Top 10 Similarities Between Hard Rock and Heavy Metal

This comparison is based on the most typical cases in these genres and most obvious tendencies. I know that there are exceptions but I’m not interested in them now.

Currently I am a metal fan but before metal I was into hard rock.

Hard rock bands: AC/DC, Queen, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Scorpions, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Whitesnake, and many more.

I also made a list “Top 10 Differences Between Hard Rock And Heavy Metal”.

Hard Rock and Heavy Metal are different but similar - one of the reasons metal fans usually like hard rock, too.

The Top Ten

1 Use the same basic instruments

Electric guitars, bass, drums and sometimes a keyboard instrument (hence - similar sound). If you don’t know that hard rock is blues based and metal - classical based, you can easily confuse these 2 genres. - Metal_Treasure

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2 Both are louder than classic rock

Aerosmith and AC/DC are certainly louder than The Beatles. Metal is louder, too. - Metal_Treasure

3 Both are heavier than classic rock
4 Both are faster than classic rock
5 Both are more aggressive than classic rock
6 Both genres emerged in parallel in the 1960s-70s

In this regard Deep Purple is a very unique early band - they experimented in both genres. They wrote faster and heavier songs based on classical (metal) and songs based on blues (hard rock). - Metal_Treasure

7 Have the same number of band members V 1 Comment
8 Singers in both genres scream more than singers in classic rock

Screams in metal are part of the artform and singers’ vocal skills. There are even Top Ten lists about the best and longest screams in metal. But Steven Tyler and Robert Plant are hard rock singers who also scream a lot. Ian Gillan of Deep Purple is known for his crafted screams on both metal and hard rock songs. - Metal_Treasure

9 Guitar solos are longer than in classic rock
10 Vocal style is more aggressive than in classic rock

The Contenders

11 Lyrics actually have a meaning

It's pretty nice how much thoughts
are given to the lyrics. Here's a tip:
Just don't listen to the magical music
which is given you also take the booklet
&read the lyrics. They are most of the
time well thought.

From "the visitor"

12 Musicians usually have long hair
13 Some musicians in both genres wear leather clothes

In metal Judas Priest and Manowar are the most typical cases. I don’t think Metallica, Megadeth and Iron Maiden can be associated with that. Currently I listen to metal bands that never wore leather. Probably things in metal changed a lot since the 70s-80s. - Metal_Treasure

Same opinion.
Metallica was more into denim.
Early Slayer into leather.

14 Both are subgenres of rock music
15 Both genres often have a breakdown
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