At the end of the glowing '60s, the rock world as a whole was starting to shift a bit. While originally known as an idealistic wonderland of sound, the psychedelic movements led to things getting a lot harsher, with bands discovering and running with guitar distortion. Things were bound to get heavier, but no one could have anticipated just how heavy.
Unlike hard rock bands like Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith, metal is a genre that moves something different in your gut. You can get a buzz off a great riff, but the sound of metal is so visceral that it feels like an unleashing of every aggressive emotion at once. Though the genre has assumed many forms over its history, every band characterized as metal has exuded that raw attitude that almost makes you take a step back when you hear their music.
Regardless of what stripe of metal the band hails from, each of these artists helped pave the way for something much heavier than the rock world was used to. After these acts clawed their way to the top of the musical food chain, the rock scene was a much tougher beast. The innocent early days of rock now had fangs...
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