TOP-10 SELLED PLATES IN THE HISTORY OF SOUND RECORDING
Michael Jackson “Thriller” (1982) - 66 million copies * Already in the first week after the release, about a million copies of the record were sold. Thriller is listed on…

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How, why did a new style of music come about, how did it all begin? (part 2)
ROCK FESTIVALS - MMFM'89 So, what is hard rock promoting now, what ideas does it advocate? Before talking about the texts of some groups, I must say a few words…

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TATU OF POPULAR ROCK MUSICIANS
In this article we will tell about the history of the occurrence, the number of tattoos of rock musicians, such as: Andy Birsak, Billy Joe Armstrong, Chester Bennington, Frank Iero,…

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Overview of Heavy Music Styles (part 2)

Progressive Metal is the most intelligent metal genre, a direct descendant of Art Rock. “Progressors” went even further in terms of “inaudibility”, which entailed the commercial failure of the style. Still, not everyone can adequately perceive 20-30-minute songs with a complex rhythmic pattern, constant tempo changes, deep conceptual verses, crazy vocal passages and long guitar and keyboard solos! The first group that tried to combine all this with heavy riffs was the Rush Canadians, but their music is more suitable for the definition of “heavy art rock” than Progressive Metal. The real “progressive” appeared in the early 80s through the efforts of such bands as Mercyful Fate, Fates Warning and Watchtower (this group along with Mekong Delta played techno-thrash, even more technical and sophisticated music). Dream Theater managed to achieve the greatest success in the field of progressive metal. As a rule, very professional musicians play Progressive, many of whom graduated from the conservatory. It should be noted a mixture of progressive death metal – Death, Sadist, Atheist, Alchemist. Recommended listening groups: Dream Theater, Magellan, Fates Warning, Mercyful Fate / King Diamond, Royal Hunt, Psychotic Waltz, Symphony X, Depressive Age, Elegy, Shadow Gallery, Black Symphony, Queensryche, Savatage Techno Thrash: Watchtower, Mekong Delta, Hads

Speed ​​Metal is a virtually dead genre that is fast, tough and aggressive, but at the same time quite melodic music. The pioneers of Speed ​​Metal are considered the notorious American band Metallica, but this is just a misconception caused by the excessive popularity of this team. The first real “speed” album was released in 1983 (a few months before Metallica) by the much less hyped band from Canada Exciter. By combining the melodies of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden in their music with the speed and aggression of Motorhead and Venom, the musicians managed to achieve unprecedented results. Subsequently, speed metal split into two new areas, Thrash and Power. Often it is very difficult to distinguish Speed ​​metal from its descendants, therefore deviations are possible in the classification of some groups. Do not be surprised if, for example, in one place you read that Exciter are playing Speed, in another – that they are playing Thrash, and in the third – Power or Heavy. This once again proves the fact that all musical categories are just conventions invented by critics in order to hang labels on musicians! Recommended listening groups: Exciter, Metallica (“Kill ’em All”), Anthrax (“Fistful Of Metal”), Helloween (“Walls Of Jericho”), Blind Guardian (first 2 albums), Living Death, Agent Steel, Paragon , Sacred Steel, Anvil, Risk

Thrash Metal (Thrash Metal) – the style appeared around 1984 simultaneously in two countries, the USA and Germany. In the states it was Slayer, Exodus and Metallica, and in Europe – Kreator, Sodom and Destruction. Barely formed, thrash became terribly popular because there was nothing heavier than him at that time. Thrash was a logical consequence of Speed-metal, crossed with the energy of punk. Texts of this direction in most cases have a strongly social coloring. Unfortunately, not all thrash groups managed to convey their style to the present day, a clear majority got lost in the wilds of hardcore, industrial, grunge and even hip-hop! The most popular thrash team is undoubtedly Metallica, although they themselves have long since abandoned not only thrash, but metal in general. By the way, many people think that it was Metallica who invented this style, but, as in the case of Speed ​​Metal, this is not true! Thrash had a decisive influence on the formation of Death Metal, and also left a deep imprint on many other areas of heavy work. Now thrash metal is not as popular as in the 80s. Much more popular is the modern pseudotrash like Machine Head and Pantera. Recommended listening groups: Metallica (before “Load”), Slayer, Kreator, OverKill, Testament, Sodom, Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Megadeth, Anthrax, Destruction, Artillery, Annihilator, Pantera, Whiplash, Possessed, Xentrix, Master, Shah, see also Power Thrash

15 BEST HEAVY METAL GROUPS OF ALL TIMES AND PEOPLES (part 3)
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How, why did a new style of music come about, how did it all begin? (part 4)
CONCLUSION So what is rock? Rock is a real art. And like every serious art, rock music raises all the issues of human existence, trying to solve them in its…

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25 interesting facts about the life of Viktor Tsoi
Viktor Robertovich Tsoi (June 21, 1962, Leningrad - August 15, 1990, near the village of Kesterciems, Latvian SSR) - Soviet rock musician, songwriter and artist. The founder and leader of…

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