hard rock


: rock music marked by a heavy regular beat, high amplification, and usually frenzied performances

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On their debut, Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes and Undeniable Truths, Clutch were still perched between Helmet-y post-hardcore and the groove-centric hard rock that would define their later career. Hank Shteamer, SPIN, 24 Jan. 2023 Yeah Yeahs, and the pounding hard rock of Queens of the Stone Age. Dave Brooks, Billboard, 10 Jan. 2023 Weirdly, a few tracks feature interpolations of hard rock classics by Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, and Blue Oyster Cult, which come off campy and forced. Al Shipley, SPIN, 6 Jan. 2023 Enter Sick New World, the nü-metal, hard rock and goth fest headlined by essential acts like System of a Down, Korn, Deftones, Incubus and Evanescence. Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2023 His hard rock band Set Fire won the Rock & Roll Rumble in 2019; his latest project, Blood Lightning, features members of Sam Black Church, Gozu, and Worshipper. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Dec. 2022 Meanwhile, systemizers enjoyed more intense music, including punk, heavy metal, and hard rock. Andy Berger, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2015 He was drawn to nu-metal and hard rock as well as rap, and tried to teach himself how to play the guitar and the piano. Corinna Burford, Vulture, 9 June 2022 Grunge, a righteous new subset of hard rock, made a point of rejecting the excess and dumbness of the eighties: no more women writhing across the hoods of cars, no more peacocking in skintight leather trousers. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard rock was in 1959

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“Hard rock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20rock. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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