So i was thinking about different kinds of heavy music, and am listening to Godflesh, and figured id put it out there: What aspect of a band or its music do you think of when you think of "heavy music"? I listened to some Necrophagist the other day after hearing their reputation for being heavy, and i just didnt see it, so i thought itd be interesting to hear everyones 2 cents about what heavy is.
I put up a poll with it on 7string.org, but im a tool and i forgot way way too many options, so this time im just gona ask for replies
For me, heavy is a combination of agression in the music (whether through guitar, synth, or any other instrument), a beat with a real groove to it (personally i dont find blast-beats all that heavy) and massively distorted guitars. Think Combichrist, American Head Charge, 16volt...
what about YOU?
To me, "heavy" mainly means "dark". In fact, my band has been trying to make records that are "heavy" without relying on heavily distorted guitars to get the point across. My gain has been steadily getting lower and lower, yet i find our music is getting progressively "heavier". It's about mood, groove and attitude. As i'm sure many will agree, there have been countless lame albums made with big grooves and heavily distorted guitars.