What Would A Map Of Metal Look Like?

Thrash hard on this interactive map. OF METAL. But turn down the music until you can safely headbang solo.

How do you map metal? Um, what is the square root of awesome? This flashy (and sadly, Flash-driven) site layers audio, visual and historical information to showcase micro-genres of metal. By superimposing genres onto a Game of Thrones-esque map, with the time axis moving left to right, viewers can see the development of metal in a whole new way. Like, for instance, the peninsula of Goth Metal.

Graphing music is tricky; I did it once for McSweeney’s and it took months to decide what a genre even meant. The navigation on the Metal Map is a bit wonky but it’s an ambitious stab at getting beyond the meaningless infographic.

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