It all gets heavy this week as we go mental for Metal. After the decline of Heavy Metal bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, the late 70’s/early 80’s saw a revival. The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal bands had a tougher, harder sound characterised by power chords, fast guitar solos, soaring vocals and fantasy inspired lyrics. Several NWOBHM artists, for example Def Leppard, Motörhead and Iron Maiden, are still touring today.
The mainstream music press, magazines such as NME and Melody Maker, paid little attention to the genre apart from the magazine Sounds. It’s spin-off Kerrang! became very popular around 2000 with the rise of nu metal bands such as Linkin Park and Slipknot, and has continued to be successful.
The rebirth of metal spawned many subgenres, such as thrash metal, death metal, doom metal, speed metal and black metal. These terms are sometimes caught with the umbrella term extreme metal, or as I have simplified further with this fortnight’s genre, just Metal.
This fortnight’s album is 1982’s The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden.
Each fortnight Fran and Dave explore a new genre from the Music Tree by choosing an album to represent it. We write about the genre or artist during the fortnight, and post our reviews on Sunday. Want to join the musical adventure? Listen along with our Spotify playlist, and subscribe by clicking the link in the sidebar to get an email every time there’s a new post.