Greatest Early Metal Bands (1965-1972)qaz9999 you think of metal as being 80's and 90's very heavy rock. but it started with the 60's. it is now time to choose one of the best bands started between 1965 and 1972, which were absolouteley metal compared to anything else of the time.
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When in the world were the Who and the Rolling Stones considered metal. This is best by far. Listen to paranoid, iron man, war pigs, N.I. B, changes and evil woman.
Other then deep purple the awesome bands above us aren't metal the first metal band is the best Sabbath
In my opinion the best metal band of all time! Why aren't they higher?
Pretty much INVENTED heavy metal. - PonyV3 Comments
This has to be my favorite band of the time. They influences so many bands and make music that will live forever. Greatest band of all time.
First band to call themselves heavy metal. they also managed to integrate organ music into heavy metal. - qaz9999
In 1965-1972 Deep Purple and Black Sabbath were the only two bands who played something close to current metal.
Deep Purple experimented with faster tempos and operatic vox that can be related to speed metal, power metal, traditional/classic metal and similar subgenres (Highway Star, Hard Lovin' Man, Fireball, SpeedKing). Black Sabbath experimented with slower tempos that can be related to doom metal and some other very dark subgenres.
However, several bands on this list also contributed - Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy, Queen, UFO. - Metal_Treasure
Led Zeppelin changed and formed early rock music. They are simply the best. It's very strange that they are on fifth place.
Well, none of these are proper metal bands, except maybe Black Sabbath. But in the words of Dave Grohl in his Rolling Stone article about Zeppelin, "Metal would not exist without led zeppelin. And if it did, it would suck"
Having been to some of their first concerts, "Lead" Zeppelin and "Iron" Butterfly, were clearly defined as heavy metal and actually were viewed by concert goers in the beginning as "heavy metal,"... Repeat "Lead," "Iron."
They morphed from Blues to metal, along with Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, to be followed by second generation Heavy Metal.
Led wrote better songs. Blackmore's Rainbow was brilliant as well.V3 Comments
Born to be wild mentioned "heavy metal" for the first
Time in music history
The pioneers of canadian rock and metal - qaz9999
A German band formed in 1965.
I can't believe these guys have been around for 50 years and still kick ass
(same for Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep - these bands still put out new albums or/and tour).
But I don'd know if The Scorpions played something related to metal in 1965-1972... - Metal_Treasure
Formed in 1969, they became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal, and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWBHM).
Their song 'Doctor Doctor' was covered by Iron Maiden. - Metal_Treasure
The who... Early influences in the evolution of metal.
Rock, hard rock, power pop - there's NO metal here. Shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_TreasureV1 Comment
An Irish rock-to-metal band formed in Dublin in 1969.
Some of the biggest Thin Lizzy fans are Metallica, Iron Maiden, Vader and Mastodon, to name a few. They all state they were influenced by Thin Lizzy and did many covers.
Some great musicians played for Thin Lizzy - Phil Lynott, Gary Moore, John Sykes, Vivian Campbell, Tommy Aldridge.
Thin Lizzy riffs are killers, some solos and basslines are remarkable, too.
To see how influential Thin Lizzy were towards metal creation, go to a list I just started on the Top Tens:
Top Ten Best Cover Versions of Thin Lizzy Songs - Metal_Treasure
Along with Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, the four bands formed the base of current rock!
A great band - their sound was a fusion of progressive/art rock/heavy metal. David Byron's quasi-operatic vocals added some metal feel, too.
Their debut album 'Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble' (1970) was one of the first albums with the word (H)eavy in the title.
The song Bird of Prey (1971) is a metal song, with metal vocals and screams: awesome vox even from today's metal viewpoint.
Their epic piece Salisbury (1971) is 16:20 min long and sounds to me like early symphonic metal with prog elements.
Uriah Heep is the favorite band of Hansi Kürsch - lead singer of the metal band Blind Guardian, currently one of the best metal bands. They did a cover of 'The Wizard' and I think it's awesome.
Besides, Hansi Kürsch named his second band after a Uriah Heep album - Demons & Wizards. Yeah, he definitely loves Uriah Heep. - Metal_Treasure
They aren't metal and didn't influence metal. Shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure
The first bad boy rockers in a time ruled by mods. - qaz9999
A great band, but they started in 1973. - IronSabbathPriest
Came along late in the game. Decent but no virtuosos.
Formed in 1973 and never been metal. Shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure
Metal rockers to the core. - qaz9999V1 Comment
Alice Cooper should be on top. If you haven't read any of his lyrics, then please do so and I'm sure you will agree with me. He has influenced so many great bands with his music, his stage performances and all that follows this man
Shock rock and not metal. Shouldn't be on this list.
None of the songs listed above is metal; Ballad of Dwight Fry is from 1990, which is far from early metal. Listen carefully to his music - nothing speaks metal.
And now find the song Bird Of Prey by Uriah Heep (1971) to see what I mean - you will get immediately all metal elements. That's why Uriah Heep should be in the top 5, if not top 3, and Alice Cooper removed from the list.
Re Alice Cooper and many other irrelevant musicians here:
You don't have to think that something is metal every time you hear distortion, see black eyeliner/scary make-up, or hear dark lyrics.
Moreover, we shouldn't focus on lyrics very much here - metal is first and foremost a music genre. So focus mainly on the scales used, but also drum beats, vocals, riffs, solos. - Metal_Treasure
There is a lot of Metal in Early Alice Cooper just listen to Black Juju, Ballad of Dwight Fry, Halo of Flies, Dead Babies and, Killer if you don't think so.V1 Comment
The sweet had songs such as Fox On The RUn ( covered by Girlschool),
A.C.D.C. ( Covered by Joan Jett) & Love is Like Oxygen... Not only did they flirt with metal.. Their original Material had elements of heavy metal in them.. Andy Scott is one of the most underrated guitarists ever,in my humble opinion
And you wouldn't think of "NO Time",No sugar tonight & Star Baby ( a be it not one of their best songs...but one of my favorites...) Metal Songs? Clap for the wolfman became a very annoying song after a while... As someone who remembers metal when it was in its infancy.. The guess who is one of the best metal bands ( along with BAchman Turner over drive)! )... That Canada had to offer1
You call 'Clap for the wolfman' a metal song? Please everybody, check out this song - nowhere near metal. - Metal_Treasure
There's NO metal here - they played rock, blues rock, folk rock, psychedelic rock, garage rock, hard rock (none of them speaks metal). - Metal_Treasure
You call 'Clap for the wolfman' a metal song? Please everybody, check out this song - nowhere near metal. - Metal_TreasureV1 Comment
The Stooges were a proto punk rock band,not Proto...or even metal...
Just listen to Iggy Pop try to cough out the lyrics to "I wanna Be your dog"..this would be enough to make you naucious!
"All Right Now"- Paul Rodgers baby. - PonyV1 Comment
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