Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. A rock music genre marked by a heavy regular beat, high amplification, and usually frenzied performances
Hard rock or heavy rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with pianos and keyboards.
Hard rock developed into a major form of popular music in the 1970s, with bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, AC/DC and Van Halen. During the 1980s, some hard rock bands moved away from their hard rock roots and more towards pop rock, while others began to return to a hard rock sound. Established bands made a comeback in the mid-1980s and it reached a commercial peak in the 1980s, with glam metal bands like Bon Jovi and Def Leppard and the rawer sounds of Guns N' Roses, which followed up with great success in the later part of that decade. Hard rock began losing popularity with the commercial success of grunge and later Britpop in the 1990s.
Despite this, many post-grunge bands adopted a hard rock sound and in the 2000s there came a renewed interest in established bands, attempts at a revival, and new hard rock bands that emerged from the garage rock and post-punk revival scenes. In the 2000s, only a few hard rock bands from the 1970s and 1980s managed to sustain highly successful recording careers.
Hard rock is a genre of rock music
Hard rock may also refer to:
Hard Rock Cafe International, Inc., a chain of theme restaurants and hotels owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
- Hard Rock Hotel Orlando at the Universal Orlando Resort, a joint venture between Hard Rock Cafe and Loews Hotels.
- Hard Rock Hotel Penang
- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas), in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, owned and operated by Brookfield Asset Management and Warner Gaming, LLC.
- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Stateline), in Stateline, Nevada, USA, owned and operated by Warner Hospitality
- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Biloxi), in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Atlantic City), in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA (canceled)
- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa, in Tampa, Florida, USA
- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, in Hollywood, Florida, USA
- Hard Rock Casino, at The Printworks in Manchester, United Kingdom (closed)
- Hard Rock Hotel, at the City of Dreams in Macau, China
- Hard Rock Hotel, at the Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore
- Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, formerly Hard Rock Park.
- Hardrock 100 is a long distance endurance run in Colorado.
- Hard rock mining, mining of metals and other hard minerals.
- Hard Rock, a Grenadian football club that competes in the Grenadian Premier Division league.
- Hard Rock, a Character in DC Comics
Usage examples of "hard rock".
The gentle pressure was sufficient to slow her, and then she found a layer of hard rock beneath.
The guide, on the contrary, calm, ready, moderate, wore away the hard rock by little steady blows of his instrument, making no attempt at a larger hole than about six inches.
But as the southern wall of Melas Chasma had receded, by collapse and wind erosion, the hard rock of one dike had been exposed, and this was the Geneva Spur, which had provided the Swiss with a perfect ramp to get their road down the canyon wall, and was now providing Ann with a nicely exposed dike base.
However, the cable tool rig remained the only practical equipment for use when exploring hard rock formations, until Howard Hughes, Sr.
It could conceal sudden drop-offs or spikes of hard rock that could open the belly of a crawler like a fish knife.
Your people who make cloth from green plants, hard rock from soft mud, you will know about these things.
It could be a vast complex of flooded caverns hundreds of meters down below this very hard rock.
The untouched nature of things made him feel uncertain about even his bootprints, and he tried to step on hard rock, and avoid dust patches.
He knew what to expect finally, when the flame flared in incandescent violence and ate ravenously at the hard rock beneath.
He reached for the soil of his home, and felt hard rock, unyielding and dry, stone without pity, where only the strong could survive, only those as hard as the mountains.