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  1. Apr 17, 2020 · The phrase “heavy metal” describes music that is more than hard rock. Faster and more energetic, some of the best guitar solos in music’s history came from this genre. Many bands had two or even three guitarists and the key focus was all about intense high-pitch playing and singing as loudly as possible.

    • The Difference Is in The Top Albums
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    Most people fall in love with hard rock and heavy metal after listening to hit singles and top albums. Here are some of the top albums in each category to help you along. Top Heavy Metal Albums * Master Of Puppets (Metallica) * Peace Sells….But Who's Buying (Megadeth) * Screaming For Vengeance (Judas Priest) * We Sold Our Souls For Rock And Roll (Black Sabbath) * Shout At The Devil (Mötley Crüe) * Vulgar Display Of Power (Pantera) Top Hard Rock Albums * Rocks (Aerosmith) * Highway To Hell (AC/DC) * Tres Hombres (ZZ Top) * Gold And Platinum (Lynyrd Skynyrd) * Van Halen (Van Halen) * Free-For-All (Ted Nugent) * Machine Head (Deep Purple)

    Taxonomically, hard rock music has been around longer than heavy metal, though not by long. Led Zeppelin, formed in 1968, is recognized as the first rock band, while Black Sabbath and Steppenwolf are among the pioneers of heavy metal. Since the blues genre mostly influenced hard rock, its main components include virtuosic guitar riffs. You can also recognize it with loose drum lines and swaggering bass. Heavy metal is much simpler but much louder than hard rock. This genre of music was greatly influenced by classical music. However, it is not the reason that it is often very muscular and even vulgar and violent. Heavy Metal is Faster; Hard Rock is Sexier When it comes to musical tempo, heavy metal is faster than rock. Hard rock leans more to being sexy and slow, much like the rock n roll of the 60s. The tempo is one of the most straightforward ways to tell them apart. Many people confuse hard rock for heavy metal because of the heavy sound that defines it. However, underneath the th...

    Heavy metal music has less-acceptable musical attributes. As a result, most heavy metal bands do not become commercially successful. A few, such as Metallica, are an exception. Heavy metal bands thrive by the sheer cult following of their fans. On the other hand, hard rock bands have been some of the most successful in history. AC/DC, Aerosmith, and Van Halen are some of the best-selling bands in the history of music. You can tell whether a band is hard rock or heavy metal based on where they perform for their fans and where their music is played. If you come across a band's music played in public, radio, or casinos, it is a hard rock band. Heavy metal music is rarely played casually on the radio or in public.

    Earlier bands of both hard rock and heavy metal are often lumped together into either sub-genre, causing a lot of confusion to beginners. Most Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath music contain features that could fit either sub-genres. These three core differences should help you tell them apart and to appreciate your favorite genre more.

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  3. May 21, 2015 · In this study, heavy metal music was highly arousing to both fans and non-fans, and in fact, measured state-arousal was greater among heavy metal listeners. Despite the arousing influence of the music, heavy metal fans displayed no difference in self-reported anger whether they were listening to a non-preferred music genre (country) or heavy metal.

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  4. Sep 01, 2016 · Power Metal: MUSIC: WheedlywheedlyWHIIIRRRRR! Power metal is a whole lot of fun the same way that D&D or high fantasy novels are fun. It’s over the top, full of medieval chivalry, and takes metal’s early traditions to new and zany heights. Which, of course, also makes it definitively uncool–geeky, showy, and out of touch with reality.

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    Music is a widely available form of media with the ability to influence attitudes and manipulate emotions (Juslin and Sloboda, 2010; Wheeler et al., 2011), and listeners are drawn to music that reflects or improves their emotional state (Saarikallio, 2011; Thoma et al., 2012; Papinczak et al., 2015). Heavy metal, emotional (emo), hardcore, punk, screamo, and each of their subgenres form the category of “extreme” music. Extreme music is characterized by chaotic, loud, heavy, and powerful sounds, with emotional vocals, often containing lyrical themes of anxiety, depression, social isolation, and loneliness (Shafron and Karno, 2013). Perhaps, due to these musical characteristics, it has been claimed that extreme music leads to anger, and expressions of anger such as aggression, delinquency, drug use, and suicidal acts (Selfhout et al., 2008). Certainly, evidence is available regarding the effect of a listeners’ emotional state on their choice and preference for music listening even whe...


    There were 40 people recruited to the study; however, one person’s data were unusable so the final sample consisted of 39 participants (72% male), with ages ranging from 18 to 34 years (M= 22.36, SD = 3.19 years). Advertisements requested participants for a study of the potential benefits of extreme music listening. It specified that participants should enjoy one or more extreme genres of music, such as heavy metal, punk, hardcore, and screamo, and listen to these at least 50% of the time the...


    Participants were randomly assigned to either the music or control condition before the study began. To avoid extraneous influences on heart rate, participants were asked to refrain from smoking, exercise, and drinking caffeinated and alcoholic beverages for at least 3 h before participating (this was checked with questions in the questionnaire). For the baseline heart rate recording, participants were given a diagram and instructions on how to attach their recording electrodes, and then aske...

