hard rock


Definition of hard rock

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

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There were a bunch of bands who came out of that milieu between metal and hard rock and what turned into grunge and turned into nu-metal. Billboard, "'Vivid' at 30: Living Colour Reflects on the Rough Road to Their Game-Changing Classic Debut," 3 May 2018 While most anime conventions have K-pop or J-pop performances, Anime Midwest will host more than a dozen live bands from different genres, including hard rock and Vocaloid (computerized voice synthesizer), along with two overnight EDM raves. Savannah Eadens, chicagotribune.com, "Cosplay and manga reign, as Anime Midwest comes to Rosemont," 6 July 2018 The title refers to the doubts Tyler faced over the decision by one of hard rock's quintessential screamers to go country with his first-ever solo effort. Randy Lewis, latimes.com, "Aerosmith's Steven Tyler goes 'Out on a Limb' in new documentary on his solo album debut," 23 May 2018 The 12 drummers represented multiple genres of rock and roll in metal, hard rock, alternative rock, classic rock and grunge. David Dorsey, USA TODAY, "'Beyond the Beats': A dozen of rock's greatest drummers share their craft in new book," 20 Apr. 2018 Cherry Bar Nightly live music ranges from soul to hard rock, but what Cherry Bar is most famous for is its clientele. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Venues & Places for Live Music in Melbourne," 10 Sep. 2018 Price: $25 at the door and in advance through the Pabst. — Jon M. Gilbertson EYEHATEGOD Style: Iron-hard rock 'n' roll that isn’t kidding. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Top Milwaukee concerts this week: MØ and Cashmere Cat, George Clinton and more," 1 Feb. 2018 Like a cover band, Dorothy’s take on bluesy hard rock immediately sounded familiar. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 10: Kip Moore, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Phantogram & more," 7 July 2018 So Slayer concocted a storm of blood on stage and, in doing so, made pyro seem quaint, just as their ’80s thrash metal made ’70s hard rock seem like a circus bear with a ruffled collar. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "One more storm of blood from Slayer, on the metals band’s final tour," 13 June 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hard rock

: loud rock music that has a heavy regular beat

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