Top 10 Ways Rock & Metal Are Different

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!

The Top Ten

1 Metal is a lot faster than Rock

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

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2 Metal 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

By the way, I forgot to mention. if you play metal solos with guitar tapping, then it won't sound very loud. sometimes some tapping solos confuse people even if its metal or not. - zxm

3 Metal sometimes uses harsh vocals like death growls and gutturals
4 Metal has more guitar solos

I'd rather say, metal has faster/heavier solos. - zxm

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5 Metal fans are more passionate

The visitor is kinda right. Cause a genre can't be judged as fanbase. - zxm

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6 Rock is far more unique than Metal music.

Uniqueness depends on the genre. For example, prog rock is more unique than thrash metal. But prog metal or neoclassical metal are more unique than punk rock, alternative rock or hard rock. - zxm

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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7 Rock 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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8 Metal draws influence from various genres, like classical, jazz, punk, and blues
9 Rock songs have a lot more meaning than Metal music.

Reply@Jeffery0206, 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

Maybe, maybe not. But lyrics isn't the thing that can divide two things. - zxm

10 Hard 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

I have a post on this list (with proof). Everything I have explained on there. Anyone could check it if someone wants to know about the basic structure of hard rock and metal riffs. - zxm

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

Hard rock-= slow+power, metal= fast + power. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Metal 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

12 Rock 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

Not really. It depends on the genre. Plus music arrangements. For instance if you are talking about punk rock and prog metal. Then punk rock has only four instruments - rhythm guitar, bass, drums and vocals. While prog metal has lots of other instruments. But if you're talking about thrash metal and prog rock. Then prog rock has more. (most of the time). - zxm

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

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13 Rock 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

14 Rock 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

15 Metal 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

16 Metal resists the mainstream
17 Metal utilizes double kick drums

This is the only valid argument on the whole list.

18 Rock is a lot faster than Metal.

The faster is gets, the more metal will turn into it (a rock song). - zxm

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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19 Metal 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

20 Metal solos usually have more chord progressions than rock solos

I added "usually". Cause it depends on the genre. But yes, metal solos have more chord progression than rock solos. And by more, it also means fast chord progression. If you're measuring average one minute rock and metal solos, then you'll notice that if a meta has 30 notes, or say 15 licks in a solo, rock has like 20 notes, or 8/10 licks (It's just for an example). The more chords being played in the less time, the more metal (rock) will turn into. - zxm

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1. Metal is a lot faster than Rock
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3. Metal draws influence from various genres, like classical, jazz, punk, and blues
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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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