Archives For 1970s

Well, it was inevitable.

When I first published my Top 50 Metal (and Quasi-Metal) Songs of the 1970s, reaction was pretty strong in a positive way. Readers appreciated the diversity of acts on the list beyond the usual and expected entries from genre heavyweights like Black Sabbath. Album cuts beyond the well-known hit singles were also well-represented, and overall it was just a lot of fun to put together and to read.

Of course, the listening and exploring never stops, and at some point while researching my four-part doom metal history series I realized there is a lot more old-school metal to be found out there still. I became especially interested in heavy music from beyond the Anglosphere, and came to appreciate a few more underground acts that did not get the kind of exposure back then that others did. The quality of those bands’ output is the biggest reason I wanted to expand my top 50 list by another 25 entries.

You’ll still find a number of well-known favorite bands in this expansion, but my hope is that you’ll discover a killer band from the same time period…just buried by time and dust. Enjoy part three!

Part 1, 51-26
Part 2, 25-1

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Who doesn’t love a good countdown, especially one that actually makes some sense? I put this together for fun and hope headbangers will enjoy this celebratory blast of old-school metal.

But what is “quasi-metal,” you may ask? That’s my term for 70’s songs and bands that straddle the line between traditional hard rock and metal. A band like Deep Purple, for instance–some folks think they’re metal, others not. For the purposes of this list, those bands that are “under dispute” are still considered valid. Otherwise, it would consist only of Black Sabbath songs–and I
already have one of those!

Let’s roll. Rolling Stone has nothing on HOM!

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