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Heavy Metal
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that emerged as a defined musical style in the 1970s, having its roots in hard rock bands which, between 1967 and 1974, mixed blues and rock to create a hybrid with a thick, heavy, guitar-and-drums-centered sound, characterised by the use of highly-amplified distortion. Out of heavy metal various subgenres later evolved, many of which are referred to simply as "metal". As a result, "heavy metal" now has two distinct meanings: either the genre and all of its subgenres, or the original heavy metal bands of the 1970s style sometimes dubbed "traditional metal", as exemplified by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath.

Heavy metal is typically characterized by a guitar-dominated sound, strong rhythms and classical, bluesy or symphonic styles. However, heavy metal sub-genres have their own stylistic variations on the original form that often omit many of these characteristics.
Stylistic origins:
Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock, Hard Rock
Avant-garde Metal - Black Metal - Death Metal - Doom Metal - Folk Metal - Glam Metal - Gothic Metal - Groove Metal - Neoclassical Metal - Power Metal - Progressive Metal - Speed Metal - Thrash Metal
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