#1
I didn't want to post this in any of the metal forums because i want to get a wider opinion.

How exactly do YOU define a song as 'heavy'? There are a lot of people who listen to all kinds of heavy music, and everyone has their own definition of what a 'heavy' song should sound like. I've always thought it was interesting how different people define this stuff, so I figure I'd ask to see what you guys have to say about it.

In my opinion, a song is heavy just by the overall feeling of the track: Things like big, distorted riffs; blasting drums; any tempo, ranging from slow to fast; pound your skull drum parts or an insane groove; and just an overall feeling of raw power and emotion that oozes from the song itself, whether it be through the instrumental parts, the vocal parts, or a combination of the two.
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#3
i think you pretty much hit the nail on the head with your description
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#4
Like the guy above me said, heavy is all about what you hear, nothing really describes it....but I'd say Gojira pretty much sums it up....especially Vacuity...
#6
I find slow, crushing songs heavier than faster ones.
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#8
Slower songs with really strong rhythm, that you can really feel. Has to have a really fat (For lack of a better term) sound. Blast beats and lots of double bass take all heaviness out of a song for me, it should have slow drums with a very obvious bass beat.
#9
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Blast beats and lots of double bass take all heaviness out of a song for me, it should have slow drums with a very obvious bass beat.


I think I tend to agree with you on that, but (at least for me) if it's too slow than it kind of takes away from it unless its got some kind of groove to it...so real slow doom metal-type stuff can be heavy but I find it to be iffy sometimes.

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Like the guy above me said, heavy is all about what you hear, nothing really describes it


That's definitely what I'm getting at. I don't know why but I've always thought it was interesting how certain people perceive music a different way from others, and I love learning things about what other people hear when they listen to a song; I feel like it helps me grow a music listener and as a musician to know how other people hear different stuff
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#11
Heavy to me is slow, deep, songs with the emphasis on the rhythm section.
Most "heavy" bands I just like to describe as aggressive.
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#12
The music needs to produce so much tension that it almost smothers you.
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#13
to me its the overal sound of the song
bc to me walk is the heaviest song out tere
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#15
^ kindly shut the fuck up, you're not welcome in this discussion.

there is only one definition to "heavy"... distorted, slow, chunky, chugging, catchy, deep.
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to me its the overal sound of the song
bc to me walk is the heaviest song out tere

i definitely feel you on that, Walk is heavy as ****...but other people may not think so. In this specific case, it's a matter of the feel for sure, more specifically groove-type drumming and rhythm section stuff versus blast beat stuff you hear in death metal and similar genres
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#17
The feel. It doesn't have to be super fast, slow, or uber distorted. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" by Cream is one of the heaviest songs ever, simply because of the feel. It's absolute chaos, and even moreso considering it's a 60's blues rocker.

Also, the drumming is completely necessary to make a heavy song. A steady rock beat is not heavy, pounding double bass can be heavy. Heavy is sheer aggression, in that you can hear every crack of the snare skin or bass head.

That's heavy.
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#18
I define heaviness with the potency of the riffs, say something like Electric Funeral by Black Sabbath, what makes it heavy is the dissonance in the riff, the grinding churning, but also it can be in the impact of a song, such as Curse you All Men! by Emperor, the fury of the the drums and guitars, it's a wall of power, but it's also a different kind of heavy, though sonically it's an assault, the Sabbath one can seem heavier due to the slow grind, rather than the fast. So yeah Basically the heavy factor is different due to different things, dissonance give a feeling of tension, which can lead to a 'heavy' feeling because it makes you uneasy, it could be a sonic assault with blast beats, it just just be the fact everything is ultra aggressive, It all really depends.
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#19
i'm really into what a lot of you guys are saying, i definitely agree with a lot of the stuff on here but i never even thought to put that into consideration until you mentioned it, especially what Slaytanic and Dakkstar are saying.
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Heavy is sheer aggression, in that you can hear every crack of the snare skin or bass head.

100% agree with you on this. the agressiveness and just raw power from a drum part can make a song completely
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#20
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The feel.


Completely agree. A straight up hard rock band can sometimes be heavier than a metal band if they have the right riffs and groove. For example, Alice In Chains are pretty heavy though most people consider them grunge.
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#22
You realise that The Beach Boys used a Wall of Sound?
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#23
Well, the song needs to be slow for me to be heavy at first, then, add some bad-ass bass and guitar, and a drum that would go with them.
The ultimate definition of a heavy song for me would be Sad But True by Metallica.
#24
im into slow slow slowwwwww chug parts, with longs pauses between chugs with a nice vocal pattern in between.

oh, and china's and snare hits need to be excruiciating.
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#25
low tune and aggressive sound.
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