Traditional heavy metal, or simply heavy metal, is the seminal subgenre of heavy metal music before the genre "evolved and splintered into many different styles and subgenres."[1]

Music characteristicsEdit

Heavy metal sound is in many cases similar to that of hard rock, but on the new scale. It is characterized by mid-to-fast-tempo "gallup" riffs, guitar solos, usually high-pitched vocals. Template:Sect-stub

Lyric themesEdit

Heavy metal bands tend to sing about war, horror fiction and heavy metal music itself. War is often romanticized, with bands like Manowar and HammerFall praise courage and masculinity, frequently involving mythological and historical topics. Horror and mysticism sometimes overlap with religion topics, like Apocalypse.

Traditional heavy metal bands Edit

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