Top 10 Metal Bands That Created Subgenresryanrimmel
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Black Sabbath darkness influenced gothic metal but it's quite exaggerated to say they created it. Gothic Metal was created circa 1990 by Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Anathema and Type O Negative.
Besides Black Sabbath, some other early bands influenced gothic metal - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Dio and Judas Priest. Deep Purple's song "Stormbringer" has been called a "goth metal treasure".
The "vaguely medieval, minor-key sounds" of Rainbow, Dio and Judas Priest has also been described as "gothic" prior to "the emergence of goth rock as a post-punk genre".
You can read that in the Wiki article about Gothic metal. - Metal_Treasure
They were the first Heavy Metal band, that much is clear. They also directly inspired and created many subgenres
-Lyrical aspects of Black Metal - ryanrimmel
The godfathers of Metal in general. - MusicalPony
Tony Iommi always corrects journalists when they start with "you are the Godfather of metal". He always says "I was, or Black Sabbath were, one of the Godfathers". Tony Iommi knows the truth and I hope one day he will tell who is THE Godfather/ Father of metal. - Metal_Treasure
I also need to be convinced RE Lyrical aspects of Black Metal because Black Metal is Satanic, anti-Christian and misanthropic. Black Metal is probably the only metal subgenre with ideology.
But Black Sabbath is a Christian band and the guys are definitely not Satanists. Simply mentioning words like Satan, devil, etc. doesn't mean Satanic. - Metal_Treasure
There has always been a debate about who the first Death Metal band ever was. Either Death or Possessed (They formed in the same year). I personally think Death wins this one, due to the fact that they were Pure Death Metal and had the genre named after them. - ryanrimmel
Founded death metal. Too easy. - Metalhead1997
In fact was the combination of early works of Venom, Hellhammer and others that give birth to death metal, but Possessed (1984 1st album) show in the scene a few years before Death (1987 1st album) and the ghastly voice and rhythm of Becerra it's so different than the gutural and powerful voice of Chuck, Possessed was the first band of death metal but Death defined as we now today
Despite the early Glam years, they were an extremely popular band in the 90s that created Groove Metal. - ryanrimmel
Venom is well known for creating Black Metal with their album called Black Metal. That much is clear.
However, Venom was actually the first Thrash Metal band as well, 'Welcome to Hell' was released in 1981. As far as my research goes, that's the first true thrash album ever
Also, Venom's debut album to me is the first Extreme Metal album in general. Along with Celtic Frost, Venom influenced bands around the word to push the boundaries of Metal, helping spawn Extreme Metal subgenres like Death Metal, black metal, grindcore, and thrash metal - ryanrimmel
Motörhead invented Speed Metal. Although Lemmy claims his music to be Rock n Roll and not metal, I can't agree with him. Motörhead is heavy and fast, its all metal.
Speed Metal is basically a less aggressive version of thrash, and although bands like Deep Purples, Accept, and Anvil played Speed Metal. Motörhead was the first band to play strictly Speed Metal - ryanrimmel
Deep Purple invented Speed Metal way before Motörhead. Speed metal is a subgenre of power metal and Motörhead are far from power metal.
Besides, Motörhead are not metal (I agree with Lemmy). They are heavy and fast but it doesn't mean they are metal. Many punk bands are even heavier and faster than Motörhead but again - it doesn't mean they are metal.
Stylistically Motörhead and speed metal are far from each other but I agree Motörhead and thrash have something in common - punk elements and punk attitude.
But while Motörhead mixed Rock N Roll with punk, thrash mixed speed metal with hardcore punk. Therefore you can hear classical influences in thrash (coming from Deep Purple's speed metal) but you don't hear elements of classical music in Motörhead. - Metal_Treasure
I don't know why Deep Purple are so underrated as metal creators, while Black Sabbath - so overrated (no disrespect to them). Tony Iommi always corrects journalists when they start with "you are the Godfather of metal". He always says "I was, or Black Sabbath were, one of the Godfathers". Tony Iommi knows the truth and I hope one day he will tell who is THE Godfather/ Father of metal. It's Ritchie Blackmore - his DNA is everywhere in metal music. - Metal_Treasure
Invented the template for metal music in general - non bluesy, classically inspired, fast and loud rock music (hard rock is bluesy). This is the basis of ALL metal subgenres, except doom and stoner.
