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Soilwork Stabbing the Drama Heavy Metal Music CD Review

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Soilwork, the richly talented Heavy Metal group have released their latest album titled Stabbing The Drama and Wow! It’s really a good one.

Unfortunately, it’s not everyday that I get a CD for review that I can just pop in and comfortably listen to from beginning to end. There is usually a song or two that I just can’t force myself to get through. Not at all the case with Stabbing The Drama. Every track is enjoyable and was pretty easy for me to listen to from start to finish.

As a group Soilwork possess the characteristic of being able to bowl you over with their talent alone. The kind of musicians I frankly just flat out enjoy listening to. One of the nicer things about a CD like this is with this level of talent even if Heavy Metal isn’t your favorite genre you still can’t help but appreciate the greatness of the musicians.

Stabbing The Drama is a first rate CD, delivering a little something for everyone. I give it my highest recommendation. It’s quite simply great listening. A must buy if you’re even mildly into Heavy Metal music. If you’re a Soilwork fan this is a CD your collection flat cannot be without. In fact, this is one of those CDs that you don’t even have to be a fan of Soilwork, or even Heavy Metal to know is good. This is just good music. Period.

While the entire album is really very good the truly standout tunes are track 3 - Weapon Of Vanity, track 2 - One With The Flies, and track 11- Wherever Thorns May Grow.

My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [...as in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 1 - Stabbing The Drama. What a nice track!

Stabbing The Drama Release Notes:

Soilwork originally released Stabbing The Drama on March 8, 2005 on the Nuclear Blast Records label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. Stabbing The Drama 2. One With The Flies 3. Weapon Of Vanity 4. Crestfallen, The 5. Nerve 6. Stalemate 7. Distance 8. Observation Slave 9. Fate In Motion 10. Blind Eye Halo 11. Wherever Thorns May Grow

Written by admin at January 15th, 2009 at 1:52 am

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Htc Touch Diamond - a Review of the Coolest Mobile Phone

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If you’re looking for one of the coolest and hottest mobile phones to hit the market look no further, the HTC Touch Diamond is that phone. This is a huge leap forward when combining hi-tech prowess and intuitive usability with an awesome and exhilarating design.

The HTC Diamond when reviewed for its features and looks was found to have a sharp 2.8 inch touch screen that is housed in a stunningly brushed metal and flawless faceted edges.  Making the HTC Touch Diamond one beautiful phone.

The HTC has a vibrant touch responsive user interface system called the TouchFLO 3D, and an amazingly fast HSDPA internet connection.  This has made the HTC Touch Diamond actually be a rival to many notebook computers that are out there.  This high speed allows you to interact with such sites as Google, YouTube, and Wikipedia, just as you would on any broadband connection.

With TouchFLO 3D you have an amazing array of choices that will make you contacts, favourite music, videos and photos alive and no more that uninspired line of text.  In fact TouchFLO 3D makes the HTC Touch Diamond, and the album artwork, video stills and even snapshots of family and friends these will be brought to life so that you can interact, play, and launch these all with a touch of the fingertips.

The HTC Touch Diamond also has a 3.2 megapixel auto focus camera that will allow you to capture those perfect moments in style and a sharp picture.  Also with the 4GB of internal storage you will be able to save several video stills and pictures.  The HTC Touch Diamond also has an ultra sensitive GPS that is integrated and will help you find any destination you may be looking for.

The pixels of this touch screen are actually four times more than what is offered with most other phones on the market. HTC Weather is available and easy for you to find out what weather might be abroad if you are going on a trip.

The HTC Touch Diamond review is indeed an outstanding phone it allows you to either use it as a touch screen or normal ways.  The technological advances in this phone are many from years past.  If you want not only a phone that will offer you a great many features but also looks stunning you should not even shop further.

The HTC Touch Diamond offers several things that we have already disgusted. But once again for another go over, you should check out the touch screen that is indeed very advanced.  The camera will provide you with some outstanding pictures of special times.  Also with 4GB of storage available you should have no problem with having several pictures saved that you will want to send out to friends and family.  And of course with such a quick internet speed, you can also post pictures on your MySpace account. 

