I consider myself a bit of a rock anorak
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Wasn't Rock Anorak the title of the last Thor movie? Is that why they played Led Zeppelin in it??
But seriously...Zeppelin is a rock band. Blues-based, to be sure...but to some extent, all rock is. But showing influences and even doing some very bluesy-style songs does not a blues band make. Is AC/DC a blues band? Have your heard Ride On?* Or...is AC/DC heavy metal? Hard rock, to be sure...
Classifications are tough, though. Zep turned it up, sang it loud, and sometimes hard and fast. The wailing of Plant's voice and Page's guitar would lay a blueprint for many rock - and metal - bands to come. But were they, themselves, a heavy metal band? No more than a blues band, I suppose. Perhaps they are that pioneering main filter that turns blues eventually into metal.
If Zep is metal, is The Who? Very similar formula...a wild man on the drums, a bass guitarist (arguably different from a mere "bassist"), an innovative lead guitarist, and a screaming force of nature for a vocalist. Definitely sprouting from the same blues roots as Zep. And, yet...Zeppelin is a band often cited as a metal pioneer. The Who, not so much.
Searing vocals, crunchy guitar, in-your-face attitude...are these the heavy metal hallmarks? *Flipside to the AC/DC question: Is Queen a heavy metal band? Have you heard Stone Cold Crazy?
I've been a KISS fan for most of my cognizant life. And while they're also sometimes cited as metal pioneers, I don't consider them to be a heavy metal band. Sure, they played "heavy" in both style and subject, at times. But they're mostly just flat-out hard rock. Sure, they dabbled in pop and disco, and even "Hair Metal"....which I also argue is not really heavy metal. If Bon Jovi, by extension, was considred a metal band, then why not, say, Huey Lewis and the News? Up-tempo, guitar driven melodies that suburban kids could party to...
Edited by Brian Rhodes on 19 October 2018 at 10:38am