::Traditional heavy metal


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'Traditional heavy metal, also known as classic metal,<ref name="Ian Christe 2007, p. 91">Christe, Ian. The Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal. Flammarion, 2007, p. 91. ISBN 978-2-08-068797-5.</ref> heavy psych, or simply heavy metal, is the seminal genre of heavy metal music before the genre "evolved and splintered into many different styles and subgenres."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="Michka Assayas 2002, p. 776-777">Assayas, Michka. Dictionnaire du Rock de A à L. Robert Lafond, 2002, pp. 776–7. ISBN 2221912608.</ref>

Traditional heavy metal sections
Intro  Terminology  Musical characteristics  Lyrical themes  Key figures and important bands of the genre  See also  Notes  References  

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