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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 starting with 'D': 5 bands in database

Deep Purple (United Kingdom)Detective (United States)
Dog Soldier (United Kingdom)Dragonfly (United States)
Drosselbart (Germany)

Hard Rock artists starting with 'D': 91 artists in database

Alan DaveyAndy Dalby
Aynsley DunbarBarry Davis
Bob DaisleyBob Dolin
Clive DeamerDannie Davidson
Dave DepravedDave Ditchburn
Dave DonatoDave Dowle
Debbie DavisDel Dettmar
Dennis DunawayEric Davis
Eric DillonFerenc Debreczeni
Frank DostalGary Driscoll
Geoff DownesGeorge Defty
George DoggetteGlen Dove
Graham DaviesGreg Douglas
Greg DouglassGreg Douglass
Gregg DechertIoannis Despotidis
Jürgen "Dohse" DoseJack Duncan
Jan DuméeJay Davis
Jem DavisJesse Ed Davis
Jim DiamondJim Donlinger
Jinx DawsonJoanna Deacon
Joey DambraJoey Dunlevy
John D'ArcyJohn Drake
Johnny DeppJoseph Damrell
Kenny DaughtersKenny Driscoll
Kim DawsonKlaus Danner
Kurt "Düde" DürstLarry Davis
Larry DennisonLee Dorman
Les DudekLouis Dambra
Margaret DornMartin Dresden
Michael DavisMichael Devin
Mick DycheMike Deacon
Mr DibsNikos Dounavis
Paul DeMarcoPete Dunton
Peter DingemansPeter Van Dijk
Rainer DegnerRalph Denyer
Rick DurrettRitchie Dharma
Rod De'AthRoger Delfos
Ronnie James DioRoy Dyke
Ruriá DupratRusty Day
Simon DaviesStan Decker
Stan DekkerSteve Drewett
Ted DemosTimmy Dulaine
Timothy DruryTiziano Davi
Tony DayUriah Duffy
Warren DeMartiniWillie Dee
Willy Daffern

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