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This is a list of bands that pertain to the heavy metal genre of music.

Original movement: 1967-1979[]

In the late 1960s a number of bands began pushing the limits of blues-rock into a new genre which would be called heavy metal.[1][2] By the early eighties the heavy metal genre began a slow division into various sub-genre categories to better describe the stylistic differences that were growing out of the original heavy metal movement. And by the end of the 1970s many of the earliest heavy metal bands had long since disbanded. Some of the bands included in the original movement were:

By subgenre[]

See also, Heavy metal subgenres

Since the 1970s, many subgenres and movements have emerged, playing their own interpretation of "heavy metal", these can vary greatly. Below in alphabetical order, are links to the many heavy metal subgenre lists on Wikipedia, with three notable examples of bands from each genre under them.

  • List of alternative metal artists
Examples; Faith No More, System of a Down and Primus
Examples; Bathory, Burzum and Mayhem
Examples; Stryper, Saviour Machine and Whitecross
Examples; Death, Entombed and Morbid Angel
  • List of doom metal bands
Examples; Candlemass, Saint Vitus and Cathedral
  • List of gothic metal bands
Examples; Trail of Tears, Lacuna Coil and Sirenia
  • List of folk metal bands
Examples; Skyclad, Finntroll and Korpiklaani
  • List of industrial metal bands
Examples; Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein and Ministry
Examples; Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage and Caliban
  • List of nu metal bands
Examples; KoRn, Deftones and Limp Bizkit
Examples; Iron Maiden, Saxon and Def Leppard
Examples; Helloween, Blind Guardian and Sonata Arctica
  • List of progressive metal artists
Examples; Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Queensrÿche
  • List of speed metal bands
Examples; Motörhead, Venom and Cacophony
Examples; Nightwish, Emperor and Rhapsody of Fire
  • List of thrash metal bands
Examples; Slayer, Metallica and Anthrax
Examples; Bathory, Amon Amarth and Enslaved

References[]

  1. Weinstein, Deena. Heavy Metal: The Music and its Culture. DaCapo, 2000. ISBN 0-306-80970-2, pg. 14.
  2. Christe, Ian. Sound of the Beast. Allison & Busby, pg. 1. ISBN 0749083514. 
  3. Christe, Ian. Sound of the Beast. Allison & Busby, pg. 2, 39-48, 52-57. ISBN 0749083514. 
  4. Walser, Robert. Running with The Devil. Wesleyan University Press, pgs. 8, 13. ISBN 0819562602. 
  5. AMG review of Jeff Beck's Truth album. Retrieved on 2007-04-07.
  6. Weinstein, Deena. Heavy Metal: The Music and its Culture. DaCapo, 2000. ISBN 0-306-80970-2, pg. 16.
  7. Christe, Ian. Sound of the Beast. Allison & Busby, pg. 2, 16, 18, 19, 39, 56-69, 93, 304, 333. ISBN 0749083514. 
  8. Walser, Robert. Running with The Devil. Wesleyan University Press, pgs. 11, 16, 78. ISBN 0819562602. 
  9. Christe, Ian. Sound of the Beast. Allison & Busby, pg. 10-12. ISBN 0749083514. 
  10. Weinstein, Deena. Heavy Metal: The Music and its Culture. DaCapo, 2000. ISBN 0-306-80970-2, pg. 2.
  11. Christe, Ian. Sound of the Beast. Allison & Busby, pg. 2. ISBN 0749083514. 
  12. Walser, Robert. Running with The Devil. Wesleyan University Press, pgs. 2. ISBN 0819562602. 
  13. Walser, Robert. Running with The Devil. Wesleyan University Press, pgs. 2,10,11,16. ISBN 0819562602. 
  14. BBC.co.uk
  15. AMG bio of Lucifer's Friend. Retrieved on 2007-10-15.
  16. Ingham, Chris. The Book of Metal. Thunder's Mouth Press, pg. 204. ISBN 978-1560254195. 
  17. Nicholson, Kris (1976-04-08), "[[A Night at the Opera]] (Script error: No such module "Separated entries".)", Rolling Stone 
  18. allmusic ((( Queen > Overview )))
  19. Christe, Ian. Sound of the Beast. Allison & Busby, pg. 1, 50-57, 77. ISBN 0749083514. 
  20. Christe, Ian. Sound of the Beast. Allison & Busby, pg. 13. ISBN 0749083514. 
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