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Subterranean Heavy Rock

Updated on December 21, 2015
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Subterranean Heavy Rock

Long-haired, denim-clad kids armed with guitars, addicted to riff-infested heavy rock. Good god, man, could you find anything more heavenly?

Subterranean Heavy Rock is looking for true guitarlove, though. This ideal form of hard rock, it's rather fleeting. We saw the birth of it between 1969 and 1973. A revival occurred in England around 1978 and lasted to 1983. There was another revival in Seattle between 1988 and 1994. It seemed like this back-to-roots style of straightforward and riff-happy heavy rock picked up at the end of every decade, but alas, there was little to see in the late '90s and late '00s. You know, besides nü metal and emo. I don't diss nü metal as much as the other rockists out there since it's a guilty pleasure of mine, but there's no doubt it wasn't interested in carrying the raw heavy rock flag. But this isn't about that. No, this hub is about celebrating that timeless heavy rock that never fails to bring some headbanging joys.

I can see SHR as being a cleaner and less depressed version of the grungers. After all, what else is heavy rock but this pure fusion of old school heavy metal, punk rock, '70s heavy rock, stoner rock, southern rock, SubPop grunge, traditional doom metal, early '80s thrash metal, proto-punk, proto-metal, early glam metal, heavy alternative, straight hard rock, and heavy psychedelic blues/jazz rock?

I admit. This name was an attempt to circumvent that damned "stoner rock" label in order to save riff-rock from being overlooked. You don't need to be a stoner to enjoy stoner rock, but the name begs to differ, and bland late-stage corporate rock remains the sound of the radio.

I just need there to be a new scene that revives the old spirits. Some group of young'uns who listen to Saint Vitus and Soundgarden, who decide to get together and fuse Black Sabbath and the Ramones once more, and rediscover true heavy rock.

Nebula - So It Goes

Soundgarden - Kickstand

Motörhead - Make My Day

The Heavy Eyes - Iron Giants

The Brats - 1980

The Melvins - Honey Bucket

Black Sabbath - Live in Paris 1970

Led Zeppelin - Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1970

Rage Against The Machine - Bullet In The Head (Live 1993)

Pentagram - Much Too Young To Know

Soundgarden - Rusty Cage (Live, 1992)

Pentagram - Livin' in a Ram's Head

Death Angel - Voracious Souls

The Machine - Pyro

sHEAVY - Psycho Universe

Diamond Head - Am I Evil?

Thin Lizzy - Holy War

Ratt - You Think You're Tough

Tool - Cold and Ugly

Rush - Working Man

Alice in Chains - Died

Judas Priest - Dissident Aggressor

Saint Vitus - War Is Our Destiny

Soundgarden - Superunknown

Buffalo - Sunrise (Come My Way)

The Stooges - Search and Destroy


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