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Heavy metal (often referred to simply as 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. With roots in blues-rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are generally associated with masculinity and machismo.

The first heavy metal bands (Proto) such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple attracted large audiences, though they were often critically reviled, a status common throughout the history of the genre. In the mid-1970s Judas Priest helped spur the genre’s evolution by discarding much of its blues influence; Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed. Bands in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWoBHM) such as Iron Maiden followed in a similar vein. Before the end of the decade, heavy metal had attracted a worldwide following of fans known as “metalheads” or “headbangers”.

Visit the NWoBHM sub-genre page for more details on this particular music movement.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_Heavy_Metal

Inclusive Traditional Heavy Metal Genres

Melodic Metal is often short for Melodic Heavy Metal and as such is usually included under Traditional Heavy Metal on the MMA. On rare occasions Melodic Metal releases may also be included under Power Metal however, such as Arven's Black is the Colour (2013).

Sub-genre collaborators (+ child sub-genres & shared with Hard Rock and Glam Metal):
  • 666sharon666 (Leader)

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MOTÖRHEAD Sacrifice

Album · 1995 · Heavy Metal
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"Sacrifice" is the 13th full-length studio album by heavy rock/metal act Motörhead. The album was released through Steamhammer in July 1995. It´s the successor to "Bastards" from 1993, and features the same lineup who recorded the predecessor. Mikkey Dee (drums) was actually only credited as a "special guest" on "Bastards" though, so "Sacrifice" is as such his first release with Motörhead as a permanent member of the band. "Sacrifice" would be the last Motörhead album to feature guitarist Mick "Wurzel" Burston, who left the band shortly after the recording of album. According to the other members of the band, Burston seemed to have lost interest in Motörhead and was unsatisfied with the financial part of his agreement, and as a consequence he contributed very little to the recording of "Sacrifice".

Stylistically "Sacrifice" is a more raw, direct, and heavy album compared to the more diverse "Bastards (1993)". I´d say it´s probably the most heavy metal oriented album in their discography. Tracks like "Over Your Shoulder", "War for War", and the title track are really heavy songs, which occasionally even lean slightly towards thrash metal (...and remember I wrote slightly). Not a single one of the 11 tracks on the 36:44 minutes long album are ballads or power ballads or mellow in any way. They are all hard rockers and while there are certainly variation between the tracks "Sacrifice" is definitely a more one-dimensional affair than the two direct predecessors. There is one "different" sounding track on the album in "Make 'em Blind" (which is basically an improvised track), but that´s only a slight diversion in style.

Motörhead are as always a well playing band, and we´re as usual treated to Lemmy´s raw vocals and his distorted busy bass playing, the twin guitar attack from Campbell and Burston, and the incredibly skillful drumming by Dee. The latter is always a pleasure to listen to, but his performance here deserves a mention among his most outstanding ones. The sound production which is a bit more raw and heavy than the case was on the predecessor, is perfect for the music and that part of the album scores high in my book. So upon conclusion "Sacrifice" is a high quality release by Motörhead. It´s not their most spectactular nor their most diverse or memorable album, but it´s one of their most consistent in style and quality and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved. If you want to listen to Motörhead when they are most edgy and heavy metal oriented, this is the place to go in their discography.

THE ORDER OF CHAOS Burn These Dreams

Album · 2011 · Heavy Metal
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"Burn These Dreams" is the second full-length album by Edmonton, Alberta's The Order of Chaos. The band won "Heavy Metal Album of the Year" award in 2013, according to their web site, but I don't know who honoured them with it. It wasn't a Juno Award, but nevertheless, recognition is still recognition!

The Order of Chaos's music style covers heavy metal, thrash metal, and power metal. Vocalist Amanda Kiernan sings in both clean vocals and a powerful fried vocal. Not a death growl but more of a higher-toned, throat-shredding harsh vocal style.

The album begins with the first three tracks showcasing the bands more technical playing style, and Kiernan's harsh vocals are heard more frequently than her clean singing. This gives the impression of a melodic death metal band almost except that the darker edge isn't there. The speedy guitar playing and drumming do sound more like technical thrash metal. The third track, "Hell Is Forever" includes a really awesome riff near the end.

