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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 'K': 6 bands in database

Kahvas Jute (Australia)Kak (United States)
Killing Floor (United Kingdom)Kingdom Come (United Kingdom)
Krokodil (Switzerland)Paul Kossoff (United Kingdom)
 

Hard Rock artists starting with 'K': 81 artists in database

Aad van der KreeftAlan Kendall
András KovacsicsAndy Kirby
Arno KochAsbjorn Krogtft
Bernd KolbeBrian Kilcourse
Bruce KulickChris Axel Klöber
Dan FryeDave Keeley
David KeithDavid Kemper
David Kerr-ClemensonDavid L. Kealey
Ed KingFelix Krish
Fran KellyFred Kelly
Gearie KenworthyGeorge Kochbek
Graham KennedyHans Joachim Kreutzfeld
Hans-Peter KrohnHarald Kaltenecker
Helge KoskelaJános Kóbor
Jörg-Dieter KraheJames Kottak
Jan KazdaJean-Jacques Kravetz
Jeff KollmannJim Keays
Jim KingJimmy Kunes
Joe KonasJohn Kay
John KeleihorK.J. Knight
Keith St. JohnKim Kesterson
Klaus KohlhaseLarry van Kriedt
Lee KerslakeLemmy Kilmister
Manne KraskiMartin Kent
Martin KnadenMichael Karch
Michael KlüterMichael Koch
Mick KirktonMike Kach
Mike KellieNisar Ahmed Khan
Paul KantnerPaul Kendrick
Paul KossoffPete Knutsen
Peter KaukonenPeter Keys
Ralph Burns KelloggRay Knott
Rebop Kwaku BaahRicky Kirby
Rob KendrickRobert Kearns
Simon KingSimon Kirke
Steve KingStevie Klasson
Tamás KünsztlerThomas Kretzschmer
Timo KaltioTom Keelyside
Tony KayeVincent E. Kusy
Walter "Jimi" KirchgässnerWayne Kramer
Willi Klüter

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