hard rock


Definition of hard rock

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

Examples of hard rock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the early-to-mid Seventies, heavy metal and hard rock were defined by the brooding dirges of Black Sabbath, the mysticism of Led Zeppelin, and the hard-driving hyper-masculinity of Deep Purple and Judas Priest. James Freeman, WSJ, "Mr. Saturday Night," 8 Oct. 2020 Black Sabbath had set new standards for harder, faster and uh, limber-er in American hard rock. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "Forever No. 1: Van Halen's 'Jump'," 7 Oct. 2020 Leading the way on both counts was lead singer, David Lee Roth, the clown prince of hard rock. The Enquirer, "From the archives: Van Halen rocked Cincinnati Gardens," 7 Oct. 2020 Eddie Van Halen was a guitar virtuoso whose blinding speed, control and innovation propelled his band Van Halen into one of hard rock’s biggest acts. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Who’s left and who’s leaving?," 7 Oct. 2020 Van Halen’s oversized influence on popular music stretched well beyond hard rock. Will Collier, National Review, "The Virtuosity and Creativity of Van Halen," 7 Oct. 2020 Eddie Van Halen, a guitar virtuoso whose pyrotechnic riffs and solos expanded the vocabulary of hard rock, inspired legions of headbanging imitators and propelled his band Van Halen to four turbulent decades of stadium-rock stardom, died Oct. 6. Washington Post, "Eddie Van Halen, guitar virtuoso with a shimmering sound, dies at 65," 6 Oct. 2020 There is not a single large-scale hard rock mine that has ever operated without causing some level of contamination to nearby surface or ground waters. Anchorage Daily News, "Candidate Q&A: Alaska Senate District N — Carl Johnson," 3 Oct. 2020 Jimi had long since broken out of what were thought of as the traditional Black genres of the blues, R&B and soul and had not only mastered but reinvented the hard rock that was thought to be the province of white musicians and artists. David Kirby, WSJ, "‘Wild Thing’ Review: Out of This World," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hard rock

1959, in the meaning defined above

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17 Oct 2020

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“Hard rock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20rock. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hard rock

: loud rock music that has a heavy regular beat

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