What Is Heavy Metal Essay Research Paper

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What Is Heavy Metal Essay, Research Paper For thousands of years music has been a major highlight of every culture around the world. Music has been used in diverse ways, ranging from worship to gods, holiday celebrations, to even national identity as in the case of national anthems. Music is without a doubt, man s best friend. It is present in every scenario of human life. It can be heard in the house, in the car, at work, at the store, at church, even to the extent that it is used in the bathroom. Its emotional influence in the lives of people has been enormous, resulting in desires for glory, love, peace, unity and many other aspects of life. Over the years a wide variety of categories have emerged in the musical world ranging from symphonies to heavy metal. Excuse me,

Heavy metal? Can every style of music that has been categorized be regarded as true music? One of the most controversial issues regarding music is whether or not Heavy Metal can be considered true music. From my perspective and that of many citizens, heavy metal is nothing but an insulting, loud, and pointless arrangement of instruments and vocals. It should not be considered music for it fails to meet the criterion that is to be met when deciding whether something should fall into this category. First, let us turn to the definition of the word Music . What is Music? According to the definition provided by the Oxford English Dictionary (126). This leads us to two other questions; what is harmony? And what do we mean by expression of Campbell 2 emotions? In order for a set of

instruments and vocals to be considered music they must fulfill these two main characteristics. Let us turn to the meaning of harmony. Harmony as seen in our lives refers to the combination of elements resulting in beauty and pleasure to our senses. Perhaps the best example in musical harmony could be the performances of musicians such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Frederic Chopin among many others who constitute to classical music. Their musical compositions employ soft gentle sounds from a variety of instruments. Each instrument is given the opportunity to be appreciated and delightful to everyone s ears. Coordination of every instrument is vital in their performances; a slight error in a member can cause a loss of harmony. Thus harmony involves

pleasure, beauty, and coordination. In contrast to classical music, let us now analyze Heavy Metal in respect to harmony. A former singer and bass player in the a band called Blue Cheer, Dick Peterson points out We had a place in forming that heavy-metal sound. Although I m not saying we knew what we were doing, cuse we didn t. All we knew was we wanted more power [in the sound] (Walser 9). Heavy metal employs different kinds of rhythms, or shall we say sounds, compared with the music of classical musicians. The comment made by the former singer and bass player illustrates what ought not to be considered harmony. Loudness is in no regard pleasurable to our senses. The use of distorted sounds, screams, and rare instruments can be harmful to us. It can eventually cause damage to

our ears and pollution to our atmosphere. The lyrics used in Heavy metal do not fall in the category of pleasure either. It is very common to find obscene words and phrases promoting violence and revolution in the songs. The influence of Heavy Metal usually results in alterations in the adrenaline level of fans. It is not uncommon to see head banging, fights, and even nudity during the concerts. Heavy metal clearly falls very distant from becoming harmonious. Let us now turn to the expression of emotions. Perhaps what brought music to reality was the expression of emotion? People express their feelings through music. Some songs can express love and appreciation of life while others may express regrets and sorrows. Whatever the occasion or the emotion a person goes through can be