Greatest Early Metal Bands (1965-1972)


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21 Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music.

In my opinion, these guys were the first heavy metal band.

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22 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a more.

Formed in Birmingham, England in 1969.
This case is a bit complex - Judas Priest didn't play metal in 1969-1972 and they were unknown back then but now I'd say this is the greatest metal band on this list. - Metal_Treasure

23 The Yardbirds The Yardbirds The Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963 that had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Over Under Sideways Down".
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25 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.
26 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.
27 The Amboy Dukes

Formed in Detroit in 1964. I can't believe Uncle Ted and the boys haven't already been included on this list. As someone who was a youth in the 60's-70's, "Heavy Metal" as it's come to be know had 2 basic components that enraged the parents and adults of my era. Blistering loud guitar solos and loud screaming vocals. Uncle Ted was testing the boundaries of parents, police and eardrums long before others made it a music genre. Those who only know of the Ted Nugent of today truly missed out a guitar master with an energy on stage like no other "Terrible Ted" gets my vote...

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