310: RAINBOW

When Ritchie Blackmore had two songs rejected by Deep Purple he chose to record them with Elf frontman Ronnie James Dio. The experience had been such a positive one that they ultimately recorded a full album as Ritchie Blackmoreโ€™s Rainbow. This would ultimately lead to him leaving Deep Purple. There are two specific elements of … Continue reading 310: RAINBOW

308: ACโšก๏ธDC

Theyโ€™re Australian rock royalty, one of the most successful bands in history, and made such an impact so early on that they directly influenced other bands we consider huge influences today. AC/DC are one of only a handful of worldwide stadium hard rock bands, capable of commanding enormous audiences across the globe. And, in reality, … Continue reading 308: ACโšก๏ธDC

304: ALICE COOPER

With seven albums fronting the band Alice Cooper, followed by twenty-one-and-counting solo albums as the Coop himself, Alice Cooper is a hard rock institution. Starting out at the tail end of the sixties with arty acid rock, he has readily dabbled in other genres - leaning into glam rock in the 70s, new wave in … Continue reading 304: ALICE COOPER

300: METALLICA

It could be said, for most people, that if tasked with naming a metal band, the first name that would come to mind would be Metallica. As one of โ€˜The Big Fourโ€™ (alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax) Metallica helped spearhead thrash metal. By taking the power of NWOBHM and supercharging it with punk influences, thrash … Continue reading 300: METALLICA