Neoclassical Metal

(See also) heavy metal, grunge

Neoclassical MetalNeoclassical metal draws on classical music fused with heavy metal to create darker more challenging compositions which redefined the genre of heavy metal being reincorporated in the movement. Incorporating ideas like classical composition, arpeggios, and counterpoint combining them with dark menacing guitars and nontraditional instruments.

In 1980 Ozzy Osbourne joined with guitarist Randy Rhoads in a band soon to set the heavy metal world on its ear. Rhoads, who was the first to fuse heavy metal and classical musical compositions like the harmonic minor and phrygian scales. In such masterpieces as Crazy Train and darker pieces like Diary of a Madman he brought a technical prowess and dark melodic flair not seen in metal before. He released two albums with Ozzy before his very untimely death in 82 in a tragic plane accident.

Yngwie J. Malmsteen was brought to the USA from Sweden by Shrapnel Records. After playing with bands like Steeler and Alcatraz, Malmsteen struck out on his own making two of his most influential albums Rising Force and Marching Out. His flair for combining classical influences like Paganini and Bach with a heavy metal format along with others like Paul Gilbert, Tony Macalpine and Vinnie Moore also of Shrapnel Records as well as others like Windham Hell.

Despite great success by the early 90s the Seattle grunge movement arose as an alternative to heavy metal and the neoclassical movement was reabsorbed into the heavy metal genre to inspire future generations.

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