Tracks 5 and 8 - "For Another Moment" and "End of an Era" respectively - are more melodic with clean vocals mostly. Kiernan's voice is quite an ear-catcher as she sings beautiful melodies. Other tracks on the album include more clean vocals than harsh vocals. I personally really like her clean singing and when the harsh vocals come in for emphasis or effect, it's really good. The songs were she uses her harsh vocals more I find less to my preference.

Lead guitarist, John Simon Fallon, is great both at shredding and playing more melodic leads. As well, we get fast, thrashy riffs, technical riffing, and more classic metal riffs. The band holds their heavy metal position as well as prove they can sway towards thrash or more technical playing. I don't really sense anything from the power metal zone except perhaps a little on the 8-minute plus "Darklord".

The closing track, "Guns 'n' Order" is a surprise though. It's essentially and good-time, party-it-up rock and roller but with something a bit less cheery after the chorus. The chorus itself is the best part with a very catchy, rhythm. "All you crazy metal mother fuckers won't you bang your heads / And all you sexy little women throw your hands up in the air". It's really a song for pickup trucks and outdoor music festivals!

The album initially didn't hold my attention well. Now that I am better acquainted with it, I have my favourite songs and favourite moments. It could be said that the style changes seem a bit too random at first and we are not sure if this is a melodic metal band or a technical thrash band with harsh vocals. And then the final track comes on to really throw you for a loop! But I'm cool with it now. It's good stuff.

If I have one gripe it's the sound production. There's a feeling of everything being a bit smooshed together. It's what I call "heavy wool blanket production" - you have all the instruments sharp and clear and then you throw a heavy wool blanket over top and the edge is taken away. Basically, if this album is not cranked, you're not getting your ass kicked!

For the production numbing down the music a bit and for the slow take up, I'm giving "Burn These Dreams" only 3 1/2 stars. I'm hoping to hear either their third or fourth album (CD sold out!) and see how it compares to this one. Still, The Order of Chaos have some pretty strong talent!

VOLBEAT The Strength/The Sound/The Songs

Album · 2005 · Heavy Metal
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2005’s The Strength, The Sound, The Songs is the debut album by the unique Danish Rock/Metal band Volbeat. Released long before their international breakthrough and before former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano joined the band.

This is arguably the heaviest and least eclectic Volbeat album in the catalogue, and probably the least commercial too. Its also probably the only one in their catalogue without a guest appearance from an outside musician. In several ways it stands out from the rest of the catalogue.

That all being said, it is still sounds unarguably Volbeat through and through. For example; Michael Poulsen’s unmistakable Danzig meets Johnny Cash meets James Hetfield meets Elvis Presley voice came out of the gates fully formed. Catchy sing-alongs are still the order of the day. Basically; Apart from the more radio-hard rock moments which would appear with increasing frequency in future releases, much of the band’s trademark blend of styles are still present and accounted for.

Highlights include concert favourite ‘Pool Of Booze, Booze, Booza’ which rumbles along with stoner rock riffs and groove metal chug and highlights the band’s more metallic side, as well as the cover of Dusty Spingfield’s 1963 debut single ‘I Only Wanna Be With You’ which highlight’s the band’s fun side, and ‘Always, Wu’ which showcases the band’s Misfits loving, catchy, Woah-Woah filled Punk influenced side. (Try saying that three times fast).

Maybe not their best-selling, or most famous record, but a very strong debut, a sign of things to come, and heavier and more consistent record from start to finish than you may expect. Overall, If you like Volbeat, it’s a must have.

ROCK GODDESS Rock Goddess

Album · 1983 · NWoBHM
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I've been enjoying this female power trio's debut album these last couple of weeks. I was digging through NWoBHM bands and checking out ones I didn't know. I had never heard of Rock Goddess. Girlschool are the most famous of the British all-women's hard rock/heavy metal bands of those days. I gave them a couple of quick listens on YouTube and decided the album had to be mine.

To say that these ladies pack a wallop doesn't quite do them justice. It's more like repeated hard-ass smacks to the side of the face and boots to your glutes. Think The Runaways at their most ass kicking moments doing a whole album of ass kicking songs. Jody Turner, Tracey Lamb, and Julie Turner not only blow the doors off but they blow the furniture against the walls and the pets out the window. Let's hope this is the ground floor!

There's not much point in doing a track by track breakdown, but there is a variety in the songs as there always was back in those days. Hard slammers, heavy stompers, mid-tempo rockers, and not a power ballad in sight!

