Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by stumphead, Apr 15, 2019 at 10:25 PM.
I have always known they were first - but which band followed immedialty after them ?
Sir Lord Baltimore?
why didn't I think of that ?
Cream, Jethro Tull, Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin
Black Sabbath wasn't considered "heavy metal" until well after the fact. BS was just thought of as a rock band.
The reality is that heavy metal was some underground style of music that existed on a small scale, and if you dared call a rock band a heavy metal band you would have been corrected by anyone who had actually seen a heavy metal band.
The first band that had all the elements of what became known as heavy metal was Blackmores rainbow. It had the stereotypes, the chug chug rhythm guitar, the screaming operatic vocals. If any of the rock bands originated the basic sounds that became heavy metal it was Deep Purple, who was doing those sounds in the sixties.
Hush is a perfect example of the guitar style.
Another band that contributed heavily to the heavy metal sound is Uriah Heep, the vocals were in that style well before Ronnie James Dio became known.
No doubt Tony Iommi had a guitar style that contributed to heavy metal, and BS had the dark evil image that much of metal adopted, but it was in reality Ritchie Blackmores insanely complex and competent lead and rhythm guitar style and abilities that were what metal guitarists were emulating for their lead and rhythm guitar styles.
And Ronnie James Dio is the singer that became the yardstick.
I don't know that Sabs was the first.
I'm pretty sure they're the best, though.
If you looked up "acid rock", you should be able to see potential answers to you Q.
I always thought Blue Cheer was supposedly the first?
Seems I read that somewhere anyway....
They kind of were, more like a direct precursor.
This track from their second album could almost be thought of as a partial Black Sabbath blueprint . . .
Vincebus Eruptum est primus.
None of those is or was a metal band.
At the time they would fall into categories such as Hard or Heavy Rock. Then again these categories are somewhat limited compared to the actual music.
I'd say depending on your definition it would be Lord Baltimore, Budgie, Rainbow, Judas Priest and the Scorpions.
There are obviously other bands like Deep Purple and Uriah Heep (or even Tempest with Holdsworth) which have some of the elements some of the time and are important in the development of the sound but the groups I mentioned above (particularly Rainbow, Priest and the Scorpions with Uli) really define the inchoate metal sounds of the future.
The next great heavy metal band after Sabbath also hails from the Black Country:
This post is correct.
Not that you are wrong, but looking through guitar literature as a kid in the 70s,
all those, as well as Hendrix, were referred to as heavy metal by one writer or another.
most of those bands were considered hard rock, not heavy metal. BS was indeed considered metal after the fact, in Europe I believe Judas Priest to be the first metal band, standing on the shoulders of the hard rock bands before them. Then ofcourse we got the nwofbhm with bands like Saxon, Maiden perhaps Motorhead.
^^ how the hell have i never heard of this band? (maybe i have and dismissed them because of the name?) awesome.
also, these guys came up as suggested: