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If I want to distinguish between a musician's songs that are overall slower, softer and/or more sentimental, what would I call these songs? I am specifically focusing on heavier music such as rock or even metal where the musicians would generally do more intense music but decide to either do an entire song completely like this, or even start this way and then pick up into their normal style halfway or towards the end. I have heard the terms "ballad" and "power ballad" but I'm not sure if these apply to heavier genres of music as well, since as far as I've heard at least, a rock/metal ballad sounds different to a pop or classical ballad.

Two examples which are close to what I mean, while still sounding within their respective genres.

Metal song Example:

Rock song Example:

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  • As mentioned above, this exists cross genre and is therefore not looking to identify a genre at all. Rather it is looking at a particular term that covers the character or style used like the example term "ballad" I suggested.
    – FrontEnd
    Mar 4 at 3:34
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    You mentioned, “ a rock/metal ballad sounds different to a pop or classical ballad” but every other type of rock and metal song also sounds different than a pop or classical piece, I vote for “ballad”. Mar 4 at 4:17
  • Happy if that's the answer, I just wasn't 100% sure
    – FrontEnd
    Mar 4 at 4:42
  • "Son can you play me a memory?" I'm not really sure how it goes But it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete When I wore a younger man's clothes Mar 4 at 15:52
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The proper term seems to be "power ballad".

I'm not sure if these apply to heavier genres of music as well, since as far as I've heard at least, a rock/metal ballad sounds different to a pop or classical ballad.

This surely applies to heavier genre IMO. Here are some examples (though I'm not sure they look heavy enough for you):

Of course what qualifies as a ballad and what qualifies as heavy is a matter of taste and opinion.

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    Or "Aria" in opera, at least some of the time. Mar 4 at 15:52
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    I don't know classical music but I admit my answer is very centered on OP's question, i.e. "on heavier genres of music (...) rock/metal ballad sounds". More generally, apart from classic music, we would say "ballad".
    – xhienne
    Mar 4 at 17:17
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As @xhienne noted, Ballad is the correct generic term for a slow, sentimental song with vocals, regardless of the genre. You then modify it with whatever genre it would otherwise be in, thus: Classical ballad, hard-rock ballad, heavy-metal ballad, folk ballad, soul ballad, R&B ballad, etc. Those terms are all well-understood, searchable, and in general use.

It's an interesting musical paradox that some of the heaviest genres have produced some of the sweetest ballads.

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