Hard Rock

In reality, the difference between "hard rock" and "heavy metal" is a fine line, and widely open to debate and interpretation. To these ears, hard rock really seems to be the more radio-friendly version, while heavy metal opts for a more sinister, darker sound. Practically every band in the so-called glam or hair genre probably slots in hard rock, and many debate about whether such bands are really metallic or not (the number of glam bands on this site gives a clue as to this author's opinion). Nonetheless, there were and are many bands not in the glam arena that are best described as hard rock, and many of them have sufficient crossover appeal to belong on a metal site.

220 Volt Hall Aflame Ride The Sky
AC/DC Harmful The Rods
Aerosmith Hawk Rollins Band
Airbourne Heaven Rose Tattoo
Aktor Helloise Royal Hunt
Alcatrazz High Spirits Royal Thunder
Alice Cooper Hologram Runestaff
AraPacis I Mother Earth Sarcofagus
Atomic Opera Icri's Witch Seduce
Avalanch Jess And The Ancient Ones Sick Speed
Axxis Keegan Sirens Of Titan
Badlands Keel Skew Siskin
Battleaxe Killer Dwarfs Skid Row
Beowulf King's X Skrapp Mettle
Black Label Society Kiss Speedealer
Black Obelisk Krokus Spread Eagle
Black Star Riders Last Tribe Stampede
Blacklace Leadfoot Statetrooper
Blue Cheer Led Zeppelin Stryper
Blue Oyster Cult Life, Sex & Death Symfonia
Brain Surgeons Loupgarou Talas
Brand New Sin Machines Of Grace Taraxacum
Brats Mad Max Thin Lizzy
Chinawite Madam X TKO
Circle II Circle Madison TNT
Concerto Moon M.A.R.S. Torok
Dangerous Toys Masterplan T-Ride
Darxon Max Havoc Trust
Deeds Messiah Prophet Twisted Sister
Deep Purple Michael Schenker Group Tygers Of Pan Tang
Demon Montrose Uriah Heep
The Devil's Blood Motor Sister Vanadium
Dokken Mountain Vandenberg
Doro Mox Nix Vanderhoof
Edwin Dare Narita Van Halen
Eric Steel Narnia Velvet Viper
Erotic Liquid Culture Neurotica Vertex
Exises Ted Nugent Victory
EZO Odin Viking Skull
Faith And Fire Ogre Viva
Fastway Phantom Blue Voodoo Circle
Fifth Angel Pink Cream 69 Warhorse
Fisc Pride & Glory Warrior
Fist Priestess Warrior Soul
Freak Kitchen Princess Pang W.A.S.P.
Gatlin Q5 Wet Animal
Gillan Quiet Riot Whitesnake
Girl Rail Wolfmother
Glory Bells Rainbow X Factor X
Granmax Rata Blanca Y&T
Guns'n'Roses Revolution Renaissance  
Gypsyhawk Rhoads  

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