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Top Live Albums-II

25 Top Live Albums-II

Ah, the live album. In the days pre-dating the internet, the only way to experience your favorite band live was to hope they’d be playing a city near you so you can attend the concert, bootlegs from private recorders and soundboard audio and, yes, an officially released live album! Capturing the perfect performance is always elusive and partly why so many live albums take recordings from multiple shows. Sometimes it’s done to mask flaws in the set and other times to boost the power of a performance to ensure fans receive the full impact of a lights out performance (and their money’s worth for purchasing the album)...

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Power Metal

POWER METAL (1976-present)

Power Metal is a sub-genre of Heavy Metal combining characteristics of traditional metal with speed metal, often within symphonic context. Generally, Power Metal is characterized by a more uplifting sound, in contrast to the heaviness and dissonance prevalent in styles such as Doom Metal and Death Metal. Power Metal bands usually have anthem-like songs with fantasy-based subject matter and strong choruses, thus creating a theatrical, dramatic and emotionally “powerful” sound.

Power MetalThe term was first used in the middle of the ’80s and refers to two different but related styles : the first pioneered and largely practiced in North America with a harder sound similar to Speed Metal, and a later more widespread and popular style based in Europe (especially Scandinavia, Ger...

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Early / Classic Metal

EARLY / CLASSIC METAL (1966-1971)

Traditional Heavy Metal, also known as Classic Metal, or simply Heavy Metal, is the seminal genre of Heavy Metal music before the genre “evolved and splintered into many different styles and sub-genres.” It is characterized by mid-to-fast-tempo riffs, by thumping basslines, crunchy riffs, extended lead guitar solos, and clean, often high-pitched vocals and anthemic choruses. It is not generally categorized as a sub-genre of Metal, but the main genre of it.

Terminology

Classic MetalThe short, original, and proper term for this genre is “Heavy Metal”, but as Michka Assayas notes in his Dictionary of Rock, the term “Heavy Metal” may sometimes be used in different senses...

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