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Yuli Ban
Nov 22, 2016

Nadsat Brat. Possible friends with Electric Wizard.

"Heavy rock" as a term has been around since the mid-'60s and was once used interchangeably with "heavy metal" and "hard rock", especially when people wanted to distance themselves from the 'heavy metal' label. However, as its own term, it never really went anywhere until just very recently with the massive surge in popularity of stoner rock/metal. See that thread.
In recent days, I've been seeing more and more attaching themselves to the "heavy rock" label to differentiate themselves from these other genres. I'm not the biggest fan of labels, but I'm not so pretentious as to think they don't serve a purpose or that humans are magically capable of not labeling themselves/others.

Sonically, "heavy rock" can be easily confused with hard rock, heavy metal, stoner rock, grunge rock, and a few other styles precisely because there's so much overlap. However, there's one band that acts as a maypole for the whole style:


Perhaps you're starting to see why stoner rock fans in particular started calling themselves heavy rockers. But the thing about heavy rock is that it's not obsessed solely with Master of Reality or the slower, doomy aspects of the early Sabbath sound. It's really more or less hard rock with a larger focus on riffs and a quasi-metallic sound. For example: Soundgarden and Wolfmother can easily be considered heavy rock, but Three Days Grace and Chevelle have nothing to do with the style. They're a completely different subgenre of hard rock.

It's yet to really 'catch on', but there's even a visual style coupled with it. Going as far back as the late '70s, heavy rockers were identified by shaggy hair and denim and occasionally leather. Heavy metal (especially glam metal) ran with that, and thrash metal tried staying true to the roots. Grunge rock started as a throwback to late '60s/early '70s garage rock filtered through punk rock. They said "gently caress spandex and hairspray, we're wearing cheap denim and shagging our hair." So the "look" revived with them until the alt-rock style started really taking off. Plenty of the early '90s alt-rock bands were very much heavy rock, however. Even the likes of Rage Against The Machine for their debut.

I'm guessing that the reason why heavy rockers love long, shaggy hair and a lot of denim is because it invokes the days before hard rock and heavy metal sold big. When you're just a few kids playing in bars and your garage, you slap on whatever's in your closet. And rock music was known for long hair back in the '60s and '70s (for reasons I still don't fully understand), so it can also be a throwback to when rock music was at its "purest" form. No one's really using the style either, so heavy rockers are going with it.


Here's what I mean by "heavy rock". You can definitely see the overlap, and a lot of bands have played with the style.

Brats - B-Brains
Soundgarden - Superunknown
Orange Goblin - Alcofuel
Alice in Chains - Died
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Orchid - Mountains of Steel
Wolfmother - 10000 Feet
Iron Claw - Skullcrusher
Buffalo - Sunrise (Coming My Way)
Nebula - So It Goes
Iron Man - I Have Returned
Pentagram - Much Too Young To Know
Witchfinder General - Friends of Hell
Iron Maiden - Phantom of the Opera
Judas Priest - Dissident Aggressor
Queen - Dead On Time
Rage Against The Machine - Know Your Enemy
Thin Lizzy - Holy War
The Machine - Pyro
Heavy Eyes - Iron Giants
Radio Moscow - Summer of 1942
Deep Jimi & The Zep Creams - Whales and Snow


I know Graveyard and Radio Moscow are keeping it up, and I've got a lot of love for Royal Blood. But I'm still scouting out for more.

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Yuli Ban
Nov 22, 2016

Nadsat Brat. Possible friends with Electric Wizard.

More examples:

Soundgarden - Rusty Cage

Blue Cheer - I'm Gonna Get You

Sweet Savage - Killing Time

Blue Öyster Cult - Godzilla

Soundgarden - Gun

Iron Claw - Claustrophobia

Yuli Ban fucked around with this message at Jun 3, 2017 around 19:09

A human heart
Oct 10, 2012



this is all just hard rock or early heavy metal

Yuli Ban
Nov 22, 2016

Nadsat Brat. Possible friends with Electric Wizard.

A human heart posted:

this is all just hard rock or early heavy metal

I pointed that out already, though.

It's hard rock, but the term "hard rock" goes fast and loose these days and can describe a wide variety of styles.
This is hard rock. So is this. As is this..

But only the third can be considered "heavy rock" if we're going by the modern usage of the word.

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008



ah yeah good ol HEAVY ROCK

The Muppets On PCP
Nov 12, 2016



i like my rock like i like my women, heavy and completely divorced from blues-based musical traditions

Yuli Ban
Nov 22, 2016

Nadsat Brat. Possible friends with Electric Wizard.

Remember early Tool?

Tool - Cold and Ugly

When I rediscovered Tool seven years ago back in 2010, it was through this track.

El Miguel
Oct 30, 2003


Yuli Ban posted:

Remember early Tool?

Tool - Cold and Ugly

When I rediscovered Tool seven years ago back in 2010, it was through this track.

poo poo that makes me feel old: I had this on cassette.

Rageaholic Monkey
May 31, 2005

Honestly, though,
you have played the game for a long time.

Don't you have anything else to do with your time?


Heavy Rock(s) owns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-tUXR_ekBA

Yuli Ban
Nov 22, 2016

Nadsat Brat. Possible friends with Electric Wizard.

Speaking of Boris, I just found out they're releasing a new album this year. And by "this year", I mean next month. Funny, I could've sworn they had said they released their last album, but I guess that's sort of like when classic rock bands say they're going on their 13th farewell tour.

Yuli Ban
Nov 22, 2016

Nadsat Brat. Possible friends with Electric Wizard.

I can't believe I almost forgot about this band

The Atomic Bitchwax - No Way Man

Yuli Ban
Nov 22, 2016

Nadsat Brat. Possible friends with Electric Wizard.

Diamond Head - Streets Of Gold

Good riffs on this one.

Ferrule
Feb 23, 2007

Yo!

Gotta Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCf2ZZLHy-k

Yuli Ban
Nov 22, 2016

Nadsat Brat. Possible friends with Electric Wizard.


But can you roll?

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Rageaholic Monkey
May 31, 2005

Honestly, though,
you have played the game for a long time.

Don't you have anything else to do with your time?


Yuli Ban posted:

But can you roll?
Then you let it pop
Go, let it go?

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