Metal is the most diverse genre when it comes to music, although it is not designed to be liked by a mass audience but still it has the most listeners across the world and metal bands have the most loyal fans. Metal defines itself by exclusion which can makes it relate to any good subculture and this is exactly why metal is not just looked at as a mere genre but is worshiped and taken up by fans as a culture. Metal is the complete opposite of all genres, instead of short and predictably structured songs, metal songs are long, complex, and unpredictable making them more relate-able to how life is. The fact that metal defies most of the conventional aspects that make music pleasant yet it is the most admired genre testifies to its supremacy itself.
Black Sabbath, The Pioneers of Metal Genre:
Metal never calcified, it never stopped moving forward, it has been constantly evolving. But, where did it all start? Well, Black Sabbath is the source, the core, the mother lode, the pioneer when it comes to metal. With the release of its first album, Black Sabbath did the unthinkable. In an era where freedom and peace crusaders ruled, they thrived on doom and gave birth to what would be known as metal.
Black Sabbath's influence on heavy metal is well known and widely acknowledged. Black Sabbath paved the way for numerous other bands to become heavier and more sinister with their music. There are young people who posit that Black Sabbath sounds old fashioned, who debate that heavier bands have since played faster, slower and louder. But, that’s just because they didn’t experience an eponymous Black Sabbath album coming out on Friday the 13th of February 1970 and didn’t get to feel how scary it genuinely was. People left rooms when they heard the rain, the church bells, and the ultimate riff. Considering everything that has come since, nothing has been this heavy, produced in a world so utterly unprepared.
Iron Maiden, The Spectacle of Metal Genre:
85 million records sold across the globe by 2010, numerous hit singles across the decades, ground-breaking world tours and song writing that has few equals. Iron Maiden is right there on pinnacle, if not the pinnacle itself, in heavy metal universe. They symbolize everything that is metal yet they are one of the most melodic bands across all genres. Listen to their compositions and you will feel the hair on the back of your neck standing.
What else? Well, everybody admits the fact that Iron Maiden are the best live band on this planet. The energy, props and performances everything is just amazing. If you have watched them live in action then you would never forget the vocalist who seems possessed screaming at the top of his voice, the bassist who makes your heart beat in the same galloping fashion as his bass-lines and the guitarists playing speedy powerful riffs at the same time melodious. And who can forget Eddie? There is no better renowned mascot in the history of music then Eddie.
But Which One Is the Greatest Metal Band of All Time?
When it comes to the number of records sold Iron Maiden has an edge over Black Sabbath. But, when you think that Black Sabbath is the band that created the mold they can be considered unrivaled. And then there is longevity which both bands have had, there are so many artists have had great impact on metal culture but only few could rival these two bands when it comes to longevity and staying relevant for as long as they have. All metal heads love a good argument and well, life would be boring if we all held the same beliefs and opinions. Let’s see which one of these two legendary bands all of you reading out there back to be the greatest of all time and how you convince the fellow metal heads of why either Iron Maiden or Black Sabbath is the greatest in comments.