10 obscure but brilliant hard rock bands you need in your life

Metal Hammer

Hard rock is such a vast yet broadly defined subgenre that the law of averages dictate that a large number of bands were always going to find themselves far from the top of the pile. Although the UK had some of the biggest hard rock bands of all time, its roots were so inherently American that even if bands got some renown in the US, many remained all but unknown elsewhere.

But if hard rock became more of an amalgamation than a specific style, drawing from the blues, punk, new wave and more, its lack of scene identification and adherence to a particular set of ideals meant that it was ripe for idiosyncratic takes where force of personality shone through.


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