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Heavy metal

Posted by Ed Stansell on September 22, 2002

I do believe if you ask one of the early heavy metal bands where the term originated they will tell you that it comes from the Steppenwolf recording "Born To Be Wild". In it they say "I like smoke and lightning, heavy metal thunder" a heavy metal guitarist once had his day job working for me. He said that was the origin. I have heard that same thing mentioned on the TV and radio in interviews with heavy metal artist. One of which was the one who named his style heavy metal. They asked him where he got that term. He said that he liked the sound of "heavy metal thunder" and shortened it to describe the sound of his music.

As for the other terms using"heavy metal. it refers to metals such as lead, mercury and the like. What military books refer to heavy artillery or tanks as heavy metal?
ES