    Self-Report Results

    The means and SDs on the DASS (Table 1) show that symptoms of depression, anxiety, or stress were in the normal range, and there were no differences between participants in the two conditions. Responses to the nine questions about extreme music influence on emotions are displayed in Table 2. A majority agreed with the statements that they listened to extreme music to fully experience anger (79%) and to calm themselves down when feeling angry (69%). They also listened to extreme music to impro...

    Experimental Results

    Means and SD on all of the emotion measures for participants in the two conditions are displayed in Table 3.

    Heart Rate Analyses

    A 2 (Condition: Music vs. Silence) × 3 (Time: baseline, after anger induction, after music listening/silence) mixed repeated measures ANOVA was conducted to assess changes in heart rate during experimental periods, refer to Figure 1. A significant main effect of time was revealed, F (2, 74) = 8.54, p < 0.001, ηp2=0.18. There was no main effect of Condition; however, a significant Condition × Time interaction was found, F (2, 74) = 6.36, p = 0.003, ηp2=0.15. Tests of simple effects at each Con...

    Extreme Music and Anger

    The purpose of this research was to test two alternative sets of hypotheses regarding the relationship between extreme music and anger under controlled experimental conditions. The first set of hypotheses followed an “extreme music causes anger” line of reasoning, and the second set of hypotheses followed an “extreme music matches and helps to process anger” line of reasoning. The results overall were supportive of the latter. Among our sample of extreme music fans in the normal range on symp...

    What Did Angry Participants Listen To?

    A secondary aim for the study was to analyze what participants in the music condition selected from their own playlists to listen to when they were angry. It was predicted that angry participants would select extreme music from their playlists that matched their anger in terms of high tempo and angry lyrics. The analysis confirmed that all participants chose to listen to extreme music after the anger induction. The tempo and lyric findings were interesting in that half of the chosen songs con...

    Practical Implications

    Given that some correlational studies have reported an association between extreme music and anger, aggression and delinquency, it is understandable that some parents, teachers, and health practitioners have been concerned about their clients or students listening to extreme music and what this might mean. Earlier studies showed that an individual’s music preference is capable of biasing clinical judgment – for example, Rosenbaum and Prinsky (1991)contacted clinicians at 12 psychiatric hospit...

    This study found that extreme music fans listen to music when angry to match their anger, and to feel more active and inspired. They also listen to music to regulate sadness and to enhance positive emotions. The results refute the notion that extreme music causes anger but further research is required to replicate these findings in naturalistic social contexts, and to investigate the potential contributions of individual listener variables on this relationship between extreme music listening and anger processing.

    The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.

    The authors would like to express their sincere thanks to the participants, who were involved in the study, and to Dr. Eric Vanman for the supported use of his social neuroscience laboratory, and for expert comments on the draft manuscript.

    • Leah Sharman, Genevieve A. Dingle
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    • 2015
    • Rock vs Metal
    • What Is Rock?
    • What Is Metal?
    • What Is The Difference Between Rock and Metal?

    It is universally acknowledged that music has healing powers for just about any mental devastation, music therapy is one of the latest concepts in the up-to-the-minute world. Music in the modern world encompasses diverse genres that emerged and developed over long periods of time. Rock and Metal are such two genres of music. There is difference between rock and metal but they are liable to be confused or mixed-up by some due to a few similarities they share.

    Rock or as officially known rock and roll, is a genre of popular music of which the origin dates back to 1950s United States of America. Rock music, approximately a decade later, developed into a string of styles both in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Rock music itself is extensively influenced by country music and rhythm and blues, another two former genres of music, and also it bears resemblances with jazz, blues, classical, and folk music genres. Speaking of the music of rock, it is centered on the electric guitar and drums and its songs are associated with a time signature of 4/4 and verse-chorus style. The themes of songs of rock music include romance and other distinct social and political themes. Over time, rock music became broader with its large number of diverse sub-genres including alternative rock, art rock, experimental rock, garage rock, grunge, heavy metal,etc.

    Metal music or as formally known as heavy metal, is a sub-genre of rock music that developed towards the late 1960s and early 1970s. Its origins are found largely in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Heavy metal is a subgenre of rock music which highlights volume, power and speed. As well, the characteristics of heavy metal music comprise of long guitar solos in between the songs, huge sound, emphatic beats, and simply extreme loudness. With regard to the themes of the songs of heavy metal, they associate masculinity and aggression. Sub-genres of heavy metal music include black metal, doom metal, glam metal, gothic metal,etc.

    • Rock music originated in the 1950s while metal music was invented in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a sub-genre of rock music. • Rock music has a lighter distortion in the sound where the metal music has a stronger distortion of the sound created. • The sound of metal music is deeper and higher than that of rock music. • The rhythm of metal music consists of emphatic deliberate stress while rock music has an unsyncopated stress in 4/4 time signature. • Metal music utilizes a guitar power chord while rock music does not. • Rock music lyrics associate with a wide range of themes such as love, sex, rebellion and other social concerns while metal music themes largely connect to masculinity, aggression and sex. • Rock musical bands use keyboard as one of their key instruments while metal bands occasionally uses it. Ultimately, it is obvious that rock is a main genre of music whereas metal is a sub-genre of rock that emerged later. Rock does center on the electric guitar and drum kit...

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