Heavy music explained — now with fewer words!

If I had to describe what makes music heavy in the briefest possible way, I would say it’s gotta have aggressiveness without too much emotion, and raw abrasiveness and power without posturing or hyperflexing. There’s a little more to it on the technical side, but the concepts I mentioned get you 85% of the way there.

When I think of emotionless aggression, sincere abrasiveness, and effortless power, I think of a great white shark as it attacks. That’s why the Deftones video for “My Own Summer” might be the greatest music video ever made for a heavy rock song.

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