10 bands who prove you don’t need a guitar to be heavy

Metal Hammer

Sorry drummers, bassists and keyboard players everywhere – metal is built on the guitar. From the ominous chords that opened Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album more than 50 years ago onwards, six strings have ruled all.

Well, not quite all. A handful of bands have managed to conjure up all manner of almighty noise without relying on the instrument. From subterranean doom merchants to rave-metal kingpins, here are 10 bands who don’t need a guitar to be heavy.

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