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What Is Hard Rock?

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#23
People's personal preferences aside, I'm not sure I would call Bon Jovi, or even Boston - who I do like, and are discussed elsewhere on this forum - hard rock. Soft rock? Melodic rock? Which brings us neatly back to the OP question. But even the OP's definition, "if it rocks hard, it is hard rock" can be questioned. What is "rocking hard"? (behave yourselves now! :rolleyes: lol).

But at the end of the day, I think I tend to settle on Lynch's view:

I'm more into labels of "I like it" or "Don't really care for it" or "that sucks" as the labels of choice these days.
 

Magic

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#25
i found this well written opus of an article on how to scale the hardness of music. The article is loaded with links to some humorous side articles and added information. If you scroll to the bottom of the article you get the 1-11 scale with examples.

Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness

Note: this article is worthy of its own thread....it is that good.
 

Oldhippie

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#27
Muddying the waters a bit more, crossover artists, guys like Steve Earle, Shooter Jennings, Blackberry Smoke and Cross Canadian Ragweed. There stuck in that world between rock and country but each one of them can rock with the best of them.

This song has one of the best rock riffs ever.
 

Lynch

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#28
Love me some Shooter Jennings. I grew up listening to his old man, and still listen to ol' Waylon on a regular basis. The first time I saw Shooter, was back in 1982 when Waylon walked him out on stage and introduced his little 3 yr old son to the audience.

It was probably around this time frame (this is a picture from one of Shooter's other videos):

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I think that Shooter's first two albums were his best, but he definitely has a number of good tracks littered throughout his discography.
 

Magic

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#29
I consider Shooter a Hard Rock artist. Honestly all that hellbilly, rock-a-billy stuff is hard, IMO
 

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