masque wrote:Examples of Hard Rock bands that come to mind would be Ted Nugent, AC\DC, Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper, Van Halen, April Wine, Rush, Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, UFO, Kiss, Motorhead, Guns N' Roses to name a few. There bands that are hard rock to their core and don't stray into ballad or Pop territory. It's not that Styx did not have music that had a hard edge to it but their styles were diverse so you just can't slap the term hard rock to describe the band at it's core. The influences of DDY, TS and JY which were different from each other are at the bands core. Again, this in no way degrades or makes Styx's musical contributions to R'n' R less important.
ok that helps me alot......with the exception of rush your list is a VERY blues based list....VERY blues based.......so i think that may be the difference in some regards......styx's music rarely "feels" blues based even when it sometimes is.
and i would agree that the bands on your list would be hard rock bands with the exception of motorhead that i consider more metal or what metal used to be in the early 80's.
i have not heard many ballads if any at all from nugent, ac/dc or alice cooper that i can remember and maybe hendrix....dont listen to UFO enough to know their catalog real well. BUT all of the rest of those bands on your list have certainly recorded ballads and many times those ballads been hits.......in fact the first thing i think of when i think of april wine is "just between you and me"....kiss had beth....g and r had patience and etc....etc......etc....
i think after seeing yoru list and discussing this that it simply boils down to your definition of hard rock vs. my definition of hard rock. my definition includes a broader scope of bands and msuic than yours does.
thats why i woudl consider bands like styx, foreigner, boston, cheap trick, night ranger, triump and others similar to that sound as hard rock. the bands you named with the excpetion of motorhead would be hard rock to me as well but i can say that for the most part it is harder than the band i named but close enough to be th esame genre.[/quote]
Here is how I see it
Much harder than Styx - Metallica, AC/DC, Nugent, Ozzy, KISS, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Zepplin, G&R, etc.
Somewhat harder than Styx - Van Halen, Blue Oyster Cult, Def Leppard, Cinderella, Ratt, early Bon Jovi
Similar - Slighly harder than Styx - Night Ranger, Foreigner, Kansas
Similar to Styx - Journey, REO, Asia, Boston
Somewhat lighter than Styx - Survivor, Toto, Outfield, Chicago, Eagles, Starship, Billy Joel, Elton John, Dennis DeYoung (solo), Steve Perry (solo), Phil Collins, Huey Lewis and the News
Much lighter than Styx - Air Supply, Richard Marx, Barry Manilow, Lionel Ritchie