Top Ten Misconceptions About Metal Music


The Top Ten

1 Metal is satanist music

This is such a nonsense - music can't be satanic, only lyrics can. But you can put satanic lyrics in a rock, punk or grunge song, even in a pop or rap song. Music will be the same - neither more nor less satanic. - Metal_Treasure

Actually if 5% of the metal bands are truly satanists and even that 5% are Black Metal bands. Even lot of black metal bands aren't satanists, the evil music is only for the effects. How would metal sounds with flowers,green fields and pretty animals in the lyrics? - somekindofaguy

2 The borderline between hard rock and heavy metal is very narrow

Actually, it's not really narrow. Hard Rock is blues based, while Heavy Metal is classical based. The difference is easily audible. - somekindofaguy

Yes. But I like said power chords were used by hard rock guitarists. No musicians could play metal music if they hadn't learn guitar from rock musicians. Again, they can't play metal on acoustic/classical instruments just from being inspired by it. Even though they weren't inspired by it but they can't deny blues and rock musicians did nothing. Classical artists didn't taught them how to play electric guitar. - zxm

3 Black Sabbath invented everything in metal

Nope. Only invented doom metal. People say SOTU invented thrash which is a pretty big stretch, and invented power metal with War Pigs which is false as something can be false. - somekindofaguy

@zxm yes, I said it almost 1 years ago, when I didn't know much about this... - somekindofaguy

4 Metal evolved from blues/psychedelic rock

Nope, it's only doom metal, not every metal genre. - somekindofaguy

But there wouldn't be any use of electric guitar if blues/psych rock didn't invent different techniques. I mean would metal musicians play metal riffs on acoustic guitar, sitar, cello? I don't know if you know but Deep Purple was a psych rock band before they got inspired by classical music. - zxm

5 Helter Skelter is the first metal song

Heavy for the Beatles, but not metal. - somekindofaguy

6 Motörhead invented speed and thrash metal

Motörhead is a fast paced hard rock/rock and roll band, not even metal, even according to Lemmy. He also said they are closer to punk than metal. Deep Purple invented speed metal with Hard Lovin' Man in 1970. - somekindofaguy

7 Slipknot's Iowa is the heaviest album of all time

Heavy, but not the heaviest. Any extreme thrash or technical death metal album ahead Iowa about heaviness. - somekindofaguy

8 Speed metal is closer to thrash than power metal

No. Speed Metal is on halfway between thrash and power metal. Technically, speed metal played softer and a bit slower is power metal, and played heavier (with punk elements) and a bit faster is thrash metal. - somekindofaguy

It isn't like that thrash metal is faster than speed metal. But it looks like speed metal is just made from heavy metal while thrash metal was mixed with punk rock. When I listen those songs, I notice that speed metal songs more likely have alternate picking while thrash metal has downpicking. Both help to build speed though. (downpicking was massively used in punk rock). - zxm

9 Metal is based on only one genre

Believe me or not but metal isn't based on one genre. Only genre could never cover the definition of what metal is? - zxm

10 Core genres are metal related genres

They are punk related genres. - somekindofaguy

The Contenders

11 Kinks' You Really Got Me is the first metal riff

No, it's a garage rock riff. Just because it's heavy for 1964 doesn't mean it's the first metal riff. - somekindofaguy

12 Black Sabbath was the first metal band
13 Ozzy Osbourne created metal
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