Rock is an umbrella term which categorizes a type of music. Rock music includes strong guitars, melodic basslines and brash drums. Rock music generally follows a 4/4 time signature, though the genre has diversified to mix up the sound. Rock bands typically include a guitarist, a bassist and a drummer, though other instruments have been known to be incorporated.
Originally called "college rock" after being played on college radio stations, Alternative Rock encompasses a broad range of musicians and bands that didn't catch on in mainstream stations. Today, it describes music that is more avant-garde and lesser known in comparison to more popular bands, such as Queen or The Beatles. Many of the genres described bellow fall into the "alt rock" label, such as emo, grunge, goth, and punk to name a few.
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Emotional hardcore, or emo, is a genre that was born from the hardcore movement. Like it's distant cousin, punk, emo is fast, brash and loud. Emo music can be generally described as "sad" or "depressing," with lyrics generally discussing the more upsetting aspects of life, such as loss, heartbreak, peer pressure, etc. in a confrontational way, hence the "emotional" label.
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Gothic rock is a genre derivative of the post-punk movement. Gothic rock is categorized as having "scything" guitars, melodic basslines and sparse drumming. Gothic rock is naturally moody, dark and introspective of concepts such as life, disease, death and the afterlife, though it can be just about anything. Goth is an umbrella term used to label not just gothic rock, but also; deathrock, darkwave, coldwave, minimalwave and etherealwave.
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Born from the blues and psychedelia movements of the time, Metal music formed during the 70s. Metal is easy to define by ear, with its distorted guitars, fast drums and aggressive lyrics. Since it's inception, many subgenres of metal have formed; death metal, doom metal, thrash metal, glam metal, symphonic metal, gothic metal, and nu-metal just to name a few.
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Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid- to late 1960s. Additional elements contributed to its "progressive" label: lyrics were more poetic, technology was harnessed for new sounds, music approached the condition of "art", and the studio, rather than the stage, became the focus of musical activity, which often involved creating music for listening rather than dancing.
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Soft rock is a derivative form of pop rock that originated in the late 1960s in the U.S. region of Southern California and in the United Kingdom. The style smoothed over the edges of singer-songwriter and pop rock, relying on simple, melodic songs with big, lush productions. Soft rock was prevalent on the radio throughout the 1970s and eventually metamorphosed into the synthesized music of adult contemporary in the 1980s.