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 Revolution Renaissance
AC/DC Gypsyhawk Rhoads
Aerosmith Hall Aflame Ride The Sky
Airbourne Harmful The Rods
Aktor Hawk Rollins Band
Alcatrazz Heaven Rose Tattoo
Alice Cooper Helloise Royal Hunt
AraPacis High Spirits 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 Last Tribe Stryper
Blue Cheer Led Zeppelin Symfonia
Blue Oyster Cult Life, Sex & Death Talas
Brain Surgeons Loupgarou Taraxacum
Brand New Sin Machines Of Grace Thin Lizzy
Brats Mad Max TKO
Chinawite Madam X TNT
Circle II Circle Madison Torok
Concerto Moon M.A.R.S. T-Ride
Dangerous Toys Masterplan Trust
Darxon Max Havoc Twisted Sister
Deeds Messiah Prophet Tygers Of Pan Tang
Deep Purple Michael Schenker Group Uriah Heep
Demon Montrose 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

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