By all means check out the HTC Touch Diamond you will fall in love!

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Written by admin at January 14th, 2009 at 4:53 am

Category: Metal Music Articles

The Sounds of Music: Music Can Have Remarkable Benefits for your Health, or it Can be Destruct

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Have you ever sat somewhere and marveled at how quiet it was? You are acutely aware of sound because it is so unusual to be without noise, We always hear hum from machines, the rumble of traffic, a plane, or other people talking Modern noise pollution is subtle, inconspicuous, and more dangerous than we realize

Exposure to most noises causes irritation, stress, and can result in permanent hearing loss and health problems. It’s difficult to eliminate noise, Often we try to cover offending ambient noise with music. If you like the music, it usually results in fewer physical problems.

We know that brain waves are modified by sounds. Beta brain waves, those between 14 and 20 hertz are most common. We achieve relaxed concentration or lucid awareness when alpha waves, between 8 and 13 hertz, are present Music with about 60 heats per minute–particularly that of Mozart, Brahms, and Bach–shifts the brain’s activity from beta to the higher-awareness alpha waves

It’s called the Mozart Effect. This type of music lowers stress and increases concentration. A study in England found students scored 10 points higher on an IQ test after listening to Mozart compared to those exposed to silence, white noise, or other music. White noise is just low-level random sounds. Examples are radio static and running water.)

Researchers suggest that we respond to music because our bodies are rhythmic. Our breathing, heartbeat, and many other body functions have an intrinsic rhythm.

Certain music invigorates people, while other melodies calm them. Other tunes make you sleepy or keep you awake Supermarkets, department stores, and event managers have used music to shape human behavior. Music can be used to make people move faster or slower, to encourage them to shop longer, persuade them to action, or help them to relax.

Other recent research links exposure to music to improved mental skills. Einstein played the violin and believed this helped his subconscious mind to solve problems. Many people who suffer from insomnia find that some of Bach’s music helps them. Lively popular music boosts energy and endurance. These results aren’t new

But being exposed to music you dislike causes negative effects, including higher blood pressure and stress. Most adults refer to the tunes teenagers listen to as noise. Teens feel the same way about other people’s music. There’s a story about a large group of young people gathering daily near a convenience store. They weren’t doing anything wrong, but their presence irritated the store’s owner and customers. The owner had an idea. He piped classical music outside the store, and the teens quickly disappeared.

Martin Gardiner of Brown University checked the relationship between arrest records of teenagers and their involvement in music. Gardiner found that the more a teen was associated with music, the lower the arrest record. Teens with music education were less likely to get into trouble than students without it. Those who also played a musical instrument, played in a band, or were in a chorus had even fewer problems with the law.

Retail stores have discovered that sales increase when they play easy-listening music. Apparently this music calms shoppers and encourages them to spend more time in the store.

Light, easy-paced music tends to help most people concentrate for a longer time, and improves their ability to memorize facts. However, with some people this music has the opposite effect. It distracts and disturbs those who are more analytical or inhibited than the norm. Listen to various kinds of music to determine its effect on you.

The tempo of religious music induces a feeling of peace and helps a person cope with physical and emotional pain. On the other end of the spectrum, heavy metal, rap, or martial music excites the nervous system and prompts people to dynamic action or aggressive behavior. It’s not surprising that Gulf War pilots listened to recordings of heavy metal music before launching their offensive flights into battle.

Studies are under way to determine if music can cure or help emotional problems and people with brain injuries or Alzheimer’s.

The effects of sounds on other aspects of nature have also been known for centuries. In southern India, farmers believe the gentle sounds of humming and buzzing insects guarantee healthy sprouting of the sugarcane. Carefully conducted experiments have proved that plants grow faster when music, especially tunes in the low frequency range of 100 to 600 hertz, are piped over the fields or into greenhouses. Farm animals and pets have been known to respond to music.

