Friday, January 7, 2011

Map of Metal: This Site Goes to 11

Photo by Grzegorz Chorus/chorus

If you’re not clear on the distinction between Progressive Metal, Speed Metal and Neo-classical Metal, have we got a site for you. The Map of Metal lays it all out in a denim and silver scull studded sea of terminology all meant to clear up the confusion in any headbanger’s addled mind.

When you load the site you are greeted with a booming blast of the self-titled Black Sabbath tune from 1970 and a definition of what exactly Heavy Metal is. As the legend explains, “With roots in blues-rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats and overall loudness.”

In other words, this site goes to 11.

To follow the evolution of the genre move the preview box in the navigation map in the upper right hand corner of the window. This will take you across the sea to Shock Rock (“a wide umbrella term for artists who combine rock music and elements of theatrical shock value in live performances”). Travel back across land to the hinterlands of Folk Metal (“a fusion of heavy metal and traditional folk music”). Or head further afield to see what Drone Metal (aka Drone Doom) is all about (“notes or chords that are sustained and repeated throughout a piece of music”).

At each stop you’ll not only be able to read about the specific sub-genre but you’ll hear examples of a given style. And while you might recognize the sounds of Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne or Motorhead, but have you ever heard Blood Stain Child’s Funeral Doom tracks or Asking Alexandria’s Groove Metal tunes?

So crank up the volume and explore the Heavy Metal landscape. It’s a rockin’ good time.

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