Top 10 Reasons Why War Pigs by Black Sabbath Didn't Create Power MetalMetal_Treasure I've read many cringe worthy statements about how Black Sabbath created metal and also each and every metal subgenre - from power metal to technical death metal. I've read such statements on this site and other sites (including YouTube).
Saying that War Pigs created Power Metal clearly shows that the author never listened to Power Metal (or never listened War Pigs but this is less possible because Black Sabbath's die hard fans know their songs).
Here are my reasons why "War Pigs created Power Metal" is an annoying exaggeration (one of the many).
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@IronSabbathPriest - on the list Top Ten Metal Bands for People Who Don't Like Metal, item #3 Black Sabbath, you can read this comment, where only doom metal is correct:
"This is the band you should start with when listening to heavy metal. Their songs have greatly influenced each metal genre. Here are a few:
After Forever - Christian Metal
Symptom of the Universe - Thrash Metal
The Writ - Prog Metal
Black Sabbath - Doom Metal
War Pigs - Power Metal
Paranoid - Mainstream Metal" - Metal_Treasure
Oh Love this list because War Pigs totally sounds like Helloween and Blind Guardian (Sarcasm) seriously though War Pigs is one of the most overrated metal songs ever - christangrant
Everything in this list is correct, but has anyone ever called it power metal? I've never heard it be called so. - IronSabbathPriest
Yep, many people on different sites. It's so annoying. That's why I made this list. It's also on the list Top Ten Metal Bands for People Who Don't Like Metal, item #3 Black Sabbath - Metal_Treasure
I don't think people think that the song created power metal. Where have you heard? Please tell me - SoldierOfFortuneV 4 Comments
There's a very good youtube video - you will learn almost everything you need to know about power metal:
How To Be POWER METAL! by SteveTerreberry.
Steve Terreberry demonstrates power metal features correctly (the video is also fun to watch).
Oh, and nothing sounds like War Pigs. - Metal_Treasure
Those vocals on War Pigs are actually killing me.
Yup the song is very easy to sing - christangrant
I don't count ballads by power metal bands - all types of ballads are slower. - Metal_Treasure
I can somehow agree that War Pig is a metal song. But power metal?! - zxm
Ozzy doesn't even compare to Power Metal Vocalists especially his performance in War Pigs which he only uses 1 Octave which makes the song very easy to sing heck I could sing it right now if I wanted to and I'm a terrible singer - christangrant
Exactly Sounds nothing like Power Metal because it isn't - christangrant
War Pigs actually focused on to be the most monotonous long heavy track ever...
Actually, Power Metal also has some of the most melodic guitar solos out there. - SoldierOfFortune
Again, if you still don't understand this aspect of power metal, you should watch the mentioned youtube video:
How To Be POWER METAL! by SteveTerreberry.
(he even says power metal singers are the most talented metal singers and I agree) - Metal_Treasure
See this video "40 Power Metal Bands In 1 Song". Power metal riffs don't stick to few chords. - zxm
Even when a power metal song isn't extremely fast, the solo is. - Metal_Treasure
@Rambles if BS created HEAVY metal, then why Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Venom, Accept, Yngwie Malmsteen, Megadeth etc etc... NEVER tried to play like them? All of these acts tried to play more like Deep Purple than Black Sabbath even members form these bands admitted it just saying. And no, this song has nothing to do with metal.
It's neither power metal nor any other metal. - Metal_Treasure
Yup I never saw this song as metal - christangrant
Doesn't sound like Metal to me. - NuMetalV 3 Comments
@M_T, I'm not saying it's power metal. But even still if you listen to the final two minutes or so of this song there is actually a complex/fast tempos element involved.
This goes generally, but honestly I think we should focus less on what subgenre something is and just enjoy the music. If someone is saying something like Pink Floyd are thrash metal, or any other ridiculous genre comparison, then the chances are they're trolling. The smaller cases, such as this, don't matter in my opinion. How do I know it's a small case? Because I've never heard it said before. (Not to say it hasn't been said, but my point is you don't see it often) Sorry to go on a mini rant. - IronSabbathPriest
I'm sorry, I don't know how many of you are musicians, let alone drummers. But as a drummer myself I can say there are some fast fills in this song. - IronSabbathPriest
IronSabbathPriest - umm, fills are very brief passages and even their total length can't make the song power metal. You are talking about seconds out of 8 minutes... - Metal_Treasure
Stargazer isn't really power metally from my view. It sounds more like speed metal, like motorhead except metal and better vocals. - SoldierOfFortune
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2. Power Metal is known for its strong, melodic and (often) happy sounding choruses. War Pigs has no chorus.
3. Ozzy sings this 8 minute long song within a single octave. Power Metal singers never do this.