Your heartbeat tends to synchronize with any ambient pulsation. With modern rap music, there is concern as to what the unnatural rhythm changes do to listeners’ bodies, emotions, and even their subconscious. Long-term effects are unknown.

Music will influence our health and behavior. By knowing about its effects, we can use it to our benefit.

Written by admin at January 12th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Category: Metal Music Articles

The Best of 2008 Heavy Metal Festivals

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As the New Year is upon us, many travellers will be looking to book their holidays in order to get the best deals on trips intended for fun and sun; but for heavy metal fans now is the time to start booking travel to festivals in one of the most exciting years to be a heavy metal fan in recent memory. With so many festivals to pick from, this article picks the best of the bunch to make the decision as easy as possible.

Kicking off the year in truly evil style is the Inferno Metal Festival, held annually during Easter in Oslo, Norway. With this year’s event taking place from 19–22 March, the current line-up includes such names as Satyricon, Cult of Luna, 1349 and Behemoth. Due to the extreme sound of most of the bands playing Inferno, it is unlikely the festival will ever grow to be as big as the more mainstream metal festivals, but like previous years, it is likely to attract travellers from across the globe in shared appreciation of all things extreme, and despite the brutality onstage, the festival has a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

Rock am Ring and Rock im Park are two concurrent festivals held annually in Germany, this year held between 6–8 June. Both festivals have the same line-up, Rock am Ring taking place in the west of Germany and Rock im Park taking place in the south-east, with artists rotating between the two sites over the course of the three-day event. Together Rock im Park and Rock am Ring forms the largest music festival in Germany and one of the largest in the world – last year had a combined attendance of 150,000. This year’s line-up will include Rage Against the Machine, Motörhead, Bullet For My Valentine, The Hellacopters and Metallica.

In the UK, the biggest metal festival of the year is the Download Festival. Held at Donnington Park, the venue used for the Monsters of Rock Festivals between 1980 and 1996 and the 2002 UK Ozzfest, it is sacred ground to many headbangers around the world. This year’s festival is scheduled for 13–15 June and the line–up is rumoured to include Metallica, Judas Priest, Muse, Kiss and Machine Head.

Wacken Open Air is the largest, exclusively metal music festival in the world, taking place annually in the small town of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. Since its humble beginnings in 1990 it has grown to become the major festival on the European metal calendar, attracting fans and bands from all over the world. This year it is set to take place from 31 July–2 August and the bands playing include As I Lay Dying, At the Gates, Children of Bodom, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, Kreator and Nightwish.

Visitors wishing to travel to the festivals can take advantage of promotional flights throughout Europe, with most low-cost airlines currently offering their lowest prices for summer travel. While many assume that they have existing travel insurance that will cover most things, such as made available from their credit card, this type of cover tends to be rather basic and only covers accidents incurred during travel rather than after reaching final destination. Travellers should therefore compare credit cards to ensure theirs gives them the comprehensive cover required or take out additional insurance for the trip.

And finally, heavy metal fans are advised to invest in a pair of decent earplugs in order to block out nasty frequencies emanating from the amps and PAs at the festivals, ensuring their appreciation for heavy metal can be continued for years to come.

Written by admin at January 8th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Category: Metal Music Articles

The Best of Metal Band

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Today the metal band seem seeking and only the few metal community who is still exist.but beside that there are so many the new metal band who comes up to the surface.but the metal band still authorized by the old metal band such as the Father of metal band METALLICA,nightwish,dimmu borgir,LAMB OF GOD and many more.the new metal band is hard to beat the old metal band,there is no answer why could be that.

But the metal band only develop in several countries especially in EUROPE and AMERICA. in ASIA there are several band who can also to fight to get the audience or listener.the most phenomenal band is nightwish the metal band from sweden,slayer and opeth.Nightwish has a women vocalist that in this years has awarded Swedish Metal Awards 2008 and opeth has great welcome for their new album with the tittle watershed.

