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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': 7 bands in database

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

Hard Rock artists starting with 'K': 85 artists in database

Aad van der KreeftAlan Kendall
Alexander KashAndrás Kovacsics
Andy KirbyArno Koch
Asbjorn KrogtftBernd Kolbe
Brian KilcourseBruce Kulick
Chris Axel KlöberDan Frye
Dave KeeleyDavid Keith
David KemperDavid Kerr-Clemenson
David L. KealeyEd King
Felix KrishFran Kelly
Fred KellyGearie Kenworthy
George KochbekGraham Kennedy
Hans Joachim KreutzfeldHans-Peter Krohn
Harald KalteneckerHelge Koskela
János KóborJörg-Dieter Krahe
James KottakJan Kazda
Jean-Jacques KravetzJeff Kollmann
Jim KeaysJim King
Jimmy KunesJoe Konas
John KayJohn Keleihor
K.J. KnightKeith St. John
Kim KestersonKlaus Kohlhase
Larry van KriedtLee Kerslake
Lemmy KilmisterManne Kraski
Mark KennedyMartin Kent
Martin KnadenMichael Karch
Michael KlüterMichael Koch
Mick KirktonMike Kach
Mike KellieNisar Ahmed Khan
Pat KingPaul Kantner
Paul KendrickPaul Kossoff
Pete KnutsenPeter Kaukonen
Peter KeysRalph Burns Kellogg
Ray KnottRebop Kwaku Baah
Ricky KirbyRob Kendrick
Robert KearnsSimon King
Simon KirkeSteve Kinch
Steve KingStevie Klasson
Tamás KünsztlerThomas Kretzschmer
Timo KaltioTom Keelyside
Tony KayeVincent E. Kusy
Walter "Jimi" KirchgässnerWayne Kramer
Willi Klüter

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