Heavy metal music facts for kids

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Heavy metal
A colour photograph of the four members of Led Zeppelin performing onstage, with some other figures visible in the background. The band members shown are, from left to right, the bassist, drummer, guitarist, and lead singer. Large guitar speaker stacks are behind the band members.
From left to Led Zeppelin performing at Chicago Stadium in January 1975
Stylistic origins Blues rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock
Cultural origins Late 1960s/Early 1970s United Kingdom and United States
Typical instruments Electric guitar, bass, drums, vocals
Mainstream popularity Worldwide
Subgenres
Black metal - death metal - doom metal - folk metal - glam metal - gothic metal - power metal, progressive metal - speed metal - symphonic metal - thrash metal - viking metal
(complete list)
Fusion genres
Deathcore - grindcore - metalcore - nu metal
Other topics
Rock music

Heavy metal is a loud, aggressive style of rock music. The bands who play heavy-metal music usually have one or two guitars, a bass guitar and drums. In some bands, electronic keyboards, organs, or other instruments are used. Heavy metal songs are loud and powerful-sounding, and have strong rhythms that are repeated. There are many different types of heavy metal, some of which are described below.

Common features of heavy metal include slackened (downtuned) instruments and unusual key changes and time signatures (metre).

Heavy metal bands sometimes dress in jeans, leather jackets, and leather boots, and have long hair. Heavy metal bands sometimes behave in a dramatic way when they play their instruments or sing. However, many heavy metal bands do not like to do this.

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