,AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith maintained large followings and there
were occasional mainstream hits such as Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) the Reaper".
Music critics overwhelmingly disliked the genre. This began to change in 1978 following
the release of Van Halen's eponymous, self-titled debut album. The album helped to usher
in an era of high-energy rock and roll, based out of Los Angeles, California.
One genre that was widely popular in the 1980s (c.1983) was glam metal. Taking influence
from various artists such as Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Queen, Kiss, Alice Cooper,
Twisted Sister, (all but Queen would eventually play glam metal at some point in the 80s),
Sweet and the New York Dolls. The earliest glam metal bands to gain notability included:
Mötley Crüe, W.A.S.P. and Ratt. They became known for their debauched lifestyles, teased
hair and use of make-up and clothing. Their songs were bombastic and often defiantly macho,
with lyrics focused on sex, drinking, drugs, and the occult.
By the mid 1980s, a formula developed in which a glam metal band had two hits -- one a
"power ballad" (slow-dance tempo, with soft verses and bombastic anthemic choruses),
and the other a hard-rocking anthem. In 1987 a second wave of glam metal acts, sometimes
referred to as sleaze rock, emerged including L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat.
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