Hard rockers, this one’s for you

In the past couple of months, I’ve had folks recommend Slipknot and Linkin Park and other “nu metal” bands to me since I’m constantly on the hunt for new cool tunes.  This blog entry is for you guys, since I think — just maybe — you haven’t had a chance to dig into some of the roots of the music you love so much.   So here’s a blog entry dedicated to one of first heavy metal bands — and arguable the best of all time — Led Zeppelin.

ledzeppelinledzeppelinalbumcoverI was just listening to their first album, and if you’re a Led Zep newbie, this is where you should start.   Led Zeppelin I has some of the best hard tunes of all-time, including “Good Time Bad Times” and “Dazed and Confused.”  It’s angry, raw, and totally rockin’.  It was recorded 40 years ago, so you might think it would feel old and lame and utterly irrelevant.  Totally not the case.  The songs are all about the ladies (for good or bad), so they stand the test of time.  The music is some of the best old metal out there.

Led Zeppelin II picks up where I left off.  More full-tilt bluesy-rock, with classics like “Whole Lotta Love” and the drum-tastic instrumental “Moby Dick.”  Led Zeppelin III is a little different, with a more folky sound and a greater emphasis on storytelling.  Still, rockers will love tracks like “Immigrant Song” and “Celebration Day.”  And Led Zeppelin IV (also called Zoso)?  Well, that’s got some of the band’s most recognizable songs, including “Black Dog,” “Rock and Roll,” and the ridiculously over-played “Stairway to Heaven.”  Even if you think “Stairway” sucks (which — by the way — I do), you rockers will love almost all the other tracks on this disc.

ledzeppelinfoursymbolsSo take a break from Slipknot and Linkin Park, and get in touch with some metal classics.