My version of the album only goes to 11. I mean there are only 11 of the tracks listed in the album's track list as provided here on MMA, making the final track "Heavy Metal Rock 'n' Roll". But there is a bonus track, a cover of a song called, "I Didn't Know I Loved You ('til I Saw You Rock and Roll)" by Gary Glitter, which sounds like just the kind of party song that Joan Jett would cover.

This is crank it up and rock the house down music! And I'll just say it here and now that I like this album much better than either of the Runaways albums I've owned.

DANZIG Danzig

Album · 1988 · Heavy Metal
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Danzig's self-titled album perfectly combines the groovy energetic and gloomy mood sides of early metal, with Danzig's Elvis meets Jim Morrison vocals backed by the sounds of Black Sabbath and Buffalo. His first three albums are all fantastic and perfect that sound, and while Danzig II is pretty close, Danzig's debut has always been my favorite (though tied with November Coming Fire as favorite Danzig relate album in general). Punchy opener Twist of Cain, Am I Demon, classic Mother, and swaggering Evil Thing are some particular favorites, but She Rides takes the stage as the best. The slow lumbering drums and beautifully melancholy mood makes this blues metal perfection.

Danzig's songwriting style and atmosphere is like no other band, and this is its best display.

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FOZZY Unleashed, Uncensored, Unknown

Movie · 2003 · Heavy Metal
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I’m totally unashamed about my love for this band and this DVD! Released in Fozzy’s early days when they were playing mostly covers, this is complete rock ‘n’ roll nonsense documenting how Fozzy created heavy metal and then signed a dodgy contract that left them stranded in Japan for twenty years!

The main documentary is hilarious. You can tell everyone is just having a blast filming it, and the added cameos from the likes of Zakk Wylde, Sebastian Bach and Mike Portnoy just add to this. And at barely a half an hour in duration, this main feature has plenty of replay value.

There’s an abundance of extras too, including more daft early Fozzy shenanigans as well as sincere and out-of-character footage too, showing that even in their early days this band possessed unlimited potential, but then, what would you expect when rap metal pioneers Stuck Mojo joined forces with wrestling icon Chris Jericho?

ACCEPT Restless & Live

Movie · 2017 · Heavy Metal
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Restless & Live is a concert release from the veteran German Heavy Metal legends Accept. It was released on Nuclear Blast Records in 2017 on several formats; such as a CD set with tracks taken from different concerts across the touring cycle for Blind Rage (their third studio album since being reinvigorated by the joining of new singer Mark Tornillo). It was also released as a Blu Ray of a single entire performance at 2015’s Bang Your Head Festival. If you’ve got a bit more money to splash out you can get a set with the Blu Ray and CD versions, or if you prefer DVDs that’s also an option.

My personal preference for concert movies or albums is that they come from on single concert not a mix of shows, and if available preferably on Blu Ray, so for me this was the version I went for and am most happy with. (which this review will be focusing on).

In terms of specs: The Blu Ray version is in 1080p with PCM Stereo and DTS HD Master 5.1 options, Region:All. There aren’t any bonus features. There’s a booklet with some photos but no linear notes.

So the main reason you are buying this disc is for the concert; which is about an hour and forty-five minutes of blistering classic Heavy Metal. The 18-song tracklisting is pretty heavily focused on the three Tornillo-era albums, with a few of the classic ’80s crowdpleasing tunes added in as well. So if you’ve already got the DVD that came with Blind Rage its still worth checking this out for the different tracklisting and higher production values. (The CD version of Restless & Wild contains 27 songs and more of a mix of material).

The tracklisting is: 1. Stampede 2. Stalingrad 3. London Leatherboys 4. Restless & Wild 5. Dying Breed 6. Final Journey 7. Shadow Soldiers 8. Losers & Winners 9. 200 Years 10. Midnite Mover 11. No Shelter 12. Princess Of The Dawn 14. Pandemic 15. Fast As A Shark 16. Metal Heart 17. Teutonic Terror 18. Balls To The Wall

The performance is tight and professional but still has that ‘live’ feeling and energy, it isn’t all sterile but it isn’t loose and sloppy either, its just right. They all give it gusto and look pretty into it. There’s no complaints on vocals, musicianship or song selection for me. Wolf Hoffman’s guitar solos are as entertaining as you would expect and there’s a fun bass versus guitar trade off section at one point. The camera work, editing, sound and mix are all solid. Nothing jarring or out of place, no sync issues, all instruments audible and in correct balance. The songs sound clear and yet muscular.

