Top 10 Ways Rock & Metal Are Different

Jeffery0206
I had to make this list because 1. Metal is not a sub genre of Rock 2. I`m sick of Metal entries on my Rock lists and 3. Rock & Metal deserve their own damn lists!

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1Metal music is louder than Rock music.

You say its louder but not faster? Its certainly both louder and faster, hence the list of fast songs I gave you - ryanrimmel

2Metal is a lot faster than Rock

I added this - it's a fact and not my opinion. - Metal_Treasure

3Rock is far more unique than Metal music.

At the end of the day, you are entitled to your opinion. It's just not accurate - ryanrimmel

Actually the opposite is true. While I love tock, Metal is MUCH more diverse and unique. Just listen to 50s rock music. Mainly about cars, partying, etc. Now go listen to some 60s and 70s Metal. You'll be surprised about how they are different. - Alpha101

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4Metal sometimes uses harsh vocals like death growls and gutturals
5Metal has more guitar solosV1 Comment
6Rock has been around longer than Metal.

This is true! I can't believe my eyes - finally a true statement... - Metal_Treasure

The first true statement on here - ryanrimmel

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7Metal fans are more passionateV1 Comment
8Rock songs have a lot more meaning than Metal music.

[email protected], RE "Metal music only has one purpose being loud".
Wrong again! The main purpose of metal music is to be an alternative to mainstream music. This explains why metal is underground, more experimental, more extreme and overall - more unique and interesting, believe it or not.
Another purpose is the musicianship - virtuoso guitarists and drummers, more complex music and compositions, etc. Your average metal band has more technically proficient players than your average rock band. - Metal_Treasure

Again, you are very wrong. And, once again, the opposite is true. Metal music has much more fans because it is darker, so many people can relate to it. I always listen to it when feeling depressed. I mean, given the choice, if you were really, really sad and deressed, it would help much more to listen to some Judas Priest than to listen to Three Days Grace. And this isn't just my opinion. I have millions of people who back Mr up on this, and, of course, science proves it as well. - Alpha101

I addressed this in my last comment. Pretty much most mainstream rock/metal is pretty cliché. All about sex, drugs, and relationships. If you investigate metal at least a little bit, you'll find yourself to be wrong. In my years of listening to a wide variety of music, the best lyrics are in progressive rock/metal, punk rock, thrash metal, and grindcore - ryanrimmel

9Metal draws influence from various genres, like classical, jazz, punk, and blues
10Hard Rock & Heavy Metal aren't Similar at all.

They are very similar. If you could elaborate as to how they aren't, I could refute this better. Among the metal community, several bands, like AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Guns N Roses, HIM, and Alice in Chains to name a few, are debated on whether or not they are metal or hard rock. All metal really is is a heavier, more rebellious version of traditional rock and roll. - ryanrimmel

Like the comment below, yes, they ate very similar. Guns N Roses, Can Halen, ACDC, Kiss, etc have been mistaken for metal bands many times because if the similarities. I don't want to be rude, but you are very ignorant about this topic. - Alpha101

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11Rock music has more instruments involved than Metal music

Well both have the basic setup, guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Quite a few metal bands have keyboardists, but obviously not as much as mainstream rock. If you listen to folk metal bands, like Ensiferum or Cruachan, they have a lot of traditional instruments from their countries traditions. Ensiferum has a lot of traditional Nordic Folk instruments and Cruachan Irish. - ryanrimmel

Can you please name how many instruments are used in Folk Metal and Symphonic Metal? Mostly concerning Eluveitie and Haggard?

Can you tell me how many instruments are involved here (this is a metal song and it's not the only one):
Blind Guardian - Sacred Worlds. - Metal_Treasure

12Rock music has a much more natural lyric progression than Metal music.

I don't think you thought these items through. The genres that these bands are labeled has nothing to do with it. From my experience, metal has better lyrics then most rock and roll, you just never took the time to investigate Heavy Metal at all - ryanrimmel

To see some examples of typical lyrics and lyrical themes in metal music, please visit these Top 10 lists:
Top 10 Metal Songs Concerning Social Problems and Raising Social Awareness
Best Verses In Metal Songs
Metallica Songs With the Best Lyrics - Metal_Treasure

13Metal is based on classical music, whereas rock is based on blues

I added this because this list needed at least one relevant and significant difference.

Listen to Master of Puppets by Metallica - the riff sounds like music that could be played on cellos. Or you can imagine a modern Paganini playing electric guitars. Same for the riff to Holy Wars by Megadeth.

So, metal is stylistically related to classical music and that’s why metal goes well with classical - they are compatible. Classical music is art music and it was the music of the European aristocrats.

Rock music (except prog rock) is based on blues - blues is the folk music of Afro-Americans in rural areas.

This is the biggest difference. “Blues based vs classical based” is used to determine if a band is rock or metal.

Prog rock is influenced by classical and similarly to several metal subgenres, it is considered art music and is often called art rock. - Metal_Treasure

I would never say metal is strictly based on classical. Because blues is the root of all rock and roll, and the first metal bands were playing bluesy metal because bluesy music was very popular back then. As trends changed, some metal bands were taking influence from classical and jazz.
Blues influenced metal isn't as common, but it's there. Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Orange Goblin, and The Sword are the most notable of those - ryanrimmel

14Metal is less popular

That's like saying Progressive Rock isn't a subgenre, because it's less popular! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

Actually I added this. The list title is "ways they are different". And this clearly is a difference - ryanrimmel

15Rock has more band members than Metal.

LOL, this statement is false, too. There's no difference - both typical rock and metal bands have 4-5 members. It's because metal is a subgenre of rock and metal uses the same main instruments - guitars, bass and drums (sometimes a keyboard instrument). And a singer. - Metal_Treasure

Not really, its different for every band depending on the sound they wanna create. The labels "Rock" and "Metal" play no part in that. Slipknot for example, has 9 members. Ghost has 6. There is no consistency with this statement - ryanrimmel

So we're now going to ignore the existence of Slipknot? - CastlevaniaFanboy128

16Metal resists the mainstream
17Metal utilizes double kick drums

This is the only valid argument on the whole list.

18Rock is a lot faster than Metal.

LOL, some metal songs reach 260-280 bpm.
Can you tell me what is the speed of the fastest rock song? And what is the average speed of metal and rock songs? - Metal_Treasure

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19Metal music is not a sub genre of rock

It is, Originally when metal first came out, it was a subgenre of rock just like Punk or Grunge. Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Judas Priest, and Rainbow were a louder version of rock, with lots of similarities. The thing that sets it apart from other subgenres is:
These bands were so influential, that metal bands from all over the world started playing metal with different styles, which created numerous amounts of subgenres of metal. - ryanrimmel

You don't know anything about music do you?

If you are not getting your facts and you don't acknowledge that your claims ars disproven, you don't deserve to be treated politely.

How would this differentiate metal from rock anyway? That like saying movies and T.V. shows are different because T.V. shows aren't movies - ryanrimmel

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1. Metal music is louder than Rock music.
2. Metal is a lot faster than Rock
3. Metal sometimes uses harsh vocals like death growls and gutturals
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1. Metal is based on classical music, whereas rock is based on blues
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3. Rock has been around longer than Metal.
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