Opeth is a Swedish heavy metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990. The group has been through several personnel changes, but singer, guitarist and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has remained Opeth’s only founding member and primary driving force throughout the years. Opeth has consistently incorporated progressive, folk, blues, classical and jazz influences into their usually lengthy compositions, as well as strong influences from death metal, especially in their early works. Many songs include acoustic guitar passages and strong dynamic shifts, as well as both death growls and clean vocals. Opeth is also well-known for their incorporation of Mellotrons in their work...Read More
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Dream Theater is an American-Canadian progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further on the band that would ultimately become Dream Theater. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together along with James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess until September 8, 2010 when Portnoy left the band. In October 2010, the band held auditions for a drummer to replace Portnoy. Mike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29, 2011.
The band is well known for the technical proficiency of its instrumentalists, who have won many awards from music instruction magazin...Read More
PROGRESSIVE METAL (1970-present)
Progressive Metal (sometimes known as Prog Metal or Technical Metal) is a sub-genre of Heavy Metal, originating in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1970s. It blends elements of Heavy Metal and Progressive Rock, taking the loud “aggression” and amplified electric guitar-driven sound of the former, with the more experimental, complex and “pseudo-classical” compositions of the latter.
Whilst the genre emerged towards the late-1980s, it was not until the 1990s that Progressive Metal achieved commercial success. Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, Tool and Fates Warning are a few examples of Progressive Metal bands who achieved commercial success; additionally, Heavy Metal bands such as Megadeth incorporated elements of progressive music in their work...Read More
Heavy Metal Family Tree
For Metal Evolution, Sam Dunn presented a new, updated version of his “Heavy Metal Family Tree“, a 24 sub-genre chart that mapped out Metal’s various sub-genres that have spawned over the course of its 40-year history. This new, more elaborate version included a “Pre-Metal” field that listed non-metal musicians that had an influence on Heavy Metal. It also listed additional bands as examples of the various styles of Metal.
Pre-History of Metal :
Niccolò Paganini; Richard Wagner; Gustav Holst; Howlin’ Wolf; Robert Johnson; Buddy Rich; Elvis Presley; Little Richard; The Beatles; The Kinks; The Who; Cream; Jimi Hendrix
Progressive Rock :
Jethro Tull; King Crimson; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Yes; Genesis; Uriah Heep; Mahavishnu Orchestra; Journey; Styx; Kansas
Early M...Read More
History of HEAVY METAL
Very few genres of music incorporate as broad a palette of distinct sounds as Heavy Metal. From the technicality and musicianship of bands like Iron Maiden to the raw power of Mastodon, Heavy Metal offers a seemingly endless array of musical possibilities. Heavy Metal began as an attempt to play louder and faster than ever before, but it evolved into a nuanced and highly complex form of expression enjoyed by millions all across the world.
Heavy Metal (or simply Metal) is a genre of Rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States...Read More