Heavy Metal is certainly one of the most popular music in the world, but also one of the least known.
Metal is a genre of music that developed from Rock in the late 1960s and the early 1970s with famous bands such Black Sabbath or Judas Priest and their success also crossed the Channel and the Atlantic.
Even if Heavy Metal is not popular with the French media, thousands of people enjoy this genre, by going to concerts and in creating bands. Today, the most famous French band is Gojira ( 1996-) who played in festivals with some of the biggest bands like Behemoth, Lamb of God or Trivium and is also know for the very environmentalist tendency of the lyrics ( songs like Toxic Garbage, Global Warming or Flying Whales ).
However the most famous group is the Hard Rock band Trust that started in 1977 and are known for their politically engaged songs like Antisocial.
France is also known for the famous summer rock festival Hellfest, which is held in the Loire Atlantique region during the month of June. This year Slash, Megadeth, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Dropkick Murphys are some of the well-known artists.
Here you will find some other French hard rock bands ( famous or not ).
- Betraying the Martyrs
- Black Bomb A
- Hopeless Faith
- Macabre Cérémonie
- Peste Noire
- Tagada Jones
You can also read this article about French music in general.