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Chapter 111: Godzilla

70s metal & proto-metal

I submit (controversially) that just as Jesus was not himself a Christian, Black Sabbath was not a metal band. They opened a cosmic door when they dropped their tuning and produced some of the most earth-splittingly heavy riffs ever recorded, but they did that as a classic rock band operating in a classic rock context. Led Zeppelin and Blue Öyster Cult likewise pushed the limits of how hard a rock band could rock, but didn’t quite break them. I personally draw the metal line at Mötorhead’s formation in 1975; it took a maniac like Lemmy to cross the threshold...
1. Led Zeppelin

Nobody's Fault But Mine

2. Black Sabbath


3. Killing Joke

The Wait

4. Blue Öyster Cult


5. Black Sabbath

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

6. Judas Priest

The Ripper

7. Ozzy Osbourne

Crazy Train

8. Motörhead


9. Rush

2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx

10. Black Sabbath

War Pigs