Who Named Heavy Metal?

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Try 2 months of Skillshare for free! http://skl.sh/12tone6 Heavy Metal is one of the most important musical styles of the 20th century, redefining what it meant to be heavy and powerful for generations to come, but before it split off into the hundreds of subgenres we know today, it was a budding movement in the late 60s and early 70s, and someone came along and gave it that name. It's a great name, perfectly capturing the essence of the genre, but where did it come from, who came up with it, and perhaps most importantly, why? Check out Patrick's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYbkB6NG83E Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/12tonevideos Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/bCTDaj Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/12tonevideos Twitter: https://twitter.com/12tonevideos Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/12tonevideos/ Email: 12tonevideos@gmail.com Last: https://youtu.be/tmKwDnkmfck Hapshash: https://youtu.be/__-gbITR92E Sir Lord Baltimore: https://youtu.be/MOeOC16Jm9g Electric Flag: https://youtu.be/Tq3NwCHm-4U Humble Pie: https://youtu.be/sdXjm8pZMws SOURCES: Professor Weinstein's article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19401159.2013.846655 http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2008/03/proto-metal-report-sir-lord-baltimore.html http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/heavy-metal.html https://www.thoughtco.com/definition-of-heavy-metal-605190 https://e360.yale.edu/features/a_call_for_tougher_standards_on_mercury_levels_in_fish Script: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UiVt94bWF3NqZpR52dPt2DMWxE0W9f_APG3Qno4AyCU/edit?usp=sharing Huge thanks to our Elephant of the Month Club members: Susan Jones Jill Jones Ron Jones Howard Levine Kaylor Hodges Gabi Ghita Elaine Pratt Ken Arnold Brian Etheredge Gene Lushtak Khristofor Saraga William (Bill) Boston Duck Nicolas Mendoza Wolf Bennett RAD Donato Anton Smyk Mitchell Fund Dale Monks Len Lanphar Paul Ward Soham Panda Benjamin DeLillo Chris Prentice Jack Carlson Susan Lingenfelter Budjarn Lambeth Branden Randall Dov Zazkis Jesse Russo James Treacy Bagshaw Christopher Lucas Hendrik Payer Andrew Beals Thomas Morley Jacob Helwig Duncan Dempsey Jeff Cairns And thanks as well to Henry Reich, Eugene Bulkin, Logan Jones, Abram Thiessen, Anna Work, Oliver, Jc Bq, Adam Neely, Dialup Salesman, nico, Justin Donnell, Michael Fieseler, Rick Lees, Ben LaRose, rhandhom1, Harold Gonzales, SD, StarsServant, Dave Mayer, Thomás, Marc Himmelberger, Chris Borland, Davis Sprague, jason black, Justin Bronstein, Justin Aungst, David Roulston, Nick Olman, Dutreuilh Olivier, Daniel Gilchrist, Paul Quine, Anamol Pundle, billy roberts, Elliot Burke, Alex Atanasyan, Amlor, Greg Borenstein, Tim S., David Tocknell, Elias Simon, Jerry D. Brown, CodenaCrow, Nikolay Semyonov, blalo'u, Lauren Steely, Fabian, Revolution Harmony, Arnas, Paul Apicella, Sarah Spath, Skylar J Eckdahl, Kristian Bredenbeck, Josiah R. Hazel, Ohad Lutzky, Bate Goiko, Jon White, Eivind Vatshaug, Kurtis Commanda, James A. Thornton, Jacob Friend, Benjamin Cooper, Kevin, Joe Galetti, Aa Markus, Caroline Simpson, John Bejarano, David Barker, drunkwookiee64, Brian Dinger, Pawel Sit, Michael Alan Dorman, Adam Wurstmann, Dave Wray, Kelsey Freese, Shadow Kat, Adam Kent, Nathan Petchell, Blake Boyd, Calvin Blitman, Jan Macek, Magnus Guldbrandsen, Trevor, Michael McCormick, Stefan Strohmaier, Lilith Dawn, David Baker, Jonathan Beck, Dmitry Jemerov, Jason Foster, Ian Seymour, Charles Gaskell, Brett Haines, christian madsen, Luke Rihn, Rob Holton, Lee Rennie, Richard T. Anderson, Thomas Schryver, Angela Flierman, Matthis Knopf, Peter Wells, Kevin Hellon, Zion Suppasan, Dan Lizotte, Nervilis, Seth Keller, Mark Feaver, Tyler Lukasiewicz, Kevin Johnson, Brian McCue, Stephan Broek, Richard Walker, Wú QióngYuǎn, Elliot Jay O'Neill, George Gleeson, David Christensen, Elliot Winkler, Payden Nissen, Tom Evans, Marcøs, Brandon Lanning, Ryan Nicholls, ml cohen, Sylvain Chevalier, Yuriy Honcharuk, Darzzr, Roger Grosse, David Hardin, Rodrigo Roman, Francois LaPlante, Jeremy Zolner, Matthew Fox, Paper Coelacanth, Britt Ratliff, Patrick James Morley, Koen Hoogendoorn, Tae Wook Kim, Eddie O'Rourke, Ryan, Jon Bauman, Drew Mazurek, Jacob Luedecke, Vincent Sanders, John July, Antônio Guilherme Ferreira Viggiano, Victor L., Tommaso Ghidetti, Volker Wegert, Linus Abrahamson, Paul Koester, Danny, Matthew Kallend, Patrick Callier, JH, Joshua Gleitze, Ben Zotto, Fred Phillips, Emilio Assteves, Moises Vieira Nunes, Alex Keeny, Jeffery Aaron Lowery, Alexey Fedotov, Nicholas Lim, Patrick Pyne, Charles Hill, Harry Hume, Greg von Teig, Joshua La Macchia, John Paul Welsh, Lisa Lyons, and DSM! Your support helps make 12tone even better! Also, thanks to Jareth Arnold and Jade Tan-Holmes for proofreading the script to make sure this all makes sense hopefully!


