The 1980s Synthesis and Polystylistic Rock Music
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The research on rock rhythm patterns has lead to the conclusion that the different terms used by journalists for the same rock music style are unnecessary because, owing to musical characteristics such as rhythm, musical forms, types of improvisation and cover versions, the new genres do not always introduce new elements. This particularly applies to black metal, death metal and grind core. However, despite not always having new musical structures, these styles differ from one another by their place of origin, and by the attitudes of the subculture, which are largely being expressed in the lyrics. The issue is also complicated by the fact that particular bands (for example the Cure, and Siouxsie and the Banshees) may, in their development, go through diverse style changes (from punk, neopunk, through to gothic rock and on to alternative rock); or the same projects (such as Peter Gabriel’s and Sting’s) may be termed soft rock, pop rock or adult pop. In addition, terms such as art rock or progressive rock, alternative rock or indie rock, electronic rock or industrial rock are used for an album with pieces composed in the same style.
The 1980s, in particular, seemed to bring only a reappearance of the previous hard rock, art rock (progressive rock), punk rock and heavy metal rhythm patterns. A similar revision had already occurred in the early 1980s with the emergence of new wave and other styles like hard core, speed metal, thrash metal, and alternative rock (which encompasses independent music,...
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