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

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