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

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