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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 'W': 16 bands in database

David Coverdale's Whitesnake (United Kingdom)Dio (United States)
Geoff Whitehorn (United Kingdom)Sammy Hagar & The Waboritas (United States)
Virginia Wolf (United Kingdom)Warhorse (United Kingdom)
Web (United Kingdom)Weed (Germany)
Whitesnake (United Kingdom)Who (United Kingdom)
WhoCares (United Kingdom)Widowmaker (United Kingdom)
Wild Cherries (Australia)Wild Turkey (United Kingdom)
Willy & The Philtones (Australia)Writing on the Wall (United Kingdom)
 

Hard Rock artists starting with 'W': 134 artists in database

Achim WielertAdam Wakeman
Alan WarranAlan White
Andy WardArt Wood
Axel WellhoenerBernd Weber
Bill WardBill White
Bill WilliamsBlue Weaver
Bob WatkinsBrian Wilson
Bridget WishartBruce Watson
Cary WihmaCharlie Whitney
Chas WestChris Rainbow
Chris WilliamsChris Williams
Chris WilsonChris Wood
Chris WyseChuck Wright
Cliff WilliamsColin Williams
Colin WoodDanny Weis
Danny WhittenDave Walker
Dave WellbeloveDave Whittaker
Dave WilkinsonDave Winthrop
David WeberDavid Wilkinson
Dennis WilsonDick Wagner
Dick WalkerDoogie White
Doug WimbishEckart Voggenreiter
Frank WilsonFred Webb
Garth Watt-RoyGavin Webb
Geoff WhitehornGeoff Workman
George WhitsellGlenn Wheatley
Graham Headley WilliamsGraham Hedley Williams
Grahame WhiteGreg T. Walker
Hans WallbaumHartmut "Hacky" Werk
Howard WardenIan Whiteman
Ian WinteJürgen Wimpelberg
Jah WobbleJames Morgan
Jere WhitingJoe Vizzone
John "Pugwash" WeathersJohn "Watto" Watson
John Earl WalkerJohn L. Watson
John WatchmanJohn Weider
John WettonJohn Willems
John WilliamsJohn Woods
Joseph WilliamsKen Whaley
Ken WoodleyKit Watkins
Klaus WalzKlaus Werner
Larry WallisLennie Wright
Leon WilkesonLindsay Wells
Lutz WalzbergMária Wittek
Michael WilkMick Waller
Mick WareMike Warness
Mojo WeideliNarada Michael Walden
Paul WhaleyPaul Wheeler
Paul WilliamsPaul Wylde
Pete "Overend" WattsPete Way
Pete WrightPeter Wassenaar
Peter WellsPeter Whiteman
Peter WolfPeter Wolf
Phil WeissRay Williams
Reese WynansReggie Wright
Reuben WhiteRick Wakeman
Rick WillsRick Worsnop
Riff WestRobert James Wilding
Robert WimmerRon Wood
Scott WarrenSimon Wright
Stan WebbSteve Waller
Steve WebbSteve Welch
Steve WinwoodSteve Wren
Terry WilliamsTerry Wilson
Tim WheatleyTomo Wihma
Warren WardWarwick Wilkes
WG "Snuffy" WaldenZakk Wylde
 

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