History of 80s Metal
NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal)
While the fathers of metal music were 70s bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple, metal music really took off in the 80s. It started at the beginning of the decade with British bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Diamond Head, Girlschool, Motörhead, and Saxon. These bands left the bluesy sounds of the 70s metal scene behind and developed a much harder sound and image. The fast guitar solos and power chords as well as the long hair, leather outfits, spandex, and denim jackets of these early metal bands defined the look of 80s metal for the rest of the decade.