About this Blog

The History of Metal (T.H.O.M.) is a large scale visual art project detailing the origins, growth, and breadth of heavy metal music. I will attempt to identify every heavy metal band that ever existed, identify different subgenres within metal and their relationships to one another, and create a collection of artworks that represents metal’s place in history, the world, and in popular culture.

I’ve been a fan of heavy metal music since I was a teenager, but until now I haven’t taken the time to delve into the history and genealogy of this unique music genre. I took on this project largely to educate myself and others about heavy metal, as well as to bring attention to what I consider to be one of the most complex and enduring facets of musical culture.

When I originally came up with the idea for T.H.O.M., it was to be a single drawing – a giant timeline that contained every heavy metal band from the 1970’s to present day, organized by subgenre. It has since evolved and expanded to include several “peripheral” pieces that investigate heavy metal’s cultural presence.

This blog is a way for me to communicate with people on the progess of the project as well as to solicit opinions and feedback. I’ll also talk about random metal-themed topics as they arise.

For a more in-depth look at The History of Metal, visit the project website.

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