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Hard Rock Notes - Hard Rock Heavy Metal Hard Rock Late...

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Hard Rock & Heavy Metal 11/27/07 Hard Rock – Late sixties Closer connection to blues and folk group “blues on steroids” Singers capable of tender ballads and heavier style Frequent acoustic guitar & piano, plucked or strummed Keybaords prevalent in the earlier years Lyrics & texts generally express themes about love, life, relationships Female singers more prominent, breaking down stereotypes Heavy Metal Identifiable by violence and aggression Teen male audience (98% between 18 and 23 male) A lot of distortion & overdrive, loud heavy guitars Extended improvisations Guitar and drum solos Drummers used larger diameter drums (eg. 24 or 28 inch bass drums) Tuned drum heads lower making them more thunderous Ties into glitter and glam rock Use of gothic themes - Medieval castles, black magic, witchcraft, doom gloom Very common in Britain to have medieval castles and history in backyards Lyrics follow same pattern Singers – focus on sound and tone rather than lyrics Critics rejected it but age demographic loved it Critics said that metal was dependant on technology and musicians are hiding behind
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