10 albums that changed the face of rock music

Since its conception, Rock Music has undergone a number of facelifts and body retouching. But everything from the carefree ballad of rock n’ roll to the muddy oppression of doom metal shares a common ancestor: the blues. Evolution and divergence from this point of origin resulted in an ever-expanding genome of musical wonder.

While there are a slew of records that contributed to innovation, there was a specific moment in time that housed the most influential sounds ever crafted. Rock music as we know it had its creative explosion in the 60s. The counterculture movement of the 60s forever changed the way music would be approached and created. Mind-altering substances, political and social revolution, and the desire for alternative lifestyles have all driven innovation. From then on, the door to musical possibilities was blown off its hinges using high-powered amplifiers.

It was the albums that changed everything. Whether you enjoy a frenetic mosh pit or just a damn good song, these records are responsible for the cultural shift that has made all your musical desires possible.

Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album introduced a new form of rock music to the world. Tommy Iommi masked his blues-inspired licks with plenty of distortion and tuned guitar. Metal was born, and with it, an ominous dread would always have its place on the fretboard.

Although this record opened up new realms of musical hell, it paled in comparison to the band’s next release. If Black Sabbath gave birth to metal, then Paranoid made it the beast it would become. The eerie sadness and sadness of Sabbath’s debut set the tone, but the band’s follow-up proved that sadness and sadness could be melodious. Epics like War Pigs, Iron Man, and Paranoid were as gripping as they were heavy. And then there is Planet Caravan. It was blues-infused psychedelia, augmented with a hint of Latin music, thanks to a subtle application of a conga drum.

One moment you’re floating in bliss, the next you’re battling the metal beast, Iron Man. Metalheads, grunge fans and alternative rockers have this album to thank for generations of musicians who have lowered their strings and cranked up their amps.