This riff-based history of metal covers all the bases
A recent Youtube Italian multi-instrumentalist and content creator goes live Andrea “Boma” Boccarusso—the mastermind behind Italy Lock the basement– is a deep dive into everything that moves. It’s called the History of metal, but in truth, Boma pays homage to rock music in all its forms, tracing its roots back to Little Richard and the British bands Invasion. But as the 12-minute video progresses, Boma offers a very astute analysis of hard rock and heavy metal, spending a lot of time explaining each subgenre in a way that fans and rock scholars would appreciate.
The ultra-talented musician peppers the short with an ornate collage of riffs and medleys, frenetic drumbeats and thunderous bass lines – all performed by Boma himself – while very sympathetic text describing each style informs the viewer of the many variations and adaptations of sound and their respective distinctions. It’s especially fun to watch him burst into teasing about Sabbath’s “Lord of This World” and “Black Sabbath” together while discussing the year 1970 in a segment of the movie called “First Signs.”
Elsewhere, while exploring the genesis of thrash metal, ABB riffs on a Metallica-style vamp before launching into a fast, illuminating solo donning an ax much like a Gibson Flying V, which can only be a blink of an eye. look at Hetfield and Hammett. It’s this nuanced blend of style with the background text that’s in no way disarming that makes what is ultimately a tutorial feel ultimately airy, classy, and in no way boring.
Crossing the 90s and 2000s, History of metal tackles some of the most controversial metal and hard rock styles, noting that their nomenclatures – Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, etc. opinion) by bands like Deftones and Korn.
But looking to the future, History of metal ends with an open discussion of “Djent” – an avant-garde style of metal that Boccarusso compares to a branch of progressive metal with hypersonic sound and complexity, and nods to Meshuggah and Animals as Leaders as that ancestors of this sound still emerge. You can check out Andrea “Boma” Boccarusso’s YouTube channel for more exciting guitar videos and check out the History of metal below.
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