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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': 14 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)WhoCares (United Kingdom)
Widowmaker (United Kingdom)Wild Turkey (United Kingdom)
Willy & The Philtones (Australia)Writing on the Wall (United Kingdom)
 

Hard Rock artists starting with 'W': 117 artists in database

Achim WielertAdam Wakeman
Alan WarranAlan White
Andy WardArt Wood
Axel WellhoenerBernd Weber
Bill WardBill White
Bill WilliamsBlue Weaver
Bob WatkinsBridget Wishart
Bruce WatsonCary Wihma
Charlie WhitneyChas West
Chris RainbowChris Williams
Chris WilsonChris Wood
Chris WyseChuck Wright
Cliff WilliamsColin Williams
Colin WoodDanny Weis
Dave WalkerDave Wellbelove
Dave WhittakerDave Wilkinson
David WeberDennis Wilson
Dick WagnerDick Walker
Doogie WhiteDoug Wimbish
Eckart VoggenreiterFrank Wilson
Garth Watt-RoyGavin Webb
Geoff WhitehornGeoff Workman
Glenn WheatleyGraham Headley Williams
Graham Hedley WilliamsGrahame White
Greg T. WalkerHans Wallbaum
Hartmut "Hacky" WerkHoward Warden
Ian WhitemanJürgen Wimpelberg
Jah WobbleJere Whiting
John "Pugwash" WeathersJohn "Watto" Watson
John Earl WalkerJohn L. Watson
John WeiderJohn Wetton
John WillemsJohn Woods
Ken WhaleyKen Woodley
Kit WatkinsKlaus Walz
Klaus WernerLarry Wallis
Lennie WrightLeon Wilkeson
Lutz WalzbergMária Wittek
Michael WilkMick Waller
Mick WareMike Warness
Mojo WeideliNarada Michael Walden
Paul WhaleyPaul Wheeler
Paul WilliamsPete "Overend" Watts
Pete WayPete Wright
Peter WassenaarPeter Wells
Peter WhitemanPeter Wolf
Peter WolfPhil Weiss
Ray WilliamsReese Wynans
Reggie WrightReuben White
Rick WakemanRick Wills
Rick WorsnopRiff West
Robert James WildingRobert Wimmer
Ron WoodScott Warren
Simon WrightSteve Webb
Steve WelchSteve Winwood
Steve WrenTerry Williams
Terry WilsonTim Wheatley
Tomo WihmaWarren Ward
Warwick WilkesWG "Snuffy" Walden
Zakk Wylde

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