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 Granmax Revolution Renaissance
AC/DC Guns'n'Roses Rhoads
Aerosmith Gypsyhawk Ride The Sky
Airbourne Hall Aflame The Rods
Alcatrazz Harmful Rollins Band
Alice Cooper Hawk Rose Tattoo
AraPacis Heaven Royal Hunt
Atomic Opera Helloise Runestaff
Avalanch Hologram Sarcofagus
Axxis I Mother Earth Sick Speed
Badlands Icri's Witch Skew Siskin
Battleaxe Keegan Skid Row
Beowulf Keel Skrapp Mettle
Black Label Society Killer Dwarfs Spread Eagle
Black Obelisk King's X Stampede
Black Star Riders Kiss Statetrooper
Blacklace Krokus Stryper
Blue Cheer Led Zeppelin Symfonia
Blue Oyster Cult Life, Sex & Death 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
Deep Purple Michael Schenker Group Uriah Heep
Dokken Montrose Vanadium
Doro Mountain Vandenberg
Edwin Dare Mox Nix Vanderhoof
Eric Steel Narita Van Halen
Erotic Liquid Culture Narnia Vertex
Exises Neurotica Viking Skull
EZO Ted Nugent Viva
Faith And Fire Odin Voodoo Circle
Fastway Phantom Blue Warhorse
Fifth Angel Pink Cream 69 Warrior
Fisc Priestess Warrior Soul
Fist Princess Pang W.A.S.P.
Freak Kitchen Q5 Wet Animal
Gatlin Quiet Riot Whitesnake
Gillan Rail Wolfmother
Girl Rainbow X Factor X
Glory Bells Rata Blanca Y&T

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