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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 'L': 7 bands in database

Leaf Hound (United Kingdom)Liar (United Kingdom)
Lone Star (United Kingdom)Los Tres Gusanos (United States)
Lucifer's Friend (Germany)Lynard Skynard (United States)
Lynyrd Skynyrd (United States)

Hard Rock artists starting with 'L': 105 artists in database

Adrian AskewAlex Ligertwood
Andrew LatimerAndy Fairweather Low
Andy LockeBarry Lytten
Bill LaswellBill Lincoln
Bill LubbersBob Lehnert
Bob LeneseChris Leighton
Chris LockheedChristopher Lloyd
Conny LarssonCosimo Lampis
Dan LoweDarren Lyons
Dave LawsonDavid Land
David LauserDavid Lewark
David LewisDeke Leonard
Denny LaineDick Lee-Smith
Dixie LeeEddie Leach
Erik LundgrenFrank Ludwig
Gary LinkGeordie Leach
Gert LangeGilson Lavis
Glen LetschGlenn Letsch
Gordy LeggatGunnar Lindqvist
Guy LeBlancHoward Leese
Hughie LeggatHuw Lloyd-Langton
Ivan LauritzenJózsef Laux
Jake E. LeeJake Landt
James LitherlandJames Llewellyn
Jaz LochrieJeff Lowe
Jim LevertonJohn Lawton
John LundvigJon Lord
Jorge LiechtensteinKarl-Hermann Lüer
Ken LyonsKenneth Larsson
Knud LindhardKurt "Zappo" Lüngen
Lacu LahtinenLapis
Larry LeishmanLasse Laursen
Leo LeDucLeo Lehr
Leon LawsonLinda Lawley
Linde LindstromLobby Loyde
Max LässerMichele Luppi
Mickey LlewelyNick Lauritzen
Norbert LehmannNorbert Leifert
Norman LombardoOlaf Lietzau
Péter LángPeter Laffy
Peter LemerPhil Lanzon
Phil LenoirPhil Lynott
Pierre van der LindenRay Lesch
Rick LoberRob De Luca
Robin LewisRonnie Lane
Sebastian LeitnerSimon Lambeth
Steve LightfootT Lavitz
Thijs van LeerTiger Lyons
Tim LindseyTimpa Laine
Tom LillyTony Lake
Tony LesterTony Lunt
Tweke LewisUdo Lindenberg
Zabba Lindner

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