Its a pretty simple and honest affair. There’s no gimmicks here; no big show with giant robot crabs on stage or band members catching fire or shooting lazers out of their eyes, and there’s no life changing documentary, no animations weaved into the concert or anything… but if you want to buy an Accept live concert and watch songs like ‘Fast As A Shark’ and ‘Balls To The Wall’ played well by the new line-up and competently captured and prepared for home viewing then it is an absolutely fine product and I highly recommend it to fans of the band, especially to fans of the newer three albums. For me, watching songs like ‘No Shelter,’ ‘Stalingrad’ and ‘Pandemic’ belted out enthusiastically are worth the money.

If you are new to the band, this is a very strong starting place, (if not entirely representative of the overall discography) and if you are a fan already its a worthy addition to your collection.

IRON MAIDEN Live After Death

Movie · 1985 · NWoBHM
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Universally cited as one of the absolute best live albums of all time, LIVE AFTER DEATH is the first live album / video release of IRON MAIDEN’s classic early Bruce Dickinson years and was recorded during their “World Slavery Tour.” Despite lasting a whopping 331 days, this double LP album only took two venues as their source for representing their electric live performances. The first 13 tracks were recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, USA and the remaining five tracks were taken from a night at Hammersmith Odeon in London. While LIVE AFTER DEATH was released both as audio LP and video VHS in 1985, the two aren’t exactly identical in content. The audio LP originally contained 18 tracks (one of which is “Intro: Churchill’s Speech”) but the VHS visual experience only had 14 tracks. Unfortunately when LIVE AFTER DEATH was originally released on CD it was too long for a single disc and instead of simply issuing a double disc, EMI unwisely decided to cut the last five tracks which included the Odeon performance, therefore it is highly advisable to obtain the Sanctuary remastered version which was released as a double disc and retains the entire run of one classic song after another.

LIVE AFTER DEATH is the absolute perfect live album. I very rarely put live albums high on my list of favorites because more often than not something or many things prevent them from capturing my attention and worthiness as essential. If it’s not the weak production values then it is the inability of the band to capture the magic that is manufactured in the studio. That is not the case here. IRON MAIDEN was at the pinnacle of their creative prowess at this point and after several outstanding and classic albums to mine for material, they perfectly execute these live performances and offer every little ounce of excitement heard on the studio releases. Bruce Dickinson nails the vocals and the thundering trio of Steve Harris’ bass and the guitar synergy of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith accompanied by Nikko McBrain’s stellar drumming style doesn’t get any better. While most of the tracks are performed rather faithfully to their studio versions, there is plenty of live improvisation taking places as well. Standout moments include Bruce’s attempt to get audience participation on “Running Free” and another great difference can be heard on “Revelations” where the tempo is upped and Bruce changes the vocal phrasing to make the track sound different and refreshed.

The video release offers all the theatrical visuals of the tour. The “Powerslave” album was based on ancient Egypt and likewise the stage was Egyptified to the max with sarcophagi, hieroglyphs and a mummified Eddie embellished with ridiculous amounts of pyrotechnics. The tour was a smashing success and this release whether it be audio or video is the perfect testimony to the genius that went into every single detail. The sound and mixing is perfect as well as Martin Birch found the perfect balance of every cast member and delivered one of the most satisfying production jobs for a live release that i have ever heard. In the visual department Jim Yukich perfectly captured two nights in Long Beach showing a great band doing great things at the peak of their game. Another piece of perfection with this one is the brilliant cover art of Derek Riggs surpassing previous album themes of Eddie as the mascot by incorporating those themes of previous albums covers and then putting it all on steroids. The spread of the album is breathtaking in content and color with the boldness of the yellows and blues. Every aspect of talent on board with this release guarantees to wake the dead. I cannot find one negative thing to say about it. It is true that Bruce doesn’t hit every note exactly as on the studio version every single time but when he doesn’t he offers interesting new ways of interpreting the classics. This is simply one of the most perfect live releases i have ever encountered and even MAIDEN themselves haven’t even come close to achieving similar results. Masterpiece.

OZZY OSBOURNE God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

Movie · 2011 · Heavy Metal
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It is an interesting documentary that tries to focus on his personal life. But it stays in the middle of the road in the end.

