Hard Rock vs. Heavy Metal
While there are differences between hard rock and heavy metal, the two genres are easily interchangeable. In general, metal has a more vigorous, robust sound, whereas hard rock draws from earlier techniques used in blues music.
When it comes to vocals, heavy metal frontmen usually sing in a way that sounds more like yelling than it does singing. Metal is sometimes associated with aggressive behavior and a machismo mentality. Hard rock vocalists also have a vigorous sound but tend to be less hostile in their delivery.
Hard Rock Legends
During the 1970s, hard rock bands like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Black Sabbath, and Van Halen set the precedent for how hard rock music would be defined. These household names found success that peaked in the ’70s and inspired a slightly different sound that emerged in the 1980s. Bands like Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses hit the rock music scene with softer sounds that were categorically more fit for the pop-rock label.
Hard rock artists started to see a decline in popularity near the latter half of the 1980s and 1990s. While genres like R&B, hip hop, and pop rock were at the forefront of the music scene, hard rock took a backseat. There were a few sub-genres, however, that were relatively popular during this time. Punk, grunge and alternative rock all kept rock music alive on the sidelines.
The Re-Emergence of Hard Rock
After the unintentional hiatus that hard rock bands took, a revival of sorts happened in the 2000s. Bands like the White Stripes and the Strokes burst onto the scene with garage rock, post-grunge sound that elicited interest in hard rock and metal again.
Most hard rock bands that are still successful today are the ones that got their start decades ago. There hasn’t been a group in recent years that’s made an impression quite like those from the early years. Many iconic hard rock and metal bands like Metallica, Kiss, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, and Red Hot Chili Peppers have kept a steady fan base that has allowed them to continue making music.
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