As we know in Europe and metallica there are so many music metal festival that make the music metal can be develop so they born the best metal band each year.because they give the change to express the music and then they also can learn from the senior metal band how to make the best music metal.it is very different with the Asia who do not have the famous metal band.but recently I heard there is the metal band from japan who will perform in USA.I think in Asia and the other countries has the best metal band the differences is the do not have a change to perform they metal music.

so this is make sense why the only Europe and America countries who always reborn the best next metal band.

Written by admin at January 8th, 2009 at 1:04 am

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Review of the Mudvayne CD Lost and Found

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Not sure what’s happening with me on this one, but it seems like the more I listen to it, the better Lost And Found gets. Lost And Found simply stated is one of their best CDs to date.

I wish it weren’t the case but, it’s not everyday that I get a CD for review that I can just pop in and comfortably listen to from beginning to end. There is usually a song or two that I just can’t force myself to get through. Not at all the case with Lost And Found. Every track is enjoyable and was pretty easy for me to listen to from start to finish.

Lost And Found has a nicely varied, mix of 12 tracks that are very well written and brilliantly performed songs by these clearly outstanding musicians. Most of the songs display a lot of the kind emotion that makes for a really great listen. Clearly drawing from what I can only imagine are their own personal experiences. At different points touching on the most real emotions of love, heartbreak, pain, failed relationships and unattainable romance. They’re all here.

I’m of the opinion that Lost And Found is certainly some of this groups best work in a few years. A totally enjoyable CD and an outstanding release. What I call must have music. I give it two thumbs up because it’s a collection that even the casual Heavy Metal fan can appreciate and enjoy.

While this entire album is really very good some of my favorites are track 2 - Pushing Through, track 8 - Forget To Remember, and track 12 - Pulling The String

My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [...as in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 1 - Determined. What a nice track!

Lost And Found Release Notes:

Mudvayne originally released Lost And Found on April 12, 2005 on the Epic label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. Determined 2. Pushing Through 3. Happy? 4. IMN 5. Fall Into Sleep 6. Rain. Sun. Gone. 7. Choices 8. Forget To Remember 9. TV Radio 10. Just 11. All That You Are 12. Pulling The String

Mudvayne: Chad Gray (vocals); Greg Tribbett (guitar); Ryan Martinie (bass guitar); Matt McDonough (drums).

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Written by admin at January 6th, 2009 at 11:55 am

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Review of the Chimaira CD Impossibility of Reason

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Impossibility Of Reason is the latest Heavy Metal CD released by the extremely group Chimaira and they have once again delivered a brilliant collection of tracks. I’m confident Chimaira fans, and Heavy Metal fans alike will be pleased with this one.

I wish it weren’t the case but, it’s not everyday that I get a CD for review that I can just pop in and comfortably listen to from beginning to end. There is usually a song or two that I just can’t force myself to get through. Not at all the case with Impossibility Of Reason. Every track is enjoyable and was pretty easy for me to listen to from start to finish.

Chimaira is one of those groups that have the ability to just bowl you over with their collective talent. The kind of musicians it’s really a treat to be able to listen to.

If you’re even mildly into Heavy Metal music you’ll enjoy this album. Overall Impossibility Of Reason is an outstanding release. I give it my double thumbs up. You will not be disappointed with one single track.

While the entire album is outstanding the truly standout tunes are track 2 - The Impossibility Of Reason, track 3 - Pictures In The Gold Room, and track 12 - Implements Of Destruction.

My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [...as in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 1 - Cleansation. Great track!

Impossibility Of Reason Release Notes:

Chimaira originally released Impossibility Of Reason on May 13, 2003 on the Roadrunner Records label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. Cleansation 2. Impossibility Of Reason, The 3. Pictures In The Gold Room 4. Power Trip 5. Down Again 6. Pure Hatred 7. Dehumanizing Process, The 8. Crawl 9. Stigmurder 10. Eyes Of A Criminal 11. Overlooked 12. Implements Of Destruction

Chimaira: Mark Hunter (vocals); Rob Arnold, Matt DeVries (guitar); Jim LaMarca (bass); Andols Herrick (drums); Chris Spicuzza.

Producers: Ben Schigel, Mark Hunter, Rob Arnold.

