For the purposes of this list of premium '80s hard rock songs, I consider the broad term of hard rock to apply to loud, guitar-heavy rock music generally played by long-haired male musicians at slow and medium tempos. I make that distinction to explain why I leave punk rock and hardcore out of the equation for this particular list. In addition, while any music that is genuine heavy metal falls into this category, some subgenres of metal like pop metal or hair metal may not constitute hard rock at all consider Bon Jovi or Poison , for example. Here's a look at some top '80s hard rock classics, in no particular order. Built on some fantastic riffing and a powerful twin-guitar attack, this somewhat futuristic-sounding offering from Tesla's debut release, Mechanical Resonance , still stands as the band's finest moment.
New York has a very rich history of strong contributions to heavy music. While the NYHC pioneers get worshipped and justly so , New York often gets overlooked in discussions of other influential heavy music scenes. Our below choices for the Top 20 New York Hardcore and Metal Albums of All-Time will hopefully get those discussions going again, with New York getting the proper respect it deserves this time. Biohazard Urban Discipline Biohazard were one of the first metal acts to gain a crossover audience with hip-hop fans. The shrill vocals of Julie Christmas gave off an air of emotional instability that lent chaos to the fine-tuned musical approach of the rest of the band.
The Top 20 New York Hardcore and Metal Albums of All Time
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They listened to their fans and delivered just what they demanded — a track as heavy as they possibly could make. In case metalcore got too cheesy for your taste lately, Northlane have a true gem for you. Does this even count as a new track?