Top 10 Proto Metal Bands

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metal bands before metal itself was born by the release of black sabbath's eponymous debut.

they must make 2 or more studio albums before black sabbath's debut album's release date to qualify in this list.

The Top Ten

1 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Can't blame the author. history is history. and its hard to find ten items when there isn't really ten items. Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Black Sabbath are my only choice - zxm

2 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

Sorry, but I disagree with the rest of the list. Except Iron Butterfly and Blue Cheer you didn't put bands that could consider as proto-metal. Except the 2 bands what I wrote, the remained 8 bands in your original remix, their music is too blues based to be even close to metal. I'd put some Heavy Psych bands on my remix, which are proto-metal bands. Heavy Psych often called as proto-metal. - somekindofaguy

"Metal" probably could have done everyone a favor by chosen a different key-word for their music classification if they wanted exclusivity. "Heavy metal" was an established distinction. - Billyv

RadOn yes, I've got. This is that, how the internet pages (included google) contains lots of misleading and false informations. For people who are new in the rock/metal history thing always found on the net that the metal was invented by a popular band (see - Beatles Helter Skelter) or Pink Floyd's Nile Song, which are totally foolishness. And the popular bands are billed as the heaviest bands of that era like Led Zeppelin, Cream or Pink Floyd even, but if you'll know about MC5 and Edgar Broughton youll realize that not always the popular bands are the heaviest. And the true about the first metal song is still undecided, but it's again a not popular song, because Andromeda's Return to Sanity is the song which contains the most metal elements before the Blacl Sabbath, but BS's debut is hardly metal, Master of Reality is the most metal '70s BS album. Trust me, heavy music is not always equals with metal or metal related. Many people live in this inaccuracy, I lived in this even some ...more - somekindofaguy

RadOn with pleasure :) Of course you aren't a mindless sheep, I had similar thoughts some months ago than yours, I just extended my music knowledge and I realized lot of internet pages says misleading and false informations about metal and from anything other else. I know "what was the first metal song" is an interesting theme for new rock/metal music listeners, but it's too complex to be understand this to the first reading. - somekindofaguy

Billyv I checked metalmusicarchive right before.
1. This isn't their opinion, their main source about proto-metal is wikipedia which is a very bad source for music history
2. Purple Haze is the first heavy metal hit. WHAT?
This is just a new reason why I can't take serious these sites. - somekindofaguy

3 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.
4 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.
5 Blue Cheer Blue Cheer Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, ...read more.
6 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.
7 Steppenwolf Steppenwolf Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1961 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and drummer Jerry Edmonton.
8 Vanilla Fudge Vanilla Fudge
9 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal ...read more.
10 Grand Funk Railroad Grand Funk Railroad

The Contenders

11 The Jeff Beck Group The Jeff Beck Group The Jeff Beck Group was an English rock band formed in London in January 1967 by former The Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck.
12 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.

No, they were a simple late '60s psychedelic rock band, there is nothing in their music that is closer to metal. - somekindofaguy

I don't know man, while they were definitely rock, they did get pretty heavy - Brobusky

@Brobusky yes, but their music is still too blues based to be mention them as "proto" metal... - somekindofaguy

13 Sir Lord Baltimore Sir Lord Baltimore
14 Stray Stray
15 Andromeda Andromeda
16 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 ...read more.
17 Edgar Broughton Band Edgar Broughton Band
18 The Gun The Gun
19 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
20 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), ...read more.
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