What Makes Good Metal?

author: slash is a guit date: 01/20/2004 category: genres' battles

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"What makes good Heavy Metal?" This question has plagued me ever since I was 7 and my cousin introduced me to heavy metal why on earth did he like this band but not very similar other band when I asked him he simply replied with "cos they're sh@t!" What? No reason just a statement this still applies today with my metalhead friend Stuart: he loves Queen, AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Van Halen but (this is a reference only those from the UK will get) he hates The Darkness which are a brilliant new band from London who are greatly influenced by the great glam rock bands they have it all hair, a brilliantly over the top Freddie Mercury style frontman, Angus Young styled guitars, a brilliant stage show and incredibly infection singles like "I Believe In A Thing Called Love." But Stuart doesn't like them "Why? They sound awesome!" I hear you cry when I ask him he says "They have stolen all their ideas and should be playing the Wigan Bingo Hall" it is true that they are not afraid to show their influences in a way which is obvious but so did Metallica in their early days so why not like them? I still don't know but I did again start to wonder what makes a good Heavy Metal band so I investigated the subject and wrote this article well here goes: 1. It helps a Heavy Metal band if they are from the UK no-offense to American Metal bands but the British invented it and do it in the majority better than the Americans (granted Metallica, Pantera, Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses are the exception to this rule) Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath invented the basic genre where Motorhead, Iron Maiden and the NWOBHM refined it to what it is today 2. They must have long hair (or at least have had long hair at one point) how many good Metal bands have short hair I cant think of any if you can please tell me. 3. They must have at least a half decent guitarist e.g no 7-stringers (except Steve Vai) and they have to be able to do a decent solo all the great metal bands have brilliant guitarists (Kirk Hammett from Metallica, Eddie Van Halen, Slash of Gn'R, Angus Young of AC/DC and all the others) 4. Attitude. One of the most important characteristics to have in a Heavy Metal band where is Metal without attitude? Without trashed hotel rooms? Without the willing groupies? Nowhere attitude is a cental part of Metal culture without attitude Gn'R and Motley Crue would only be good musicians with a bland stage show and a guitarists who looked like half man, half beast hybrids. 5. Memorable Drummers. e.g. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue memorable not only for his flying drumkits but also for his "relations" with Pamela Anderson), Nicko Mcbrain (Iron Maiden that name who can forget) and Lars Ulrich (Metallica who can forget the Danish berk who never shuts up? but we still like him). So there it is in my opinion the 5 things that make a good metal band.
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