You have this big and interesting chunk talking about Sabbath then when it comes to his solo career they talk about 2 albums and... that's it.

Look, if you're doing a documentary or you focus on the music or in the person, every documentary that tries to do both end up staying in the middle of the fail road.

This is interesting, it gives you an idea how Ozzy was really in bad shape for so many years and how he turned things around, but it's far away from being a great and complete documentary.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY The European Invasion: Doom Troopin' Live

Movie · 2006 · Heavy Metal
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Doom Troopin’ Live: The European Invasion is a live concert video from Black Label Society, available on Blu-Ray. It documents the European leg of their touring in support of ‘Mafia.’

The setlist is fairly heavily comprised of material from the ‘Mafia’ and ‘The Blessed Hellride’ albums, with little from the first three records, which may be disappointing if its your only BLS video purchase, but which does result in little crossover with their other DVD ‘Boozed Broozed & Broken Boned.’ A similar idea to Kiss’ Alive II perhaps.

There are 16 tracks in the main Paris concert according to the back of the box but three of those are jamming. They tease the crowd with a bit of ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Mama I’m Coming Home’ for example. Plenty of the time between songs is given over for additional guitar soloing as well.

It’s a decent mix of fast and slow, its mostly heavy but there’s a bit of light in there and it gives a lot of time over to Zack’s guitar talents, without wasting too much time away from actual songs. I think a good balance has been struck of all of Black Label’s constituent parts.

The performance is fairly strong, noticeably so on the ballads. Zack has a good stage presence pumping fists, pointing and striking poses, although some of the spoken crowd interaction is very mumbled and hard to make out. A lot of the songs feel a lot faster, louder and heavier live than they did on record, and feel crunchier and more earthy sounding. The drumming in particular is a lot more impressive live; Craig Nunemacher has a lot of character I hadn’t noticed before seeing this.

I think the sound is very good. Its well mixed, fairly heavy and the songs have bite. It feels ‘live enough’ but it isn’t sloppy. Again, a good balance has been struck, this time between concert-feel and actually good sound.

There was a fair amount of effort put into the stage design too; mic stands made out of chains, skulls on plinths, an impromptu pub made out of amplifiers with beer sat on it, flashing siren lights, BLS banners etc. There’s a professional looking lighting show and the camera work is well done. So in one way, it’s a good looking concert too.

In another way however, the visuals are the only letdown for me as the editing is a bit distracting. A lot of time, especially in the earlier songs, is given over to fancy effects, going black and white momentarily, screen overlays, slow motion, fake film grain etc. which some viewers may find a bit too distracting. Luckily instances of this reduce as the show goes on. It isn’t enough to spoil the concert in my opinion, but if you are picky about that sort of thing I would recommend that you try before you buy it.

I had read negative reviews about this concert stating either that Zack was miming his vocals, that there were very obvious vocal overdubs or that the audio and video were out of synch. Whichever way, if you look at his mouth it doesn’t match the sound of the singing. That would have been a huge letdown for me. I was worried because the same vocal-synching issue had been a fairly big distraction on a Marilyn Manson and a Queensrÿche Blu-Ray I owned and I didn’t want to buy this if it shared the same problem.

I looked on youtube to see footage from the DVD which indeed had the problem, but read reviews that claimed the problem didn’t exist. Luckily when I watch my copy (region 0 Blu-Ray, with the audio set to DTS HD Master Audio) there is no issue at all. All the tom rolls, guitar solos and singing matches what you see on screen. Admittedly, Zack has a lot of effects on his vocals, other members do backing vocals and there are some sections of pre-recorded music like in lots of concerts, that you were never meant to think was live, but that’s about it.

The bonus features include an extra four songs (‘Been A Long Time,’ ‘Suicide Messiah,’ ‘Stillborn’ with massive extended-jam & ‘Genocide Junkies’) from London, three music videos from the Mafia album, a making-of for the ‘Suicide Messiah’ video and a 50-minute documentary feature called ‘Backstage Pass.’

The video is 1080i HD Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1). The audio options are LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS HD Master Audio

Overall, this is a fairly enjoyable Blu-Ray with a well performed and sounding concert and some interesting extras. I would recommend it if you like the band, as long as you aren’t very picking about over-edited concerts or only like the early material.

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