Ever since 1963, when US surf rock legend Dick Dale got Leo Fender to make him a louder amp, the quest for volume has continued. Here at Flying Nun we have labelled that ongoing quest under the blanket term ‘Heavy’. In the ‘60’s, the word "heavy" meant "potent" or "profound" and often alluded to "heavy music", which was typically slower, more amplified variations of standard pop. The first use of "heavy metal" in a song was in Steppenwolf’s "Born to Be Wild", while many consider the San Francisco band Blue Cheer’s 1968 debut album, ‘Vincebus Eruptum’, the first true heavy metal album. The genesis of metal is widely considered to be Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, often referred to as the “unholy trinity”. However, there are arguments about whether these and other early bands truly qualify as "heavy metal" or simply as "hard
During the 70s, Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence, while Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed. Beginning in the late 1970s, bands in the new wave of British heavy metal such as Iron Maiden and Saxon followed in a similar vein. By the end of the decade, heavy metal fans became known as "metalheads" or "headbangers".