To say that Led Zeppelin invented heavy metal is like saying Einstein was good with numbers.
It’s true enough that the quartet influenced an entire generation of heavy rockers, but to suggest Led Zep’s music was therefore equivalent to run-of-the-mill heavy metal would be like blaming the theory of relativity for all the bad science fiction in the world.
Certainly the Led Zeppelin canon had heft. From the galloping rumble of "Whole Lotta Love” to the swaggering, bluesy howl of "Black Dog” to the oriental exoticisms of "Kashmir,” Led Zeppelin’s sound was larger than life in ways other bands could hardly hope to emulate.
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