Heavy metal music

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Heavy metal (or simply 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/acid 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 sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.


  • Once upon a midnight, the metal flag was raised
    Long ago a sabbath black cut through the purple haze
    Upon a silver mountain a message loud and clear
    Screaming with a vengeance that we will forever hear.
  • Why do you think some metalheads are so afraid of you?
Su-metal says that this is the exact same reaction that they had towards metal. For them, when they first heard metal they were likem "Oh my God, what is this?" It was scary, dark, loud, just something that was alien to them. And that's probably the same perception that metal fans have towards Babymetal: it is alien to them. No metal band is dancing on stage to metal music, no metal band is wearing what they wear on stage, no metal band is making music like Babymetal. So it's the exact same effect that they have because they're just something new and something so different that, yeah, it's unique. It's like how metal was to them when they had no idea what metal was. It's just a normal reaction.
  • Babymetal as interviewed in "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Babymetal", by Kim Kelly, translated by anonymous, Noisy.vice.com.
  • Live don't preach it
    If you can't don't teach it
    God loves heavy metal
    So I know he must want me.
  • Nothing evil, nothing sacred
    Just a power that's been created
    There to take you and possess you
    Shout it out with a voice from hell

    I am metal and I'll never die
    We are metal and we'll never die
    • Dio (band), Metal Will Never Die, from the 2012 compilation album The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2
  • Heavy Metal is the law that keeps us all united free
    A law that shatters earth and hell
    Heavy Metal can't be beaten by any dynasty
    We're all wizards fightin' with our spell.
    • Helloween, {{w|Walls of Jericho}}, Heavy Metal (Is the Law), written by Michael Weikath and Kai Hansen
  • Call me insane, call me hard wired
    But it's the only noise I like
    Believe in loud and fast and higher
    I can tell the sound of wrong or right

    What I hear I adhere
    Have no fear, say sincere
    Are you metal?
    • Helloween, 7 Sinners , Are You Metal?, written by Andi Deris
  • Rising from darkness where Hell hath no mercy and the screams for vengeance echo on forever. Only those who keep the faith shall escape the wrath of the Metallian... Master of all metal.
    • Judas Priest from the back cover of the 1984 album Defenders of the Faith.
  • Death, doom and destruction rain down upon the forsaken
    ne being stands alone to save humanity
    A soldier born from the past on sad wings of destiny
    Powerful, unflinching and hearing the eternal force
    that will proclaim and assert metal's deliverance -
    The Redeemer of Souls!
    • Judas Priest, from the back cover of the 2014 album Redeemer of Souls.
  • 'Cause I need metal in my life,
    Just like an eagle need to fly

    Hold your head up high! Raise your fist up in the air!
    Play metal louder than hell!
    They can't stop us, let 'em try,
    for heavy metal we will die!
  • The leathered armies have prevailed
    The Phantom Lord has never failed
    Smoke is lifting from the ground
    The riding volume Metal sound.
  • Joining together to take on the world with our heavy metal
    Spreading the message to everyone here, Come let yourself go.
  • All that stuff about heavy metal and hard rock, I don't subscribe to any of that. It's all just music. I mean, the heavy metal from the Seventies sounds nothing like the stuff from the Eighties, and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the Nineties. Who's to say what is and isn't a certain type of music?
  • Here's the thing. I always hear that whole 'metal is dead' crap. The truth of the matter is that when we started the Ozzfest, media-wise, yes, metal was dead. But as far as the kids went, it was still huge. It was just that radio and MTV decided it wasn't in vogue with what they wanted to do at the time, so the average person didn't hear too much about it. That's why when it comes to picking the new acts each summer, we have people out there on the internet and in the clubs looking for good music and finding bands that people are excited about. I want to know what the kids are into, because I don't trust the industry.
    • Ozzy Osbourne, Guitar World Issue 37, 2000.
  • I kept hearing that metal is dead and Ozzy's dead and people that like Ozzy are dead. I have never had an empty seat. I've always sold out, so who's saying it's all over?
  • Pull your head back
    Hold your hands high
    Shake your body
    If it's too loud
    And you're burning hot
    Fill your heads
    With heavy metal thunder
  • Bartholomew was a sommelier of heavy metal. “Yeah. Not bad for a two-umlaut band. First album was so-so. Then they ran out of material—they write maybe two songs a year. Got into a black magic thing for their videos. Already passé.”
    “Isn’t that the whole point of heavy metal?”
    “Yeah. I’m the one who told you that,” he reminded me. “Heavy metal will never leave you behind.”
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