If you ever have trouble trying to parse the difference between all of the many different varieties of heavy metal, be sure to check out this week's Pandora Presents. In this 12 minute podcast, you get a hardcore tour of the various shades of metal.

Here's a bit of a genre hierarchy that we've built from analyzing Last.fm tags. tinymetal.png

Cool metal photo by Mithrandir3


link to bigger image?

Posted by na on May 28, 2008 at 10:34 PM EDT #

This is truly and utterly awesome! Metal and a taxonomy tree, what a sweet combination! I just wish the nodes were clickable links to examples of the genre in last.fm, pandora, spotify or a similar service.

Posted by Jesper Särnesjö on May 29, 2008 at 05:34 AM EDT #

Jesper: Indeed we'd love to be able to turn our 'tagsonomies' into browsable interfaces (akin to Ishkur's guide) and hook it up to Spotify (once you guys decide to emerge from beta!)

Posted by Paul on May 29, 2008 at 05:43 AM EDT #

Can you give us some explanation on how you came up with that tree Paul? Some links seem dubious, but I'm sure you have a good explanation for that. I'm sure I was once told how you did it, but I must admit I forgot about it.

Going the way of Ishkur's guide would be awesome. I'm all for that.

Posted by Marc-O on May 29, 2008 at 09:54 AM EDT #

"The way of Ishkur's guide" actually sounds like a Metal song! I'm voting for Battle Metal as the Style.

Posted by Zac on May 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM EDT #

Speaking of Metal Taxonomies, here's a "Metal Genealogy":

which is taken from the documentary (or...Rockumentary?) "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey".

The genealogy includes several examples in each category.

Posted by Sten Anderson on May 29, 2008 at 10:41 AM EDT #

@sten - thanks for the image link - I hadn't seen that before. I've been looking for just such a map.
@marco - explanation coming soon

Posted by Paul on May 29, 2008 at 10:48 AM EDT #

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