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Where did the term "heavy metal," used...

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Where did the term “heavy metal,” used in relation to music, come from?
Heavy metal was once used exclusively by the military to indicate something that was heavily fortified by tanks and guns. In 1968, a journalist for Cream magazine used this expression to describe a performance of the band MC5 from Detroit. Soon the same magazine was using the term for many other bands of that era, and it caught on in the broader community.