Map of Metal Displays Interactive History of All Things Metal

Ever wondered where Melodic Power Metal came from or which bands actually play that kind of metal? How about the origins of Crossover Thrash, Grindcore or Speed Metal?

Graphic designer Patrick Galbraith and metal historian Nick Grant's Map of Metal has all of that covered. The interactive map plots out just how there came to be numerous sub-genres of Heavy Metal complete with plenty of song examples. The artists featured range from Black Sabbath, Queen, Slayer, Lamb of God and Cannibal Corpse. As well, the map shows how different genres of music not usually associated with metal -- Punk Rock, Grunge and Post Rock -- have ties to the genre. 

The Map of Metal follows a progression through the decades, dating back to the 1970s and continuing to the present day. It also shows the different countries involved in the making of metal -- England, Sweden, Japan and the United States. While some genres of metal often sound ridiculous to the point of being made-up (ahem, Blackened crust), the Map of Metal more than proves that those genres are, in fact, real -- hell, it even offers some song examples to further prove their point.

Check out the Map of Metal to bone up on your metal studies or enjoy the slick presentation as an entertaining history of the cultural behemoth that is heavy metal.

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This has to be one of the better examples of a "music Map" to date. While it could use a bit more work (Better movement, full view of the map, quicker bouncing to related genres) the author(s) give a great representation of all genres, and even the playlist allows anyone interesting in one type of metal to follow on to the next paths of discovery.

I for one am also pleased with how some subjects where handled with respect to their times, even if weird to most people (Visual Kei), or subjectively unpopular (Nu-metal, "Un-black" Metal).


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