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Hard-Rock\Heavy-Metal Music

Research Question: Why people have a Negative opinion about this kind of music?

Teacher: Nellie Deutsch

School Name: Ort Gutman

Written By: Maxim Kanarenshteyn

4th of March 2009


My Topic is divided in to two main subjects: Heavy Metal and Hard Rock, and the people around it. My research question is “Why people have a Negative opinion about this kind of music?” Which makes the main topic split into two topics.

The topic that I chose is about music, but not just any kind of music, it’s about Hard Rock and Heavy metal music. In this project, my goals are to show and demonstrate the beauty, the uniqueness and the truth behind Metal and Rock music, the skills, creativity and the idea about how this music is built and played. But, my most important goal is to discuss the negative reaction and the sudden judgment of people.

The reason I chose this topic and the research question is because I am a big fan of this kind music and I want to learn more about it. And also every one that likes and listen to Metal and Rock can feel the negative reaction of people toward it without even knowing what it really is, so my goal is to study this subject and question, and find the truth behind the Metal\Rock music, people and the connection between them that creates the two sides of loving and hating this music.

Heavy Metal

Heavy metal (often referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in England and the United States. With roots in blues-rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are generally associated with masculinity and machismo. Early heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple attracted large audiences, though they were often critically reviled a status common throughout the history of the genre. In the mid-1970s, Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence; Motor head introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed. Bands in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal such as Iron Maiden followed in a similar vein. Before the end of the decade, heavy metal had attracted a worldwide following of fans known as "metal heads" or "head bangers". In the 1980s, glam metal became a major commercial force with groups like Motley Crüe. Underground scenes produced an array of more extreme, aggressive styles: thrash metal broke into the mainstream with bands such as Metallica, while other styles like death metal and black metal remain sub cultural phenomena. Since the mid-1990s, popular styles such as nu metal, which often incorporates elements of funk and hip hop; and metal core, which blends extreme metal with hardcore punk, have further expanded the definition of the genre.

Hard Rock

Hard rock is a sub-genre of rock music which has its earliest roots in mid-1960s garage and psychedelic rock and is considerably harder than conventional rock music. It is typified by a heavy use of distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, keyboards and drums. Hard rock is strongly influenced by blues music; the most frequently used scale in hard rock is the pentatonic, which is a typical blues scale. Unlike traditional rock and roll (which takes elements of the "old" blues), hard rock incorporates elements of "British blues", a style of blues played with more modern instruments such as electric guitars, drums, keyboards and electric bass. A notable departure from traditional blues forms is that hard rock is seldom restricted to the I, IV, and V chords prevalent in twelve or sixteen bar blues, but includes other chords, typically major chords rooted on tones of the minor scale. The term "hard rock" is often applied to many styles of rock music, their only common feature being that they deviate from pop rock, though this is generally incorrect. Two such examples are punk rock and grunge. Punk rock uses a faster tempo, less melody, fewer riffs (often using bare chords), more aggression and anti-establishment lyrics.

Research Question

So why Some People have negative opinion about this music?

There are some different kinds of Heavy Metal that are different from each other for example trash metal and death metal which more aggressive and over reacted by phenomenal believes like the “Devil” and “Satan”. People tend to forget about sound and instrument playing, and focus on lyrics, the tone that the singer sings and that’s why some people hear only the shouting and bad words that come out from the singer.

Hard Rock is much softer and less aggressive then Heavy Metal, that originally comes from blues. So why some people have negative opinion about Hard Rock?

  • I believe it’s because of the name that this kind of music has.

You know the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”? This topic is about it!

  • People see the name Hard Rock and say to themselves that it’s another loud music with screams and aggression without even listening to it or knowing any thing about it.

In my opinion music is about rhythm, skills, talent and good sound, that most of the people tend to forget about, and not the performance and the acting.

Some people prefer other music that they can connect with more then Heavy Metal and Hard Rock and they don’t listen to it because its not their taste, which I find really fine and right but people that judge by the “cover” in my opinion they are wrong.


My conclusions are that there are two kinds of people, those who judge by knowledge and those who judge by the outer look, “the cover”, and not by knowing. Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music is one example for people’s judgment that caught my attention. People judge things without knowing the idea and the truth behind them and I believe if they knew about those things deeply and more they would have a different opinion.


This project was an exiting experience because I was working, searching and learning about 2 things that I like music and psychology, the way people think and why. I was able to find such a simple solution for my question that I though would be much more complicated to understand and describe.



I used few sources for my project:

- Music history books - Guitar tutorial books - - A movie“Metal Heads”