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 Runestaff
Alice Cooper Hologram Sarcofagus
AraPacis I Mother Earth Seduce
Atomic Opera Icri's Witch Sick Speed
Avalanch Keegan Sirens Of Titan
Axxis Keel Skew Siskin
Badlands Killer Dwarfs Skid Row
Battleaxe King's X Skrapp Mettle
Beowulf Kiss Speedealer
Black Label Society Krokus Spread Eagle
Black Obelisk Last Tribe Stampede
Black Star Riders Leadfoot Statetrooper
Blacklace Led Zeppelin Stryper
Blue Cheer Life, Sex & Death Symfonia
Blue Oyster Cult Loupgarou Talas
Brain Surgeons Machines Of Grace Taraxacum
Brand New Sin Mad Max Thin Lizzy
Brats Madam X TKO
Chinawite Madison TNT
Circle II Circle M.A.R.S. Torok
Concerto Moon Masterplan T-Ride
Dangerous Toys Max Havoc Trust
Darxon Messiah Prophet Twisted Sister
Deeds Michael Schenker Group Tygers Of Pan Tang
Deep Purple Montrose Uriah Heep
Demon 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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