The procession of rock (part 3)
Hard rock, like rock and roll in its time, was sharp and aggressive, but unlike punk, it implies good command of instruments, and in it aggressiveness is present not as dull bitterness at everything and everything, but as expressions aversion to the dark sides of man. Naturally, hard rock was not something completely new, it only absorbed the most vivid and expressive features of other directions, in hard rock you can see classical music, black blues, and rock and roll, at the same time hard rock brought a lot of innovations to the music. Hard rock performers in the lyrics began to study the dark corners of the human soul, raise philosophical topics, reflect occult knowledge, consider Christianity and Satanism. Hard rock was the first heavy-sounding musical direction. Hard rock originated from world-famous bands such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin.
Truly the giants of hard rock are Deep Purple. Their story began in 1968, when the British rock scene was a very interesting picture. The “power of flowers”, the pinnacle of the hippie movement, has receded into the past. There were a lot of different kinds of music; instrumental plays by H. Montenegro, The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Esther and Abi Ofarim coexisted in the charts. The scope of rock music has expanded. Attracting jazz or symphonic elements was still new, but was no longer surprising. Rock has not yet had time, as it is today, to dissect itself into different age, social, and cultural layers, when everyone is doing his own thing. The mutual influence was very strong. In February 1968, three English musicians decided to create a new group. These were John Lord, Ian Pace, and Ritchie Blackmore. All three were quite famous in the world of English rock. Drummer Jan Pace, who was barely 20 years old, has been playing with various bands since the beginning of the 60s. John Lord, an organist, studied classical music for a long time and seriously, tried his hand at the theater, then became interested in jazz, played a lot with rock ensembles, trying to find ways and means to combine his hobbies with classical and pop music. Lord, Pace and Blackmore invited bassist Nick Semiler and guitarist Rod Inans to record their first single, Hush. The album entered the top five in the USA in the summer of that year. Soon in the American charts, the first disc appeared – the giant of the group Deep Deep – The shades of Deep Purple. The next album, “The Book of Taliesyn”, draws Lord’s experimentation in bringing rock and classical music closer together. The Lord’s “Concert” was the rare occasion when an attempt to combine rock and “academic” music was equally enthusiastically received by fans of both music. A live recording from Albert Hall was released on a record. By the way, “Concert” was not the only such experience of the Lord.
For millions of listeners, the “Godfather” of the genre – if not strictly chronologically, then spiritually – became the ensemble “Deep Purple”. Everything appeared in the band’s handwriting, which was then used by other metal groups – volume, as an aesthetic component, simple riffs, guitars and bass – guitars, often played in unison, characteristic vocals, powerful drum motor. What distinguishes Deep Purple from its followers is its willingness to constantly absorb new things that appear in other genres, openness to other musical influences. Neither “Deep Purple”, nor “Led Zeppelin”, nor “Black Sabbath” also stood at the ideological origins of heavy metal isolation did not differ. Maybe that’s why a lot in their music is interesting today.
In the mid-70s, a new style of rock music began to emerge – heavy metal. Logically, he continues the ideas of hard rock, singling out from the music of hard rock bands extremely powerful guitar riffs, brought to the virtuosity of solos and cannonade drums. The impetus for the appearance of heavy metal was the work of the band “Black Sabbath”. “Black Sabbath”, unlike other hard rock bands, achieved a heavier sound. Keyboards were completely excluded, folk tunes disappeared, no love songs, no orientation on hits capable of entering charts. The horrors and occult themes of songs became the hallmark of Black Sabbath, which unexpectedly became very popular among students. Actually there was nothing super-terrible in their songs – the lyrics looked more like fairy tales for adults. But heavy metal, like current they did not play, and such groups as “Judas Priest”, “Iron Maidan”, “Magnum” began to play it. In the second half of the 70s, all young people were passionate about punk. Punks did not allow access to the stage, it was impossible to perform if you do not swear on the stage and know how to master the instrument. Therefore, in the second half of the 70s, heavy metal did not gain much popularity, and it flourished only in the first half of the 80s; all young people were swept by the heavy metal movement.