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Don't boot me for this one - lol

I would say it's this site that got me started on all these genres when looking up bands.

So just seeing how everyone labels things.

For me: 

Ballsy Rock 'N' Roll - ACDC, Jackyl, Kix, Dirty Looks
Sleaze Glam - Poison, Nitro, Roxx Gang
Glam - Hanio Rocks, Alice Cooper
AOR - John Waite, Bryan Adams
Melodic Hard Rock - Bon Jovi, Nelson, White Lion
Hard Rock Glam (if I were to use this one) - Motley Crue, Ratt
Hard Rock - Guns N Roses, Tesla, Dokken, Winger, Bonfire, Gotthard, Fair Warning
Blues Hard Rock - Cinderella, Tangier, Whitesnake
Melodic Metal - Axel Rudi Pell, Queensryche, Scorpions
Heavy Metal - Metallica, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden
Power Metal - Avantasia, Freedom Call



 

 

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I tend to split is all a lot less

Hard Rock covers 80% of it
Pub Rock - heavier Jackyl, ACDC  type stuff
Glam Rock - Early Poison, Electrik, Bai Bang, etc
AOR - songs heavy with synth and poppy keyboards
Progressive - Dream Theatre, Watchtower etc

Then you've got your 'metal' genres - death, speed etc etc which I really don't listen to.

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Yea forgot about Progressive which I don't have much of.

You could split metal into more things like NWOBHM, Thrash, Industria etc. But I don't have as many metal bands.

I kinda made up Ballsy Rock 'N' Roll since that is how many of them are described.

Will have to look more into Pub Rock, First time I heard of that.

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I call pub rock a band you'd see at a sleazy bar, biker show, etc. Bands who sing songs about beer, pussy and cars etc with few if any ballads.

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I've always kept it simple. Three main general categories. AOR, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Of course,  there are a myriad of sub genres in each category but as a general rule of thumb for myself, those are the three main categories that I distill everything down to.

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Yeah, Maiden and Judas Priest etc used to be heavy metal,now their hard rock

(and they play Bon Jovi and Def Leppard on golden oldies radio stations)

These days heavy metal qualifies as more thrash, hardcore, speed, death, screamo, etc for me

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27 minutes ago, CureTheSane said:

Yeah, Maiden and Judas Priest etc used to be heavy metal,now their hard rock

(and they play Bon Jovi and Def Leppard on golden oldies radio stations)

These days heavy metal qualifies as more thrash, hardcore, speed, death, screamo, etc for me

Spot on mate. Any talk of genres is purely relative. I think it's very much a personal reference  thing. 

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Maiden & Priest were just a couple of obvious references. Nothing to do with nationality

The point is, when Maiden & Priest & Metallica & Anthrax & Megadeth & etc came out they were all classed as heavy metal.
They no longer are.

Before them Zepplin, & Deep Purple & Black Sabbath were all heavy metal when they came out.
They aren't any more.

If you wanna talk England, then I guess what was NWOBHM is now NWOBHR :)

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12 hours ago, CureTheSane said:

Yeah, Maiden and Judas Priest etc used to be heavy metal,now their hard rock

(and they play Bon Jovi and Def Leppard on golden oldies radio stations)

These days heavy metal qualifies as more thrash, hardcore, speed, death, screamo, etc for me

Kind of doesn't matter about "these days"  to me when talking about the good old days.  Maiden/Priest/DIO is Heavy metal to me. Jovi/Leppard/Crue is Hard Rock, Journey,Survivor is AOR.

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2 hours ago, The Rocker said:

Kind of doesn't matter about "these days"  to me when talking about the good old days.  Maiden/Priest/DIO is Heavy metal to me. Jovi/Leppard/Crue is Hard Rock, Journey,Survivor is AOR.

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If I am trying to describe a band to someone, I might use the odd genre or other band comparison, but otherwise it does not matter whether its Heart or Lawnmower Deth, its all rock n metal to me.

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10 hours ago, The Rocker said:

Kind of doesn't matter about "these days"  to me when talking about the good old days.  Maiden/Priest/DIO is Heavy metal to me. Jovi/Leppard/Crue is Hard Rock, Journey,Survivor is AOR.

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I used to get caught up in trying to classify all my music - but these days I find it easier to not bother.  There's too much overlap between genres.

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I use a two-category system:

1. Stuff that sucks

2. Stuff that doesn't suck

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