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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 'R': 17 bands in database

Keith Relf (United Kingdom)Mick Ralphs (United Kingdom)
Paul Rodgers (United Kingdom)Rabbit (Australia)
Racing Cars (United Kingdom)Rainbow (United Kingdom)
Ram Jam (United States)Ramones (United States)
Randy, Pie & Family (Germany)Rattles (Germany)
Raven (United States)Rhinoceros (United States)
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (United Kingdom)Rose Tattoo (Australia)
Ross (United Kingdom)Rough Diamond (United Kingdom)
Roundabout (United Kingdom)

Hard Rock artists starting with 'R': 118 artists in database

Achim ReichelAl Roberts
Alan RossAxl Rose
Bernd RösnerBert Ruiter
Billy RylandsBob Richards
Bob RiggBobby Rondinelli
Brian RuedyBurghard Rausch
C. J. RamoneCaptain Rizz
Cathy RichardsonCharly Ratzer
Chuck RuffDale Krantz Rossington
Dallas RoyalDave Ray
Dave RimmerDave Robson
David Lee RothDavid Randle
David RosenthalDee Dee Ramone
Derek RoothamDuane Roland
Edward RothElliot Dean Rubinson
Fabio Del RioFritz Randow
Gary RossingtonGreg Ridley
Hermann RugensteinIan Rilen
Ian RyanIan Ryan
Inga RumpfIvor Rubinstein
Jack ReynoldsJames Rutledge
Jean RousselJeff Rosenberg
Jerry RichardsJess Roden
Jim RyanJoachim Rietenbach
Joachim RomeisJoey Ramone
John "Screamin JR " RichardsonJohn Richardson
John RobinsonJohn Russell
Johnny RamoneKeith Relf
Kevin "Sav" RyanKnut Rössler
Larry RaspberryLarry Reinhardt
Manfred "Manne" RürupMarky Ramone
Martin RoscoeMarty Rodriguez
Max RobertMick Ralphs
Mick RogersMick Ronson
Mike RoadPaul Raymond
Paul ReynoldsPaul Rodgers
Paul RosserPaul Rudolph
Peter ReilichPeter Roberts
Phil RuddPhil Ryan
Randall WallerRandy Reader
Randy ReederRandy Rhoads
Randy RiceRandy Russ
RazzleReck
Rene RobrahnRichard Roseburgh
Richie RamoneRick Randle
Rick RankinRick Rheinish
Rob RuzgaRobin Riley
Robin RobbinsRocket Richotte
Rod RoachRon Rocco
Ronnie RomeroRowan Robertson
Ruben van RoonSam Righi
Sharon ReddSherwin Ross
Steve RobinsonSteve Ross
Steve RossSteve Rye
Terry RaeTerry Rowley
Todd RonningTommy Ramone
Tony RainerTrevor Rabin
Volker ReinholdWendell Richardson
Wolfgang ReimerWolfgang Rieke
 

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