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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': 111 artists in database

Achim ReichelAl Roberts
Alan RossAxl Rose
Bernd RösnerBert Ruiter
Bob RichardsBob Rigg
Bobby RondinelliBrian Ruedy
Burghard RauschC. J. Ramone
Captain RizzCathy Richardson
Charly RatzerChuck Ruff
Dale Krantz RossingtonDallas Royal
Dave RayDave Rimmer
Dave RobsonDavid Lee Roth
David RandleDavid Rosenthal
Dee Dee RamoneDerek Rootham
Duane RolandEdward Roth
Elliot Dean RubinsonFabio Del Rio
Fritz RandowGary Rossington
Greg RidleyHermann Rugenstein
Ian RilenIan Ryan
Ian RyanInga Rumpf
Ivor RubinsteinJack Reynolds
James RutledgeJean Roussel
Jerry RichardsJess Roden
Jim RyanJoachim Rietenbach
Joachim RomeisJoey Ramone
John "Screamin JR " RichardsonJohn Richardson
John RussellJohnny Ramone
Keith RelfKevin "Sav" Ryan
Knut RösslerLarry Raspberry
Larry ReinhardtManfred "Manne" Rürup
Marky RamoneMartin Roscoe
Marty RodriguezMax Robert
Mick RalphsMick 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 RheinishRob Ruzga
Robin RileyRobin Robbins
Rocket RichotteRod Roach
Ron RoccoRonnie Romero
Rowan RobertsonRuben van Roon
Sharon ReddSherwin Ross
Steve RobinsonSteve Ross
Steve RossSteve Rye
Terry RaeTerry Rowley
Todd RonningTommy Ramone
Tony RainerVolker Reinhold
Wendell RichardsonWolfgang Reimer
Wolfgang Rieke

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