I want to touch on how I felt was the most influential and the lords of metal. That would be Led Zeppelin, I’m aware that it is debatable amongst varying groups of rock fans, but I would like to hold to the opinion that this band was it!
Led Zeppelin is to the 70’s era what the Beatles were to the 60’s era. They managed to conglomerate and skillfully blend genres together that set them apart from everyone else. Electric Blues, early rock, and roll, psychedelic rock, and folk color their sound and it even evolves beyond that by incorporating reggae and funk into their later project with the folk element still there in houses of the holy.
The beginning (Yardbirds)
Jimmy Page was a renowned session guitarist in Britain and was a member of a band named The Yardbirds. He had his stint with them from 66-68 and later that year founded Led Zeppelin with Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. Page composed the music in the beginning mainly, and the lyrical content of the music was written by Plant. Jones really put their sound together with the experimental keyboard sounds that would later be integral to their unique and fascinating sound in the seventies. Led Zeppelin’s debut album saw massive success. released on 12 January 1969 in the United States and on 31 March 1969 in the United Kingdom by Atlantic Records.
The album saw commercial success but did not garner the praise and adulation as the other record over the years did. There were many critics that did not take a liking to Led Zeppelin’s first debut album, but since then music critics have come to have more of an endearing attitude towards the record.
Led Zepplin II & III
Led Zeppelin II is the titular second studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released on 22 October 1969 in the United States and on 31 October 1969 in the United Kingdom by Atlantic Records. Considered to be their heaviest album yet, heavy laden with blues guitar riffs and that signature folk tinge that decorates their standalone legendary sound. This album was the first to reach a number one position in the US and UK charts in 1970. By 1999 the album had been certified platinum 12 times. This album, by the people’s choice, has been considered one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
Led Zeppelin III is the not the most well-received album of their career, but it did show the bands maturing and evolving sound. This album wasn’t their best selling album in their discography. One of the main differences with this album which I feel contributed to its sound is the aesthetic and surrounding Led Zeppelin created the music in. They created it in a cottage called Bron-Yr-Aur in Wales. The location had no electric power or running water, so the acoustic sound was heavily influenced by such a lax environment. Being one the most awaited album releases of 1970 not everyone was so enthused about the sound and the different direction of Zeppelin. The comparison to more recent acts of that time like Crosby and Stills, was being circulated by haters and critics of that time.
Heavey Metal Pt3 coming soon