Any metal fan can tell you that their beloved genre stems from two bands, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Both bands are credited with creating heavy metal, but here’s the thing – is one more heavier than the other?
Black Sabbath might seem like the obvious victor in this battle, but we must look closer. While Black Sabbath embodies the attitude and darkness that is associated with what the general public considers heavy metal to be, Led Zeppelin has the weight in their sound that puts the “heavy” in heavy metal. It’s incredible how much sound Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham were able to create, noticeably more that Ozzy and his band.
The only way to settle this is to let the bands speak for themselves. Listen to each band do their thing and make up your mind on who is heavier.
“I Can’t Quit You Baby (Live)”
“War Pigs (Live 1970 France)”
What makes a great guitar solo? Is it how fast or flashy it is, or how slow and soulful it is? Does it sound like a voice that you could sing to, telling its own story? Does it start small but then crescendos into a colossal showcase of talent and emotion? Solos are great for different reasons, but the one thing all great solos have is soul. The following solos are my favorites, and they’re each here for different reasons. These aren’t necessarily the best solos I’ve ever heard, but each solo here has soul and shows what can happen when an talented guitarist is in harmony with his instrument.
The Beatles – “Something” (Guitar Player: George Harrison)
Jimi Hendrix & The Band Of Gypsys – “Machine Gun” (Guitar Player: Jimi Hendrix)
Wilco – “Impossible Germany” (Guitar Player: Niles Cline)
John Mayer – “Covered In Rain” (Guitar Player: John Mayer)
Led Zeppelin – “Heartbreaker” (Guitar Player: Jimmy Page)
Prince – “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” (Guitar Player: Prince)
Steely Dan – “Kid Charlemagne” (Guitar Player: Larry Carlton)
Sublime – “Santeria” (Guitar Player: Brad Nowell)
The White Stripes – “Ball And Biscuit” (Guitar Player: Jack White)
Pink Floyd – “Money” (Guitar Player: David Gilmour)
Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Midnight in Harlem” (Guitar Player: Derek Trucks)
Dire Straits – “Sultans of Swing” (Guitar Player: Mark Knopfler)
Were there any that I miss? Comment below or hit me up on twitter @HeadfoneNation
And before you say anything, Yes, “Stairway to Heaven” was denied from this list. Sorry Wayne.