Thanks to bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, Britain can take credit for creating a completely new way of doing music. The incredible thing is that thanks to these pioneers of music, nowadays Heavy Metal has evolved and has developed a great number of subgenres. Today we present: 5 Metal genres you didn’t know actually exist.
- A cappella Metal – Van Canto
Van Canto is a German band created in 2006 and they define their genre as “Hero Metal a Cappella”. I think we’ll never know what that really means, but what we do know is that they manage to recreate the atmosphere of a classic metal band just with their voices plus one real drum set. While only two of the five singers perform the lead vocals, the other three use their voices to imitate the guitars and the bass, with the help of amplifiers, in an attempt to sound closer to the original instruments.
- Cello Metal – Apocalyptica
The use of classical instruments in metal songs is now very popular, especially in the so-called “Symphonic Metal”, but what if we take out guitars, bass and drums and leave there only four Finnish guys with their cellos? We get Apocalyptica! Thanks to the use of a guitar amplifier they manage to obtain a distorted sound for their cellos and the result is incredible. They became quite popular in the metal world thanks to an album in which they played some of the biggest hits by veterans of Trash Metal Metallica.
- Psychobilly – Volbeat
What if Johnny Cash one day decided to plug his guitar into a distortion pedal? Probably we would have experienced what Danish band Volbeat does today. Inspired by classic rock and roll artists such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, their songs are a blend of Rock and Roll, Heavy Metal and Rockabilly. It’s like being in a parallel universe: Cash meets metal. Give them a listen and start dancing!
- Pirate Metal – Alestorm
Every kid, at some point in his life, wants to be a pirate. Apparently, lead singer Christopher Bowes & co. managed to do so. Inspired by Folk Metal and pirate stories, this Scottish band brings to life something quite unusual. Songs adopt a pirate sea-shanty feel, using a violin and accordion synths in order to convey a pirate feel. The band embellishes the fact that imitating pirates can be a cheery matter, using this factor of amusement to their advantage. Remember, there’s only a way to listen properly to this band…with a bottle of rum and a yo-ho-ho!
- Melodic Death Metal / Metalcore – Amaranthe
It’s probably impossible to find a commonly accepted definition for these Swedish guys’ genre. Do you remember Aqua? Barbie girl? Take it, add some distorted guitars, heavy riffs, some growl and you’ll get Amaranthe. Lead singer Elize Ryd tried to define their music as “Dance-metal with a taste of Death and Modern/Melodic Metal”, however, you won’t get what we are talking about until you listen to them: they are a blast.