5 Albums That Unexpectedly Changed Rock History

author: jomatami date: 02/07/2014 category: features

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5 Albums That Unexpectedly Changed Rock History
One of the most appealing charms of the rock and metal domain is definitely the element of surprise.

Over the past six decades, fresh rock acts kept changing the genre's face, unexpectedly revolutionizing the same pattern with new layers of emotions, sounds and overall vibe. So join us as we scratch the surface of some of ultimate rock game changers below.

King Crimson - "In the Court of the Crimson King"

Back in the mid to late '60s, there was no such thing as progressive rock. The style's nuances could've been felt in different genre's, but it wasn't until Robert Fripp and co. dropped a bomb called "In the Court of the Crimson King" that the idea was truly defined.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Are You Experienced"

Guitar's always been a prominent rock instrument, but it wasn't until Jimi Hendrix arrived on the scene that a term "Guitar God" was actually coined. During his brief musical journey, the late guitar hero defined what we today consider as a rockstar axeman. And that journey began with 1967's "Are You Experienced."

Black Sabbath - "Black Sabbath"

We're now reaching the birth of metal. Once again, a group of passionate young guys, this time around from the city of Birmingham, got together and did their thing. And that thing is now one of the world's most popular music styles listened to by millions of devoted fans from around the globe. And to think that it all began with that gloomy three-note riff off 1970's "Black Sabbath."

Metallica - "Kill 'Em All"

Black Sabbath gave birth to metal, but it's Metallica who perfected it. The band's 1983 effort "Kill 'Em All" stands out as possibly the very first notable thrash metal effort. Four stubborn teenagers taking shots against all adds and surprisingly enough - making it to unprecedented heights.

Nirvana - "Nevermind"

Arguably the last album that made a truly massive global impact, Nirvana's "Nevermind" returned rock to where it's supposed to be - raw, gritty, unpredictable surrounding.

As said, this is just a surface-scratcher. Can you think of any other notable game changers? And what are some of the records that changed your perspective of the guitar-driven sound?
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