Substance D : I feel trapped between a hard rock and a heavy metal, and it's getting really grungy in here.

Mister Apple : I like that Adam Neely-style anti-clickbait thumbnail. Also, that censor is great.

Name Explain : Who's that sexy voiced Englishman in the video?

GamerGod91 : Thrash Downer Rock. Death Downer Rock. New Wave of British Downer Rock.

TheRidingDutchman : I always just assumed heavy metal just was a play on the fact that (heavy) metal was "harder" as (hard) rock.

yomega69 : I like to think that this is how he takes notes... just terms and doodles of elephants, gourds, butterflies, light bulbs, and various shapes.

Domen Bremec : rock - hard rock - metal - heavy metal That would be my guess... But will see

Alex Larking : I always thought metal was a play on rock

Epicentera : You may be thrilled to know that my 5yr old LOVES metal music, but he calls it "Ya-Ya music" (which makes sense, they do grunt-shout YAAAAAAH quite a lot...) This was very interesting!

Silver Kyrie : You should do more videos on metal. It's such a beautiful and fascinating genre and subculture/collection of subcultures. I loved this video and your one on Blast Beats

Kiro : the censorship at 3:43 with the chord was brilliant

lee gosling : So here’s a flippant one...Back in the day a lad at our school kept going on about how he was going to play lead guitar... but always mispronounced it at lead (Pb rhymes with Led)... Led Zep 4 had just come out and he was totally convinced that Lead guitar was named after a heavy metal 😁

Alex Purkis : Obviously the gods... of heavy metal! For more information on these gods, read some Manowar lyrics.

Cuzican Aerospace : It's interesting how, once all these disparate bands had started to embrace "heavy metal" as a general description of their music, it became a sort of focal point, not just for the cultural backlash against the genre, but for rallying more bands and fans *to* the genre. Before, it was a trend. Now, it's a cause.

dcpunk4 : Behemoth.... White Zombie..... A man after my own heart. Great and informative video as always!

Phelan Cusack : Downerrica

Tim Cruise : Brutal

Josh Fletcher : Listen Iron Butterfly's Debut Album "Heavy"

Investing Book Summaries : Love heavy metal so much!

Michael Wade : \m,,m/ Too much metal for one hand!

WhyCan'tIRemainAnonymous?! : What about the name *Led* Zeppelin? Led is a heavy metal (one of the heaviest in nature, actually). It could have contributed to the name catching, if nothing else. Also, as an aside, that won't be the first case of a pejorative reference sticking as the name of a genre, school of though, etc. Case in point, "Jazz" was originally a slang term for a penis, used to deride the new genre.

