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Old 11-16-2017, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What was the first 'heavy metal' album?

In your opinion what was it?

I'm going with Paranoid by Sabbath.
I don't consider BS debut heavy metal, though tracks The Wizard and Black Sabbath could be.
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Old 11-16-2017, 11:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm going with Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath. Sure, much of the album is this blues jam material, but the title track is very much a harbinger of things to come, as far as metal goes. I guess you can look it this in several ways, but I do see that album as the genesis of a genre and a new movement in music.
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If it's not Black Sabbath then it's Paranoid, so Sabbath still get the nod.
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You could make a case for heavy metal songs predating Sabbath, but if we're talking full albums then they clearly take the prize.
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It depends on what you consider heavy metal. You could argue it was Link Wray and the Ray Men from 1960. Also, Led Zeppelin released their first album in 1969.

I guess it could arguably be Blue Cheer's Vincebus Eruptum from 1968. Their version of Summertime Blues has to be considered Heavy Metal, don't you think?
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RE: Blue Cheer. Yes, but it doesn't extend to the whole album.
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1. Rock - Bill Haley and the Comets. Elvis. Little Richard. Link Wray. Chuck Berry. Jerry Lee Lewis.

2. Hard Rock - Cream. Hendrix. Beck. Zeppelin. Traffic. Mountain. MC5. Grand Funk.

3. Metal - Sabbath. Uriah Heep. Deep Purple.

4. Heavy Metal - Motorhead. Judas Priest. Iron Maiden.
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1. Rock - Bill Haley and the Comets. Elvis. Little Richard. Link Wray. Chuck Berry. Jerry Lee Lewis.

2. Hard Rock - Cream. Hendrix. Beck. Zeppelin. Traffic. Mountain. MC5. Grand Funk.

3. Metal - Sabbath. Uriah Heep. Deep Purple.

4. Heavy Metal - Motorhead. Judas Priest. Iron Maiden.
I think everyone agrees that metal shorthand for heavy metal and means exactly the same thing.

Listen people, you can dig deep and say Blue Cheer or Iron Butterfly or whatever just don’t. There’s no debate: Sabbath’s debut. That’s it. Anything else is just bull**** trying to be clever.
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1. Rock - Bill Haley and the Comets. Elvis. Little Richard. Link Wray. Chuck Berry. Jerry Lee Lewis.

2. Hard Rock - Cream. Hendrix. Beck. Zeppelin. Traffic. Mountain. MC5. Grand Funk.

3. Metal - Sabbath. Uriah Heep. Deep Purple.

4. Heavy Metal - Motorhead. Judas Priest. Iron Maiden.
If you're gonna throw all that in then The Stooges bear mention. Fun House is a total metal album by those standards, and if all those early 70s metal bands weren't listening to it then they were missing out on hella inspiration even if it wasn't a metal album.
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The Stooges
Conclusion: Robert Johnson was metal.

Let’s not go there.
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