Long gone are the times where we split everything up between Hard Rock and its younger sibling Heavy Metal. Being a metalhead really meant you went to a Heavy Metal concert getting some straightforward stuff – like Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Krokus, Metallica – you know them all.
People have this inbred and somewhat insane need to give a new name to every friggin’ undercurrent of the #metal universe they come across. This annoying temptation to put everything into little boxes is called Divide Et Impera (divide and conquer) or in other words: If you can’t convince them, confuse them. And much ink has already been spilled to explain all this stuff in elaborate detail to folks – even books written. Forsooth!
So, I have given in to the temptation to go down the thorny route of Metal Silo Management, but will try to be a bit more concise and not too wordy in the description below. After all this is about providing a reference, but don’t quote me on that later. [...]