Slow heavy metal music is an American genre of rock music, which evolved from the early 1960s and the mid to late 1970s, mainly in the US and the UK. With origins in blues-rock, psychedelic pop, and even acid rock, the band that brought the genre to attention, created a sound that was thick, dark, heavy, complex, and melodic – all pitched to make a large sound. It was this sound, which fuelled the careers of such diverse artists as Motley Crue, Priest, Black Sabbath, Black Label Society, and King Diamond.
There have been many attempts across the years to bring the earliest heavy metals to the modern stage, often with a distorted guitar sound and a hard, crunchy sound on the drums. This has gone some way towards capturing the essence of the genre but these efforts have fallen short; to truly capture and portray the charm of the 1960s and the classic heavy metal sound, you need to use the best effects and musicians to create the music. The artists mentioned above are notable examples of bands that have achieved this.
While it is possible to listen to these albums in order to hear the original tracks, it is much more fun to hear them in their original context, with the added bonus of being able to play along with them! There are also prog-rock bands (post-psychedelia) that have managed to touch the pulse of fans who love this genre, while retaining the ability to play heavy metal songs within a modern context. Examples of these bands are Cathedral, Meshuggah, Kreator, Caeli Seoul, and more.
If you are looking for heavy metal that sounds like it was recorded in a real studio with the original musicians involved, you are in luck. You can listen to albums by such artists as Black Sabbath, Priest, Megadeth, and others on their first albums, or even on their debut albums. Priest’s “Worship” is one such album that fans have been waiting to hear on an album for many years but has never been fully released until now. It is one of the most heavily distorted guitar solos in metal history, featuring an ultra fast solo by Priest’s Dave Keuning on lead guitar. Other early Priest albums to very also include a guitar solo by Keuning.
One of the first new wave groups to feature heavy guitar solos was Bathsheba. Bathsheba is an Australian band that featured vocalist/guitarist David Cook, who has since gone on to become well known as a solo artist. Their debut album, “Torture”, featured a cover by Motley Crue. This band had a huge impact on the heavy metal world, as their music featured the “wordless” approach, which was a very new concept at the time. This is because most of the music at the time was done with vocals, which was then done purely through guitar. Some other pioneers of this style of metal include Metallica, Dream Theater, and Motley Crue.
One of the most popular influences on the new wave of heavy metal music is droning guitar. Drone guitar consists of playing with the rhythm via a set of chords, but the lead melody is played by an electric guitar. This new approach to heavy metal is starting to make a return, with new wave bands such as drone metal guitarists from dronecore bands such as drone/post metal band Brainchild. The sound that an electric guitar makes when you strike the strings is unique to just about no other instrument. It is much harder to obtain the drone guitar sound via software than it is through physical equipment, so you will need to listen to the music available to find it.
Early heavy metal was also influenced by jazz and pop culture, which peaked during the late 1960s through the dawn of rock and roll. The influence on the guitar sound of early heavy metal can still be heard in some of the more popular modern metal songs. A common guitar technique used in this type of music is called the blues scale, which you may have heard played on the piano during a jazz break. Because it uses only two notes, it is simpler to learn and play than the pentatonic scale used in rock music.
Finally, you will need to be familiar with classic rock music if you want to play heavy metal guitar in the future. Many early bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin made use of complex guitar techniques and solos to create their music. These guitar players learned to master their instrument through trial and error, and by writing about their performances and listening to their albums. If you’re looking for a good place to start learning this style of guitar, look for early albums from early iconic bands such as Cream, Emerson, Lake And Palmer or early American groups such as Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan or even early progressive band such as Emerson, Lake And Palmer.