I’m not trying to start an argument, I’m trying to use my acquired knowledge to educate. It seems that lots of people have trouble differing between punk and metal music.
The really quick difference in a chronological sense is that The Ramones started punk in NYC in 1976. Whereas the Sex Pistols started the UK punk scene very soon after (literally like a month)
Metal is a tricky one to pin point. Lots of people call Black Sabbath the first Metal band and they started in 1969.
I, personally consider Judas Priest to be the originals. They started in 1970 to my knowledge.
If you listen to the four bands listed above you can easily spot differences. The Punk bands are more concerned with speed, and aggression than actual skill or technicality. Punk is almost always about having a point or humour. Whereas metal is epic and is usually metaphorical or satanic.
If the song is fast, loud, and political then it is most likely punk. If the song has big guitar solos, an epic singer , and is about a dragon, then its deffinently Metal.
Skip forward to now.
I personally am into the ultra pure versions of each genre. When you break down the genres, this is what you end up with:
Punk - Rebellion, anger, loud, aggressive, sloppy, chaotic, short songs, to the point, un-pretentious, political, self-aware
Metal - Epic, loud, satanic, brütal, guitar solos, awesome drumming, double kicking, aggressive, can be pretentious, often lengthy songs
Both styles of music have many distinguishable sub-genres, the most important ones are listed below in a short list:
Punk: Crust, Skacore, Hardcore, Crossover Thrash, D-beat, Psychobilly, Street Punk, Anarcho, Melodic Hardcore
Metal: Death, Black, Doom, Power, Metalcore, Thrash, Sludge, Symphonic, Heavy, Melodic Death
To show the diversity of each genre I’m including these two songs:
If anybody wants to include awesome punk and metal songs, I welcome them.
I really want to educate people who are interested. I by no means am saying that I’m an expert, but if anyone has a question I’ll try my best to answer. ;D