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There isn’t a definitive starting point for heavy metal music. Like many subgenres, it emerged from a blend of external influences and creative elements, but that doesn’t mean we can’t trace its origins to some extent. It’s important to understand the term “heavy metal” in the way it was originally used – to describe bands like Led Zeppelin, rather than the gothic-inclined bands that tend to use the term today.

Pinpointing the exact origins of the term is challenging. “Heavy metal” has been a phrase for a long time, with roots in chemistry principles and science fiction Early Science Fiction On The Airwaves - Science Fiction in Radio Some might argue that Science Fiction has existed as long as civilization itself, as people gazed at the stars and wondered, "what if…" Juvenile Serials from the 1930s The first scifi old-time radio shows were primarily adventure serials aimed at young audiences, featuring a scientific theme, most notably Buck Rogers and… writing. However, identifying when it was first applied to music in our time is difficult. Jimi Hendrix’s manager claims it came from a journalist describing his artist’s performance as sounding like heavy metal falling from the sky. Others suggest it originated from beat poets Reflections on some well loved Poets - Ziggy Olivier wrote this article. He met Dylan Thomas and spent some of his youth drinking whisky with him. He said me: "Everything you may have read about him was true." Reflections on some well loved Poets Approaching my own demise, I was delighted this Christmas to receive from a teenage granddaughter a gift that… , with “heavy” as an emotional word that was already applied to music in the 1960s, and “metal” as another slang term used by the hippie counterculture to describe something gritty or dangerous.

Regardless of its origin, “heavy metal” became the primary way to describe 1970s rock music from bands like Led Zeppelin and Grand Funk Railroad. This sound had evolved from the late 1960s. Some point to The Beatles as the unlikely pioneers of metal, with tracks like “Ticket to Ride” featuring heavier drumming to compensate for increased guitar presence, along with a driving bassline and power chord-driven guitar riffs with harmonized melodies.

The actual origins of the genre are difficult to pinpoint. Some attribute it to The Beatles, while others argue that The Who led the way. Either way, it was undoubtedly a collective effort by 1960s bands who sought a grittier sound from their amplifiers, pushing producers to create distortion effects. From there, the full range of heavy metal sounds became possible.

From these early roots, the genre evolved into the New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands in the 1980s, and later, the gothic-styled bands like Metallica.

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