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#1
I mean like what sounds heavy in a song?Speed? rythm? or just as much sounds as possible at one time?

I`ve never thought speed means heavy tough many people do.I dont find CoB stuff heavy but metallica`s sad but true is...heavy for me so what sounds heavy in a song?
#3
All Hail The New Flesh - Strapping Young Lad.

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#4
when it feels there's a wall rushing towards you from the speakers - that's heavy
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#5
Low tunings, dark riffs, lots of distortion, drums in half time, drums in double time, really fast guitar solos, all that stuff will make a heavy song. Hope that helps!
#7
Dominant drums. Distorted and fast guitars with complex rhythms. Yelling, screaming or growling. Bass lines that mainly follow the roots of guitar chords (excluding bands like Necrophagist).
#8
Speed =/= Heaviness

I find the heaviest songs are the slower tempo ones that sound more deliberate in their execution. With fast songs, it's just like pummelling. With slower "heavier" songs, it's "I'm grabbing your skull and slowly squeezing your brain out through your eyes. Why? Because it hurts more, you twit"
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The Use of very powerful chords with hard drums

So far i`m most agreed with you... as i said fast rythms dont always feel heavy to me nor do growling vocals
#12
what i've experienced is that it's not the guitar that makes stuff heavy, it's the drums and the bass

but still, tune two steps down and play some technical death metal with complex time stamps/rhythms and you might sound heavy as well (powerchords aren't heavy imo, they're cheap and shouldn't be at the base of a song)
#13
Killswitch Engage - Temple From The Within, Take This Oath breakdown

Its basically a slow tempo groove using a lot of low/bass notes
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Quote by numinis
what i've experienced is that it's not the guitar that makes stuff heavy, it's the drums and the bass

but still, tune two steps down and play some technical death metal with complex time stamps/rhythms and you might sound heavy as well (powerchords aren't heavy imo, they're cheap and shouldn't be at the base of a song)


Powerchords are valid techniques, and can be made to sound very heavy indeed. Hell, all these people who bash pop punk and their overuse of powerchords probably don't realise that their beloved metal band that plays in drop B, when they barre and play those fast riffs are actually playing powerchords as well
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Powerchords are valid techniques, and can be made to sound very heavy indeed. Hell, all these people who bash pop punk and their overuse of powerchords probably don't realise that their beloved metal band that plays in drop B, when they barre and play those fast riffs are actually playing powerchords as well


1) I know when I play a powerchord mate, even on a dropped guitar
2) you're right, most bands do but the powerchords should be played occasionally, songs based on power chords (99% of all punk bands) don't sound heavy

I forgot to say shredding doesn't only sound heavy, it allso makes you look like some kind of guitar god when your girlfriend comes over
#16
it is heavy when your mp3 player wheighs more than without that song!!!


speed =l= heavyness....!!

i would say lot's of distortion and bass make it heavy
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1) I know when I play a powerchord mate, even on a dropped guitar
2) you're right, most bands do but the powerchords should be played occasionally, songs based on power chords (99% of all punk bands) don't sound heavy

I forgot to say shredding doesn't only sound heavy, it allso makes you look like some kind of guitar god when your girlfriend comes over


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#18
lots of bass from the amplification. imo.

you can get various equalizer presets on audio players that'll make any song "heavy".
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it is heavy when your mp3 player wheighs more than without that song!!!


speed =l= heavyness....!!

i would say lot's of distortion and bass make it heavy


what does the "=l=" mean?
#20
Quote by numinis
1) I know when I play a powerchord mate, even on a dropped guitar
2) you're right, most bands do but the powerchords should be played occasionally, songs based on power chords (99% of all punk bands) don't sound heavy

I forgot to say shredding doesn't only sound heavy, it allso makes you look like some kind of guitar god when your girlfriend comes over


1) I was making a general statement, not a personal jab
2) it's not the powerchord itself that makes something heavy- it's how they're used. Powerchords are a great base for a heavy song- it's how you use them, and what else you throw in that makes a song heavy.
#23
It's the content and aesthetics of a song that makes it heavy. Something that strikes fear, anger, violence, despair, melancholy, chaos, et cetera in the listener is heavy.

Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath is one of the heaviest songs I have ever heard. It's slow, with a (somewhat) clean verse, is in a simple time signature, and is basically 2 notes. It feels like I'm being dragged through mud every time I hear it.

My Name Is Mud is another heavy song. Half the song doesn't even have guitar in it. One riff, played over and over again.

Also, something doesn't have to be rock or metal to be heavy. Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop and Classical music can be just as heavy.

Case in point for blues- I'm Bad Like Jesse James by John Lee Hooker

Case in point for Jazz- The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady- Charles Mingus

Case for Hip Hop- You Never Know- Immortal Technique
#24
When the music makes your head slightly heavy, then its heavy.

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#26
Check out For 'Whom the Bell Tolls' or 'Leper Messiah' by Metallica. That's heavy for you.
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#27
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Speed =/= Heaviness

I find the heaviest songs are the slower tempo ones that sound more deliberate in their execution. With fast songs, it's just like pummelling. With slower "heavier" songs, it's "I'm grabbing your skull and slowly squeezing your brain out through your eyes. Why? Because it hurts more, you twit"

Definitely. I prefer the slow, gloom - 'n' - doom feel.

To answer the TS' question, I think "Have Mercy On The Criminal" by Elton John is pretty heavy. And +1 to "For Whom The Bell Tolls."
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Agonizingly slow atmospheric songs like this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=A70bvIbTivE are heavy as fuck.
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#31
Angels Don't Kill- COB. Just listen to it. It's one of their heavier songs.
Sixpounder- COB. Another good one.
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#34
a bit of palm mute in drop tuning with some pinch harmonics over the top sounds awesome imo
for those with testaments new album song 7 "henchman ride" is a good example
and "practice what you preach"
but i could rattle off good heavy metal bands for quite a while
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Agonizingly slow atmospheric songs like this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=A70bvIbTivE are heavy as fuck.

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#39
I thought this thread was to define what makes a song heavy, not post random links of heavy songs...
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