The 1970s was an interesting time for heavy metal. Black Sabbath helped birth the genre at the very beginning of the decade, and a host of other legendary bands followed suit. Along with Black Sabbath were bands like Judas Priest and several proto-metal acts who are now regarded as classic rock, but were deemed some of the heaviest in their day. It is for this reason that bands like Led Zeppelin, Blue Oyster Cult, Deep Purple, Van Halen and others will be found in the list below. While their music might not be pure metal, the riffs included here are metal through and through.
Queensryche's biggest hit, like a lot of bands of the era, was a ballad. 'Silent Lucidity' is a gentle, acoustic driven song with orchestration to powerfully back the mood. Hey, even hardened metalheads can be softies at times! Here we have the song being played wonderfully by a young boy.
The rock lifestyle isn't all just sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Countless musicians use their celebrity status as a platform to reach out and help those in need. Those lucky enough to make a living off of being in a band often give back via charities they create or support.
Inquisition are one of black metal's most uncompromising acts, consisting of the duo of mainman Dagon and drummer Incubus. They recently released their fifth studio album, 'Obscure Verses for the Multiverse,' which is another all-out riffing assault on the senses. The music is only half of the splendor here, with
Here's something Dave Grohl would be proud to see! As a huge activist for getting children involved in music, Grohl has inspired the youth time and time again with Nirvana and the Foo Fighters. These two proudly count the musician among their influences as they take on the Foo Fighters' hit 'Everlong.'