Recorded at Spider Studios, Strongville, Ohio.

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Written by admin at January 5th, 2009 at 9:25 am

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Music Theory & Harmony: The Key To Understanding How Music Works!

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It’s a sad fact that most people, including piano players, regard music theory and harmony as some abstract concept that has very little to do with the songs they play on their pianos. Nothing could be further from the truth. Knowing music theory and harmony is the key to opening a whole new world of exciting insights into the songs we play, and enable us to do things on the piano we never dreamed we could do, to say nothing of enjoying the process a hundred times more.

What is music theory, and how can I benefit?

Here are just a few of the wonderful skills and insights a person benefits from by learning music theory:

How notation works — a huge advantage in sight-reading.

The hierarchy of rhythm — solving rhythm problems before they begin.

All kinds of scales — the “ladders of notes” every song is composed of. Major scales, 3 types of minor scales, chromatic scales, whole tone scales, modal scales.

How transposition and modulation works — playing songs in different keys, and getting from one key to another smoothly.

Complex time signatures, and what they tell you.

Perfect, major & minor intervals — helps ear training greatly.

Two-part and four-part harmony.

Figured bass such as IV, V7, ii6, I6/4, etc. and how it relates to chord symbols such as Fm7, F6, Dmaj7, etc.

Harmonizing melodies with all these chords.

Open & close voicing, inversions, secondary chords, form, cadences, non-harmonic tones, arranging for voices, arranging for brass, arranging for strings, transposing instruments, key relationships and many other exciting insights into the inner workings of music!

But what is harmony?

Harmony is a sub-set of music theory. It is a series of notes in combination, played simultaneously. Listen to your favorite songs, and pay close attention to the back-up vocals when they’re being sung along with the lead. Can you hear how the two vocal melodies differ in pitch? That’s harmony, and it’s highly possible that those back-up vocalists were chosen because of their strong ability to harmonize.

Singing a harmony, or rather picking one out on your own without written sheet music, is an almost inherent musical skill that many singers would die to possess. But harmony isn’t just the province of singers; it’s found in every single area of music. Any time a sound is layered on top of another sound and those sounds match each other in rhythm and melody (but not pitch), a harmony is created.

Harmony is made of intervals, and as such, it can be considered dissonant (scratchy, uncomfortable, like playing an E and an F at the same time) or consonant (pleasing or smooth). What makes a harmony pleasing or unpleasing, however, is extremely relative. In medieval times, only octaves and perfect fifths were considered harmonious, and any harmony that deviated from that was generally frowned upon. In modern western music, though, nearly everything is considered to be harmonious by someone. Fifths are still very popular in modern harmony but are now used in the most unlikely of places; heavy metal music, for example, frequently uses perfect fifths in the vocal harmony to create an eerie effect when layered on top of the more dissonant instrumentation.

Harmony, in addition to being consonant or dissonant, can also be subordinate or coordinate. Subordinate harmony, the tonal harmony used most frequently today, is a series of harmonies that are based on each other. The harmony moves in such a way that a resolution is somewhat predictable; you can hear this type of harmony in modern pop music, musical parts that flow very easily into each other and don’t leave the listener baffled as to the turn the song has taken. On the other hand, coordinate harmony is a series of harmonies that operate independently of each other. They do have some common relation, of course, but don’t typically move toward a goal, or predictable resolution. Renaissance musicians often used this type of harmony, and it’s capable of producing rich and moving textures within a piece of music.

Learning music theory and harmony is not just an option you can take or leave: it is part and parcel of the “stuff of music”. No surgeon would ever say “I don’t want to learn all that stuff about the nervous system & the skeletal system and blood vessels and how the lungs and heart works and all that stuff — I just want to operate”.

And yet the majority of piano players ignore the very thing that would take them to the next level in their playing and knowledge — music theory & harmony.

Written by admin at January 5th, 2009 at 4:47 am

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Alice in Chains Dirt Heavy Metal Music CD Review

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I can describe the latest release from Heavy Metal super group Alice In Chains for you with just one word… Outstanding!

