Today I bring a brief discussion the genre of "Traditional" heavy metal. The artist I will feature as best representative is Ronnie James Dio. Traditional Heavy Metal is basically heavy metal. The tag, "traditional" is placed to differentiate from what the clasic sound has splintered and evolved into.
Typically, the sound is full of a heavy rhythm section, aggressive guitar and melodic elements. Trad metal singers will either have bluesier voices or pseudo operatic vocals. The lyrical themes vary though most tend to be fantasy based, highlighting mythical beats, fantastic warriors and sorcerers.
"[Playing in Dio] never mattered to me — and still doesn’t… He’s an incredible talent, but he’s an awful businessman and way more importantly, one of the vilest people in the industry."
Scorpions - I love this band and I got to see them in 2010 and they were just as awesome as ever!
Manowar - I really don't like them but I sure do enjoy laughing at them
Krokus - They're hit or miss but still representative.
W.A.S.P. - Love them. I shouldn't but I do.
Most of the NWOBHM bands are also grouped into the Trad Metal but NWOBHM deserves its own discussion. Luckily, that will happen next!
Thanks for joining me today. Remember, we are all Rock n' Roll Children!