d This is a list of bands that pertain to the heavy metal genre of music.
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 Original movement: 1967–1979In the late 1960s a number of bands began pushing the limits of blues-rock into a new genre which would becalled heavy metal. By the early eighties the heavy metal genre began a slow division into various sub-genre categories to better describe the stylistic differences that were growing out of the original heavy metal movement. And by the end of the 1970s many of the earliest heavy metal bands had long since disbanded. Some of the bands included in the original movement were:
 ABand NameOrigin Years active Brief summary
AC/DC Sydney, Australia 1973–present Although the band are commonly classified as hard rock, and considered pioneers of heavy metal they have always classified their music as "Rock n' roll." Their 1980's album Back in Black is the best-selling rock album of all time.
Accept Solingen, Germany 1968–1989, 1992–1997, 2004–2005, 2009–present Accept played animportant role in the development of speed metal and Teutonic thrash metal, being part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene which emerged in the early-to-mid 1980s.
Aerosmith Boston, Massachusetts, US 1970–present
Alice Cooper Detroit, Michigan, US 1964–present
 BBand name Origin Years active Brief summary
Bang Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1970–1973, 2001–2004
BlackSabbath Birmingham, England, United Kingdom 1968–present One of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, they had four platinum selling albums throughout the seventies with Paranoid being the most successful, along with two gold selling and one silver selling album as well. In 1979 due to serious drug and alcohol abuse Ozzy Osbourne was fired and replaced with former Rainbow vocalistRonnie James Dio, and enjoyed success with the release of Heaven and Hell in 1980 and Mob Rules in 1981. Throughout the late eighties and early nighties Black Sabbath went through a number of different vocalists and enjoyed small success with Headless Cross, TYR, Cross Purposes and Forbidden, released in 1989, 1990, 1994 and 1995 respectively.
Blue Cheer San Francisco, California, US 1966–1972,1974–1976, 1978–1979, 1984–1994, 1999–2009
Blue Öyster Cult Long Island, New York, US 1967–present
Budgie Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom 1967–present
Buffalo Sydney, Australia 1971–1977
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Cactus Long Island, New York 1970–1972, 2006–present
Cirith Ungol Ventura, California, USA 1972–1992
Cream England, United Kingdom1966–1969
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Deep Purple Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom 1968–1976, 1984–present
Dust United States 1971–1978
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Flower Travellin' Band Japan 1968–1973, 2007–present
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Grand Funk Railroad Flint, Michigan, United States 1968–1977, 1980–1983, 1996–present
Band name Origin Years active Brief summary
Hard Stuff England, United Kingdom 1971–1973
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Seattle, Washington, United States 1966–1970 Jimi Hendrix established a sonically heavy yet technically proficient bent to rock music as a whole,significantly furthering the development of hard rock and paving the way for heavy metal.
High Tide Nottingham, England, United Kingdom 1969–1970
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Iron Butterfly San Diego, California, United States 1966–present
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Jerusalem Britain 1972
Jethro Tull London, England, United...