Understanding of Heavy Metal Music

Heavy metal is a complete stranger to me. Very few people listen to heavy metal music from the culture background that I grew up with. Honestly, loudness is all I can say about it. The last few classes give me a general idea about heavy metal. Growling with the passion and yet torn roar, lashing flashing passionately in the melodies, this unique music style blew my mind.
Heavy metal intoxicates people. There is an impulsion bursting out of you, enabling you to try new things and be a trill seeker. Dissatisfaction towards life or the contempt of the real-world, all the negative emotions would vanish into thin air. The screaming and powerful voice would serve as a perfect catalyst for you to blow off steam and therefore revive your spirits. Some heavy metal listeners love it simply because the pleasure of catharsis. At the meantime, some people hate heavy metal music, they feel repulsion for it at first glance. From the gloomy album cover to the exaggerated dress style of the band member, everything is creepy and eccentric.
The high volume, of course, is the one thing you have to get used to about heavy metal. Your eardrum is constantly tested by the amplified sonic power of live heavy metal performance. To generate shocking power, heavy metal music seeks perfection. Intense bass-and drum, highly skilled and unpredictable guitar, hysterical singing, all of which form the unparalleled music genre and everything adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Another main characteristic of heavy music is incomprehensible lyrics. I can barely grasp the meaning of the song without caption. But there is repetition in the song to emphasize the key words the performer want to express. Unrelentingly dark, obsessively depression, crushingly loud, heavy metal is a profound form of music that loved by passionate people.
I listened to several songs by Black Sabbath lately to get a better understanding of heavy metal. It seems that every song has its own unique meaning, some of which are related to religion. The mysterious typical occult song “Iron Man” begins with a slow and distorted robot sound” I am the Iron Man”. Imitating the ponderous footsteps of Iron Man, the heavy drums hit right on the heart of listeners. The song expresses fear, loneliness, disappointment and confusion about future. Iron Man is similar to the god that once created and protected the world. However, in most people’s eyes, God is more like a meaningless “idol”. People are aware of his existence, but they don’t care. Symbolized by the Iron Man in lead boots, God seeks revenge, coming after people with anger. Black Sabbath tells us that reverence to god or any other mighty power among the universe is a must. “War Pigs” is also has its own aspect of attraction. The intense air defense warning accompanying with compelling riff, Black Sabbath starts their epic performance. Vigorous riff, stunning solo, dense drum sound, richly music rhythm and dark evil vocal, the song is ear-refreshing. What also worth noticing is that the anti-war notion is what the song is all about.
I can only understand the superficial level of heavy metal music for now. Everything is still a little obscure to me but I’ll try to figure out. For me, heavy metal is a new area worth digging into, because I know it is more than screaming and growling and it has some true meaning beneath that mask.


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