A type of hard rock rich in stylistic conventions including extreme loudness, powerful lead and rhythm guitars, extended solos including those on bass and drums, exaggerated sexuality in lyrics and performance poses, and a predilection toward tatoos, long hair, and leather attire. Name supposedly comes from the line "heavy metal thunder" in "Born to Be Wild," a 1970s hit for the band Steppenwolf. Leading exponents include Metallica, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, and Kiss.

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This category is for heavy metal bands and artists.
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Black Metal is an extreme subcategory of heavy metal usually characterized by fast guitar riffs and percussion, and vocals that alternate between singing and screeching. Anti-Christian themes such as satanism, paganism, and other occult topics are common material for lyrics. Emperor, Mayhem, Darkthrone, and more widely known bands such as Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth all fall into this category.
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Sites of black metal bands or artists should be submitted to the Black Metal: Bands and Artists subcategory.

Please submit sites that are related primarily to black metal. Metal sites covering a wider range should be placed under Arts:Music:Styles:Rock:Heavy Metal.

Online stores and sites that focus on sales should be submitted to Shopping''s Rock Music category.

Chat rooms and message boards discussing the heavy metal genre.
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Fast brutal metal with screaming guitars and growling vocals. Typical bands are Morbid Angel and Vader.
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This category is for sites focusing primarily on death metal music.

For directories and resources with many links to metal and related artists, bands, articles, labels, events, etc.
Modern doom metal is slow and dark, depressed and atmospheric. Heavy guitars, heavy pounding drums, and at times use of guttural death vocals. Typical examples of this genre are My Dying Bride, older Paradise Lost and Esoteric. Classic doom metal is what bands like Black Sabbath play. Although the atmosperic and dark notes are already audible here, these bands are far less extreme in their sound, also using more 'normal' vocals. Gothic doom metal (or simply gothic metal) is an atmospheric, romantically oriented type of music where often duets between a male death voice and a female soprano are used. Examples are Theatre of Tragedy and Tristania.
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Do not submit band sites to the main category! Go to the Bands and Artists subcategory and submit it there. Gothic metal combines the aggression of heavy metal with the dark melancholy aesthetics of gothic rock. The genre originated during the early 1990s in Europe as an outgrowth of death/doom, a fusion of death metal and doom metal. Lyrics are generally melodramatic and mournful with inspiration from gothic fiction as well as personal experiences.
Grindcore, following in the steps of thrash, is a hybrid between hardcore punk and the heavy metal of the time. It is recognized by its fast chromatic riffing, punk style song formats, blast beats, heavily emotional and social protest orientation, and hoarse vocals like those of death metal. Grindcore was invented by Repulsion, refined by Napalm Death, Terrorizer and Carcass, evolved by Bolt Thrower and Godflesh, and now exists in a modern form perched precariously between metalcore and nu-tek-deth.
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Heavy metal bands known as "Hair Bands", "Hairspray Bands", "Glam Rock", or "Hair Metal" that first gained prominence in the late 80s and early 90s and are still around today. This type of music includes groups such as Poison, Ratt, Warrant, Winger, L.A. Guns, etc.
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This category is for sites related to Hair Metal. Other metal sites should be submitted in the main Heavy Metal category or appropriate subcategories.

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Online magazines, ezines, portals or printed zines dedicated to Heavy Metal music and its subcategories (Power, Thrash, Death, Black, Industrial, Gothic, Atmospheric, Hardcore, etc) All sites are frequently updated (at least 3 times / year) and bring you special Metal news, interviews, reviews, articles, downloads etc. All sites' services are offered free to their visitors.
Sites submitted here must be: - Dedicated to Heavy Metal and its subcategories - Periodically updated (At least 3 times / year - Completely legal! (No illegal MP3s, No hate and/or racist language, absolutely no pornographic content.)
Personal homepages focussing on heavy metal music.
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Heavy metal is a genuine musical style rich in history and diverse with varied subcultures - many unheralded or simply unnoticed. This is a varied collection of album (CD) reviews for heavy metal.