The History and Evolution of Metal – PT. I

FROM CLASSICAL TO METAL

Oftentimes, metal is credited for having parallel roots to classical music, because no other subsequent style has displayed as much form, phrasing, and dynamics the way metal has. Classic metal masterpieces such as Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” were even written with authentic classical arrangement formats in mind (in the case of “Master of Puppets,” it was sonata allegro form), so it’s no great mystery why heavy metal music has made such a huge impact and continues to be a dominant force in the music industry. Yet, there is a great mysterious element to metal music.

WHY IS THE METAL BLACK?

There has always been a deep mystical element present in its sound and presentation, and some of the greatest philosophical questions and concepts have been poetically expressed through this art. It is this mystical element beneath the music that is the real connection between the music and the listener, and the driving force that draws us to an experience with each listen.

There is no denying that metal has long been an art form hellbent on delivering the purest expressions of the soul, whether it’s the spiritual and mathematical concepts presented in progressive metal, the incantations and mythic chants of black and gothic metal, or the ever-pervading questions and commentary of life and death
expressed in death metal.

To Be Continued…

R.I.P Ronnie James Dio & Paul Gray (Slipknot)

Scott “SVH” Von Heldt is a staff writer for SMG. Scott is currently the lead guitarist for Brian “Head” Welch (ex-Korn) and has worked with members of White Zombie, Cirque Du Soliel and many others. In late 2008 he released the first book of his Mystic Art of Self-Discovery series entitled Mind Over Metal: The Musician’s Guide to Mental Mastery.

Email: SVH@sharemyguitar.com

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  • Very sad about Dio and Paul Gray… If you haven’t seen it, check out Tenacious D and The Pick of Destiny, in the beginning of the flick there’s a scene where a Ronnie James Dio poster comes to life and sings an important metal tale to young JB.

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