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10 Greatest Pre-Metal Metal Songs

Songs of Doom and Destruction in a World Without Black Sabbath.

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In the grand scheme of rock music, heavy metal is still a relatively new genre. When compared to the sounds of Buddy Holly or Chuck Berry starting rock and roll, it wasn't until Black Sabbath came along that the genre had an overarching sound to call its own. At the same time, it's not like heaviness just became a thing overnight.

Ever since the '60s, bands were ready and willing to experiment with just how much you could do with guitars, amps, and a whole lot of youthful rebellion. Across the rock and roll scene, you could find different bands that were pushing the traditional rock structures into places that it had never been before. While most of these were still rooted in the blues tradition of days gone by, there was a slightly demented edge to the music that always stuck out as strange amid the Flower Generation.

Though the years before Sabbath may have been about peace and love, there was a different side to that coin that some rockers were more than willing to expose. From psychedelic rock to protopunk to your average rock and roll, these are the most caustic rockers that would have inspired devil horns a few years earlier.

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