what's the difference between heavy metal and blues-rock?

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  1. Marble

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    Amount of distortion?
     
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    good question for 1971.
     
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    Blues rock lyrics: My baby left me.

    Heavy Metal lyrics: My baby was kidnapped by a dragon.
     
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    The OP's question answers itself....

    blues rock = blues based (Van Halen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Led Zep, et al)
    heavy metal = not blues based (Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, et al)
     
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    How did you read that into his post?

    O and BTW, metal made it past 1984. It has also evolved quite a bit in those 25 years. You should check it out.
     
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    Math, speed and lyrics.
     
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    Style, scales used, chords used, lyrics, drumming, Amps used, guitars used. Other than that they are identical. It's funny how so many people here think metal is somehow related only what happened 25 years ago. Metal is back, has been back, and is very different than most of you remember. Another great stirring post.......
     
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    :agreeBut that just the vocal aspect. I'm good with a lot of Metal bands, and a lot of the Blues Rock bands too. Just like every genre of music there are always the good and the bad.
     
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    Exactly
     
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    Blues rock is blues-riff based: root - fourth - fifth, with some subtle changes. But heavy metal (1970s, original metal, that is) blows the doors off the blues form and adds in all sorts of chord changes and tempo/rhythm changes. Yes, it has that heavy, bluesy sound, but the MUSIC goes much further.

    One of the great heavy metal songs of all time is "Victim of Changes" by Priest. Yes, it has a I-IV-V progression in it, but is takes that and goes far beyond.

    Please, no "but that's not how heavy metal was in the 80s, 90s, or now" replies. I have no time for it (other than maybe some Tool "Lateralus").
     

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