Pioneers of British heavy Metal Part 1

Pioneers of heavy Metal

Here’s a few of the Metal masters who paved a way for the metal among us today


1. Black Sabbath

Who else do we start with?  These guys started it.  They defined down tuned guitars, slow tempo yet still heavy and palm muted riffs.  So many bands have commented about how they have been influenced by Sabbath.

Check out Paranoid – A great beginners metal riff!!


2. Deep Purple

Oh can you teach me that riff?  What riff? oh yes this one – bah bah bah, bah bah bah bah, bah bah bah, bah bah bah!!!  (smoke on the water obviously)

Often overlooked and not as popular as other bands with todays kids, Deep Purple have still had an undeniable affect on the heavy metal scene!!  They were once dubbed the worlds loudest group by the guinness book of records.

Smoke on the water –

3. Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden were pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, a movement also featuring Motorhead and Def Leppard that was considered a revitalizing force following the eventual decline of bands like Sabbath and Zeppelin. ‘The Number of the Beast’ was the first album with singer Bruce Dickinson, and its self-titled first single, the quintessential Maiden cut.

Fear of the dark –

4. Judas Priest

There’s a reason they’re called “Metal Gods.” Judas Priest were there from the beginning, with singer Rob Halford and the boys emerging from the same area in England as Sabbath – and even sharing a rehearsal space back in the day. With Halford’s operatic vocals soaring over the twin guitarist assault of Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, Priest made a sonic stew that was frequently attempted and never duplicated, effortlessly staying ahead of changing trends in the genre. This diversity makes it hard to pick just one metal masterpiece from them, but 1980’s ‘British Steel’ is a safe bet.