The beginnings of heavy metal and rock and the instruments accustomed to make it can arguably be traced returning to the early days of the electric guitar and the work produced by inventors and innovators like George Beauchamp (inventor in the first electric guitar), Adolph Rickenbacker, Paul Barth, and Les Paul. Without their job and the work and also the contributions of countless others guitars which you plugged in would not be a real possibility and, indeed, if metal was ever created it could have taken on a different form. – Scarface Scarface Beat 2016
Starting in early 70s and continuing on today metal has taken shape being a musical art form played plugged in a very loud. The fundamental instruments used are the guitar, bass, vocals and drums. A number of variations of the guitar can be found from a basic acoustic guitar to seven or eight string guitars and even very large Warr guitars which could have as many as fifteen strings. Bass guitars used range from 3 to 6 strings and drum sets from a single drum to very large and complex kits such as the one played by Mark Temperato including over 500 pieces. As a result of nature of rock, it’s tuning, speed, and increased exposure of rhythm, most drums employed by drummers will include a double bass.
As metal progressed the musicians responsible for shaping it began to experiment with different sounds. Early use of keyboards used in metal can be traced back to even some of the most early practitioners who’d used this electric piano-type instrument to sound like a myriad of other instruments from the piano to a full orchestra. Other early experimentation with instruments used to make metal add the band AC/DC’s decision to incorporate bagpipes in their song It’s really a Long Way to the Top (In the event you Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll). It may be the very first of which an unusual instrument being utilized in heavy metal and was the decision of band member Bon Scott who played as a child.
From that point on the community of musicians and fans became more open to different, “experimental” instruments of their music which eventually gave way to a style that revolutionized and forever changed “accepted” instruments in metal-black metal. Particularly, second-wave, Norwegian black metal. Using its roots in thrash metal and traditional Norwegian folk music, black metal musicians began experimenting with everything from acoustic guitars to tin whistles, harps, traditional drums, the hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, and merely about any folk instrument you could imagine. The new-found freedom within black metal helped other, more confined varieties of heavy metal to branch out as well and help other instruments.
Since the early 1990s the instruments who have come to take part in making heavy metal and rock, while many are formed around basics of basic guitars, bass, and drums are becoming almost innumerable. It isn’t unusual anymore to listen for a band tinkering with the sound of choirs, full orchestras, Sumerian sounds, the sitar, and also banjos to complement their music. – Scarface Scarface Beat 2016