Speed metal was the most emphasized subgenre but they also created the first songs in other subgenres - 'Stormbringer' was called a "goth metal treasure".
Speed metal - Highway Star, Hard Lovin' Man, Fireball, Speed King
Heavy metal - Burn, Black Night, Perfect Strangers
Gothic metal - Stormbringer (called by experts a "goth metal treasure")
Epic metal - Child In Time
Symphonic/ Neo-classical/ Progressive metal - April; Concerto for Group and Orchestra (1969, Live album by Deep Purple and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
Metallica did the same 30 yrs later - S&M (1999). Blind Guardian included Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010. - Metal_Treasure
The first Power Metal band ever. Obviously, they had lots of influence from Ronnie James Dio, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden. They were clearly the first Power Metal band and inspired many bands into the present. - ryanrimmel
A great band but they didn't creat this subgenre - they just revived and modernized it in the context of The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.
Power metal was invented by Rainbow, including it's symphonic version - symphonic power metal. - Metal_Treasure
Although Venom is credited with the creation of Black Metal, Bathory's vocals on their first 4 albums were the blueprint for Norwegian Black Metal. They invented the shrieking vocals, but not the subgenre.
However, Bathory did create a subgenre known as Viking Metal with their 5th album, Hammerheart. Hammerheart is also my personal favorite album from Bathory. - ryanrimmel
This is for the forum moderator, stop the metallica fanatics! this kind of info distort the true history of metal and the evolving subgenres, metallica it's not thrash and they don't invented or defining it... a little of congruence here please!
Thrash metal was around way before Metallica. Overkill and Venom beat them to the punch - ryanrimmel
#11? These guys invented thrash metal! Thrash metal is way better than power metal
Symphonic metal/symphonic power metal
Neo-classical metal - Metal_Treasure
At The Gates may not be the most popular band, but the created Melodic Death Metal. That means that the popular MeloDeath bands of today such as Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, In Flames, or Arch Enemy all owe a huge debt to At The Gates. - ryanrimmelV 1 Comment
Crimson Glory is not popular, but they were the first Progressive Metal band ever. Queensryche and Fates Warning came years later, followed by Dream Theater. - ryanrimmel
Without doubt if one band made a difference and his style even now in the 2016 has no match was Possessed, Seven churches today sound is unique, the Eyes of horror EP must be a flag for every thrasher, death maniac
The pioneers of Death Metal along with Death.
It is true that Possessed was around shortly before Death, but Possessed remained a pretty obscure/underground band because they were playing in the same scene as Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. Shortly after Death began releasing records, several of the most influential and popular death metal bands began releasing records at the SAME STUDIO (Morrisound). These bands include Morbid Angel, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Atheist, Suffocation, Malevolent Creation, Acheron, Massacre, Six Feet Under, Gorguts, Cynic, and Pestilence.
These groups made up the Florida Death Metal Scene, which was all started by Death. So without Death, death metal might not even exist today - ryanrimmel
Many miight not think of them as metal, but they were actually the first real Alternative Metal band. - ryanrimmel
They were one of the first Grindcore bands along with Napalm Death. They created 'Goregrind', and they helped pioneer Melodic Death Metal in the early 90s - ryanrimmel
They made Nu Metal.
they are credited as the purveyors of the groove-oriented thrash sound, later made famous by bands such as Pantera, White Zombie, and Machine Head.
Their debut album, Slaughter in the Vatican, was released in 1990 (Pantera released their first groove metal album in the same year).
There has been controversy amongst Pantera's and Exhorder's fans over similarities between both bands' sound, fueled by the success of Pantera and the obscurity of Exhorder. - Metal_Treasure
The pioneers of industrial metal.
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