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RockBoar.com Picture     The introduction of guitar distortion during the mid 60s created a common ground for blues-influenced rock and psychedelia. The result was an aggressive riff-oriented rock sound.  The wider tonalities offered by distortion and fuzz tone, coupled with the larger, more aggressive role of drums and bass, helped bring about hard rock. The Yardbirds set the stage perfectly for the development of this sound, with their experimental sounds and increasingly unconventional arrangements. The Who also laid the groundwork with their anarchic approach to rhythm and their thick choral guitar voicings. Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, and Deep Purple expanded on thevform.  Over the years, artists like Van Halen, AC/DC, Tesla, and Guns’N’Roses have carried on the spirit of hard rock/heavy metal.1]

    As hard rock became denser and more aggressive-sounding, fans, began grouping for a way to describe the new attitudes. The designation heavy metal  emerged, originating from William Burrough’sNaked Lunch” and later used in Steppenwolf’s biker anthem “Born to be Wild”. Black Sabbath, with their stripped-down half-speed themes of gloom and doom, laid the groundwork for metal as a stage for the exploration of theme concerning evil.1]


1. "All Music Guide. The Best CD's, Albums & Tapes. The Expert's guide to the best releases from thousands of artists in all types of Music". Edited by Michael Erlewine, Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra.  Publisher: Miller Freeman Books, ISBN 0-87930-331-X. p. 10

