So, I've noticed (being in my mid-30s) that most of the bands I grew up with as "heavy metal" bands have now been relabelled "hard rock". (e.g. Scorpions, Deep Purple, AC/DC, Aerosmith, etc.). Now, I can kind of see putting Aerosmith in the category, but the Scorps are pretty much comparable to Judas Priest as far as I can tell (with the exception that Priest definitely kicked it up a notch in the 90s, but then the Scorps out-heavied them in the 70s quite a bit - listen to "Virgin Killer" or "the Sails of Charon").
So, is "hard rock" just classic metal (aside from, apparently, Sabbath and Priest regardless of the fact that they didn't really sound that different from their contemporaries to my ears)? Are there bands that are "hard rock" that wouldn't be called "metal?
To me, if you're gonna call Scorps and Purple "hard rock" then metal must start with Iron Maiden, that's where I hear a significant stylistic difference. (Although you had more underground stuff like Venom going on about the same time . . .)
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