JhohnLenoOfficial : Thanks for mentioning Hapshash and the Coloured Coat! They’re pretty unknown

Mister Hatman : I can't believe this colab!!! I've been subscribed to both of you for a good long while now !

BaconBitz : Can you do something on Us and Them by Pink Floyd?

ϟerpent de ϟoufre : The tale I heard about the first person calling heavy metal heavy metal was in a article in a magazine where the writer was talking about Tommi from black sabbath. Because his finger got crushed by a piece of heavy metal in the factory so he needed to find a solution for being able to play guitar. He got a "new finger" (idk the term in english) but he still couldn't play guitar because he couldn't press the strings down so he tuned his guitar lower. This in combination with the obscure riffs and themes "heavy metal" was born with black sabbat - black sabbath. Thats what I heard idk if its true or not. I don't even know the name of the writer, I forgot lol EDIT: I really loved your video btw :)

Matthew D Gilpin : I always thought it was called metal because metal was like... Rock... but... More. Yeah, I'll be honest, this video makes a lot more sense than that.

notoriouswhitemoth : So it started as a derogatory term critics used for 'angry white boy music'? Makes sense.

The Piers : I’ve always thought the term “heavy metal” or “metal” came from the fact Black Sabbath, who practically invented the “metal” genre and it earned that name for the fact they worked in the factories in Birmingham and around that area, working with metal and the type of music links in with the loud factory banging. What do people think about my point?

S Toy : (watches video, thinks about content...) ....so it came from Steppenwolf's Born to be Wild...

Michael Berry : I was taught that Heavy Metal Poison was anything that was atomically heavier (more protons) than the element IRON (Fe). (Gold, Silver, Mercury, Radium, etc...)

Matt does things : Downer rock is freakin' *B* *R* *U* *T* *A* *L*

Freezepond : I always imagined it was rock, but harder. Because of that, I occasionally would refer to soft rock as "sand."

Scrapheaper : As a chemist I say heavy metals are any metals that aren't alkali metals or alkaline earth metals. That said, even metal is kind of arbitrary, there are a few elements that are kinda like metals but also not like metals, like silicon

Ken MacMillan : I gave this the 666th like, the most metal thumbs up ever.

Roland Ramirez : Steppen Wolf?

AXPena : OMG Behemoth video soon?????????

Denni Wintyr : Geezer Butler said he first encountered it in a review of one of Black Sabbath's early albums, where it was described as sounding "like heavy metal falling from the sky"

Bill Ashton : Nice, two of my favorite YouTube Channels: 12 Tone and Patrick from Name Explain doing a collab. Great vid and subject!

Lelouch Vi Britannia : I always thought it came from the rock genre, since metal is "heavier" than rock. That plus the Beatles song "I love you (she's so heavy)"

RMoribayashi : Never realized Todd Rundgren's "Heavy Metal Kids" from his 1974 album Todd was a nod to Burrows. Makes a lot more sense now. Go on and poison all the water, use up all the air Blow your stupid heads off, see if I could care Put me down but don't blame me for what you did 'Cause inside everyone is a heavy metal kid

Sobi the Robot : I was always under the impression that Heavy Metal was an extension of the Rock genre, being heavier and harder.

Vintagegamer : The most commonly agreed upon grouping of what elements count as heavy metals is Nickel ,Cadmium,Cesium,Mercury,and Lead

Neuro Transmissions : 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘

jordan marks : I'm glad you explore the metals on a music theory channel! One of us, one of us!

8 Bit Nation : As a kid, I always thought it came from “Rock.” I used naïve child logic and went “Oh, metal is just a harder rock”. Which, I mean... is kinda true... in a way... In science I mean. Definitely true in music.

Joe Butler : You should do an understanding video on a skynyrd song like sweet home alabama or Freebird, love your videos!

Ахмет Хакимов : Steve mariott not only made robert plant sounds, but made a first band(humble pie) , that was called heavy Metal, well that is really cool))

zannall : I was taught by my history of heavy metal that metal on metal could of been coining the turn heavy metal

Joe Doherty : I always thought it was "harder than rock" hence metal.