hard rock


Definition of hard rock 

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

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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 American music historian, radio personality, talk show host, and author, best known as host of several hard rock and heavy metal-themed radio and television shows. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: June 4-10," 4 June 2018 The Grammys have been flubbing their relationship with heavy metal since Jethro Tull beat Metallica for best hard rock/heavy metal recording in 1989, the first year that the genre was acknowledged with its own award. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The Grammy Gems You Won’t Hear on ‘Music’s Biggest Night’," 26 Jan. 2018 Carolina Rebellion — the annual hard rock and metal festival at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Rock City Campgrounds — boasts 62 bands over three days. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Carolina Rebellion rocks on with another eclectic hard-and-heavy bill | Charlotte Observer," 2 May 2018 To see the work: http://bit.ly/2yIiAmc The Des Moines Register (Second Place) Brian Powers, staff photographer For Brian Powers' submission of the pipeline portfolio, the hard rock nerd and Cyclone proposal images. USA TODAY, "Arizona Republic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel lead 2017 USA TODAY Network journalism awards," 7 Mar. 2018 Strauss is among a growing number of women guitarists joining the ranks of contemporary hard rock, prog, and heavy metal shredders. Andy Hermann, Los Angeles Magazine, "Women Are Saving the Electric Guitar," 26 June 2018 The musicians were genre benders, stitching patches of hard rock, hip-hop, and new wave to a veil of soft, velvety pop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 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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