The History and Evolution of Metal – PT. II

Linkin Park combine modern rock with hip hop and seen here performing live in concert

By 1990, metal was growing, expanding, and branching off into numerous sub-genres. Florida’s Chuck Schuldiner opened the door for a more grim and morbid musical genre with his band Death and was later recognized as the father of Death Metal Bands like Queensryche, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, and Tool led the pack in the evolution of progressive metal. Yngwie Malmsteen paved the way for the neo-classical shredder movement, and later bands like Pantera (featuring the late guitarist Dimebag Darrell) would carry the torch for a whole new generation of shred-heads.

From the mid-90s to the early 2000s, metal continued to take on new forms and intense progression with bands like White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Slipknot. They took imagery and shock to new heights alongside a rising crop of Nu-Metal bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park, which infused hip-hop and DJ influences with a down-tuned heavy edge.

Moving from the year 2000 to the present day, metal music retains a strong presence in emerging bands like Opeth, Gojira, and Lamb of God, and has never lost that underlying mystical element that draws in listeners for a truly transformed listening experience. Looking at the past progression of this art, we can now envision our own evolution and transformation as metal musicians and draw influence from the wealth of talent that has led us to where we are today.

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.


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