1970: what a year!

Black Sabbath's arrival formally ushered in the age of heavy metal, by crystallizing a sound and philosophy that was being simultaneously espoused by countless bands, in slightly different ways, spread to virtually all corners of the planet.

Now, half a century later, more is known about heavy metal's 'other' pioneers of that period, beyond Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. Here, then, we're looking back at 1970's Best Heavy Metal Songs You Didn't Know About. Scroll through the gallery below and follow this list on Spotify.

Hear 1970's Best Metal Songs

Bloodrock, "Bloodrock"

Power of Zeus, "It Couldn't Be Me"


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