Hard Rock bands: 297 bands in database

.38 Special (United States)14" (Sweden)
3/3 (Japan)4 Levels of Existence (Greece)
5° Grado Mercalli (Italy)8 Days in April (Germany)
A Foot in Coldwater (Canada)Abacus (Germany)
AC/DC (Australia)Adrian Gurvitz (United Kingdom)
Agape (United States)Ainigma (Germany)
Alamo (United States)Alexis (United States)
Alice Cooper (United States)Alice Cooper (band) (United States)
Amboy Dukes (United States)American Amboy Dukes (United States)
Ancient Greace (United Kingdom)Andromeda (United Kingdom)
Andwella (United Kingdom)Andwella's Dream (United Kingdom)
Andy Fraser (United Kingdom)Armageddon (United Kingdom)
Ash (Australia)Asterix (Germany)
Attila (United States)Aunt Mary (Norwey)
Axis (United States)Babe Ruth (United Kingdom)
Back Street Crawler (United States)Bad Co (United Kingdom)
Bad Company (United Kingdom)Baker Gurvitz Army (United Kingdom)
Band of Talabene (Australia)Bandit (United Kingdom)
Bandy Legs (United Kingdom)Battered Ornaments (United Kingdom)
Bauer, Garn & Dyke (Germany)Beast (United Kingdom)
Beck, Bogert & Appice (United Kingdom)Bedlam (United Kingdom)
Bel Ami (Germany)Big Bertha (United Kingdom)
Big Wheel (Netrherlands)Billion Dollar Babies (United States)
Black Cat Bones (United Kingdom)Black Sabbath (United Kingdom)
Black Seep (United States)Black Sheep (United States)
Black Widow (United Kingdom)Blackmore's Rainbow (United Kingdom)
Blonde on Blonde (United Kingdom)Bloodrock (United States)
Bloontz (United States)Bloontz All Star Blues Band (United States)
Blue Cheer (United States)Blue Planet (Netrherlands)
Boss (Australia)Boz (United Kingdom)
Boz People (United Kingdom)Brain Police (United States)
Bulldogg (Germany)Bullfrog (Germany)
Bum (United Kingdom)Buster Brown (Australia)
Cactus (United States)Camel (United Kingdom)
Captain Beyond (United States)Cardiac Kidz (United States)
Carlos Santana (United States)Charge (United Kingdom)
Chickenfoot (United States)Chook (Australia)
Circle (United States)Colosseum II (United Kingdom)
Coloured Balls (Australia)Contraband (Australia)
Coven (United States)Coverdale · Page (United Kingdom)
Cozy Powell (United Kingdom)Cozy Powell's Hammer (United Kingdom)
Crawler (United Kingdom)Cream (United Kingdom)
Crossbreeze (Norwey)Crowd + 1 (United States)
Curly Curve (Germany)Czar (United Kingdom)
David Coverdale (United Kingdom)David Coverdale's Whitesnake (United Kingdom)
Deep Purple (United Kingdom)Detective (United States)
Dio (United States)Dog Soldier (United Kingdom)
Dragonfly (United States)Drosselbart (Germany)
Electric Food (Germany)Elf (United States)
Elves (United States)Epitaph (Germany)
Eric Burdon (United Kingdom)Eric Burdon Band (United Kingdom)
EZ-Street (United States)Faces (United Kingdom)
Fair Weather (United Kingdom)Family (United Kingdom)
Fast Buck (United Kingdom)Finch (Australia)
Firm (United Kingdom)Flake (Australia)
Flint (United States)Focus (Netrherlands)
Foreigner (United States)Free (United Kingdom)
Freeway (Australia)Fresh Cream (United Kingdom)
Friction (Japan)Frost (United States)
Fuzzy Duck (United Kingdom)G-Force (United States)
Galaxy (United States)Gamma (United States)
Gary Moore's G-Force (United States)Geoff Whitehorn (United Kingdom)
Geordie (United Kingdom)George Hatcher Band (United Kingdom)
Gillan (United Kingdom)Gillan & Glover (United Kingdom)
Ginger Baker (United Kingdom)Ginger Baker And His Baker Gurvitz Army (United Kingdom)
Ginger Baker's Airforce (United Kingdom)Gipsy Love (Austria)
Glenn Hughes (United Kingdom)Graeme Edge Band (United Kingdom)
Grail (United Kingdom)Grand Funk Railroad (United States)
Groundhogs (United Kingdom)Gulliver (United States)
Gun (United Kingdom)Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve (United States)
Hammersmith (Canada)Hanoi Rocks (Finland)
Hawkwind (United Kingdom)Head Machine (United Kingdom)
Hocus Pocus (United Kingdom)Hollywood Vampires (United States)
Horse (United Kingdom)HSAS (United States)
Humble Pie (United Kingdom)Hustler (United Kingdom)
Τα 4 Επίπεδα Της Ύπαρξης (Greece)Ian Gillan (United Kingdom)
Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi (United Kingdom)Ian Gillan Band (United Kingdom)
Indian Summer (United Kingdom)Iron Maiden (United Kingdom)
Ironhorse (Canada)Jeff Beck (United Kingdom)
Jeff Beck Group (United Kingdom)Jefferson Starship (United States)
Jeronimo (Germany)John "Rabbit" Bundrick (United States)
John Kay & Steppenwolf (United States)Kahvas Jute (Australia)
Kak (United States)Keith Relf (United Kingdom)
Killing Floor (United Kingdom)Kingdom Come (United Kingdom)
Krokodil (Switzerland)Leaf Hound (United Kingdom)
Leigh Stephens (United States)Liar (United Kingdom)
Lobby Loyde & The Coloured Balls (Australia)Lone Star (United Kingdom)
Los Tres Gusanos (United States)Lucifer's Friend (Germany)
Lynard Skynard (United States)Lynyrd Skynyrd (United States)
Mama Lion (United States)Man (United Kingdom)
Manband (United Kingdom)Manpower (United Kingdom)
Marcus Hook Roll Band (United Kingdom)Masters Apprentices (Australia)
May Blitz (United Kingdom)MC/5 (United States)
MC5 (United States)MC5 - DKT (United States)
Mecca (Australia)Method (United Kingdom)
Mick Ralphs (United Kingdom)Mint Tattoo (United States)
Mistress (United States)Molly Hatchet (United States)
Montrose (United States)Motor City Five (United States)
Mott the Hoople (United Kingdom)Naturals (United States)
Night Sun (Germany)O Terço (Brazil)
Odyssey (United States)Old Man And The Sea (Denmark)
Omega (Hungary)Orion's Beethoven (Argentinia)
Otis Waygood Blues Band (Rhodesia (Zimbabwe))Ozzy Osbourne (United Kingdom)
Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Oz (United Kingdom)Painter (Canada)
Panta Rei (Sweden)Panther (Germany)
Patto (United Kingdom)Paul Kossoff (United Kingdom)
Paul Rodgers (United Kingdom)Pentagon (Germany)
Planet Us (United States)Playmates (Sweden)
Plum Nelly (United States)Popol Ace (Norwey)
Private Eye (Canada)Propeller (Germany)
Pussy (United Kingdom)Quartz (United Kingdom)
Rabbit (Australia)Racing Cars (United Kingdom)
Rainbow (United Kingdom)Ram Jam (United States)
Ramones (United States)Randy Holden (United States)
Randy, Pie & Family (Germany)Rattles (Germany)
Raven (United States)Rhinoceros (United States)
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (United Kingdom)Ronnie Montrose (United States)
Rose Tattoo (Australia)Ross (United Kingdom)
Rough Diamond (United Kingdom)Roundabout (United Kingdom)
Sameti (Germany)Sammy (United Kingdom)
Sammy Hagar (United States)Sammy Hagar & The Waboritas (United States)
Sanbun no san (Japan)Shacklock (United Kingdom)
Shagrat (United Kingdom)Shakey Legs (United States)
Shand Grenade (United Kingdom)Silver Metre (United States)
Sir Lord Baltimore (United States)Skid Row (Ireland)
Sphinx Tush (Germany)Spice (United Kingdom)
St. Paradise (United States)St. Valentine's Day Massacre (United Kingdom)
Steppenwolf (United States)Steve Peregrine Took 's Shagrat (United Kingdom)
Strawberry Dust (United Kingdom)Stray Dog (United States)
Streetwalkers (United Kingdom)Suck (South Africa (RSA))
Suzi Quatro (United States)Sweeney Todd (Canada)
Tea Time Four (United Kingdom)Tear Gas (United Kingdom)
Tempest (United Kingdom)Thirty Eight Special (United States)
Three Man Army (United Kingdom)Thundermother (United Kingdom)
Toad (Switzerland)Toe Fat (United Kingdom)
Trapeze (United Kingdom)Trigger (United States)
Tucky Buzzard (United Kingdom)Twenty Sixty Six and Then (Germany)
UFO (United Kingdom)Uriah Heep (United Kingdom)
Ursa Major (United States)Van Halen (United States)
Virginia Wolf (United Kingdom)Virus (Germany)
Warhorse (United Kingdom)Web (United Kingdom)
Weed (Germany)Whitesnake (United Kingdom)
WhoCares (United Kingdom)Widowmaker (United Kingdom)
Wild Turkey (United Kingdom)Willy & The Philtones (Australia)
Writing on the Wall (United Kingdom)Xarhanga (Portugal)
XIT (United States)Yellow (Finland)
Yesterday's Children (United States)Zarathustra (Germany)
Zior (United Kingdom)Zoot (Australia)
ZZ Top (United States)

Hard Rock artists1866 artists in database


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