I wish it weren’t the case but, it’s not everyday that I get a CD for review that I can just pop in and comfortably listen to from beginning to end. There is usually a song or two that I just can’t force myself to get through. Not at all the case with Dirt. Every track is enjoyable and was pretty easy for me to listen to from start to finish.

Dirt is a pleasantly varied, mix of 13 tracks that are very well written and brilliantly performed songs by these clearly superb musicians. Most of the songs display a lot of the kind emotion that makes for a really great listen. Clearly drawing from what I can only imagine are their own real life experiences. At different points touching on the most real emotions of love, and the pain of failed relationships can certainly be heard.

Overall Dirt is excellent from beginning to end. One of those CDs that after a few listens the songs are just etched into your memory. A must have for the Heavy Metal fan. Really spectacular from beginning to end.

While the entire album is really very good the truly standout tunes are track 2 - Dam That River, track 4 - Down In A Hole, and track 13 - Would?.

My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [...as in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 1 - Them Bones. Great track!

Dirt Release Notes:

Alice In Chains originally released Dirt on September 29, 1992 on the Columbia label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. Them Bones 2. Dam That River 3. Rain When I Die 4. Down In A Hole 5. Sickman 6. Rooster 7. Junkhead 8. Dirt 9. God Smack 10. (untitled) - (hidden track) 11. Hate To Feel 12. Angry Chair 13. Would?

Alice In Chains: Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell (vocals, guitar); Michael Starr (bass); Sean Kinney (drums).

Additional personnel: Tom Araya (background vocals).

Recorded in 1992.

Written by admin at January 4th, 2009 at 2:13 am

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Heavy Metal Music: Headbang to the Rhythm

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Can you imagine life without music? It’s very difficult to imagine no doubt, but one thing is certain, life would have been dull and boring had it not been for music. In fact you can never come across a person who says that they have never hummed a tune in their life or that they do not love music. Well everyone cannot become great singer, but we all exercise our vocals in the privacy of our bathrooms. If anyone says that they do not sing in the shower, chances are likely that are they are lying. Heavy metal music is a genre of music that evolved in the late 60s and early 70s. Heavy metal music is also referred to as metal music, and this music reached the zenith of its popularity in the 80s and many subgenres of music evolved from heavy metal music. The sounds associated with heavy metal music consisted of heavy guitar and drum centered sound with highly amplified distortion of fast guitar.

Devoted fans of heavy metal music are referred to as headbangers and metalheads world wide. Heavy metal music is characterized by loud distorted guitar sounds, dense drum and bass sound, emphatic rhythm combined with vigorous vocals. A typical heavy metal music band consists of a bassist, a rhythm guitarist, a drummer, a lead guitarist and a lead singer or vocalist. The vocalist may or may not play an instrument. Today heavy metal music has a variety of styles namely power metal; progressive metal and symphonic metal and most of the present day bands often make sure of the electronic keyboard. The heavy volume used in heavy metal music is a vital element of attraction towards the music for fans, especially for live performances. Most popular theme for songs of heavy metal music is violence, fantasy, sex and the occult.

Physical gestures are a vital part of heavy metal music and this is very much evident during live performances. Moshing, headbanging, hand gestures like devil horns, stage diving, air guitar and crowd surfing are very popular among singers and fans of heavy metal music. If you are thinking that heavy metal music is just a form of entertainment, then think again. Researchers have recently found out that heavy metal music can be a great source of comfort to teenage children. The study has found out that teenagers who regularly listen to heavy metal music cope better with pressures as compared to their peers. So now if you find out that your teenage child is hooked to heavy metal music you can just simply rest easy.

Heavy metal music has several subgenres. Underground metal is one of the broad categories of heavy metal music and there are five categories under this namely: death metal, trash metal, black metal, doom metal, gothic metal, power metal and trash metal. The sound that was developed by trash musicians was mush faster and aggressive then the original heavy metal music. Some of the popular heavy metal musicians and bands are Guns N Roses, Iron Maiden, Poison, Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne and Deff Leppard.



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