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Top 10 Loudest Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Bands

Consistent volume noted at live performances, 'cause the volume you play it over your stereo can't count, right?
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    1Mötorhead In 1986 Scott Cohen published an article for Spin magazine entitled "Motörhead is the Loudest Band on Earth". In this article, Cohen mentions an undated concert when the Cleveland Variet
    Motorhead, just so we're clear
    The Cleveland Variety Theatre was damaged when Motorhead reached a reported decibel level of 130
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  • 2The Who In 1976 they earned a place in The Guinness Book of World Records for achieving a measured 126 dB roughly 100 feet from stage at the Valley, a London sports arena.
  • 3MC5 According to their manger John Sinclair, Detroit's MC5 were so loud they practiced with their Marshall 4x12 cabinets face-down flat on the ground.
  • 4AC/DC During the Back in Black tour, the group did a series of concerts measured at 130 dB.
  • 5Deep Purple The Guinness Book of World Records crowned Deep Purple the world's loudest band after a 1972 concert at London's 3,000-seat Rainbow Theatre that rendered three fans unconscious with the i
    he intense pressure created by 117 dB of sound in an enclosed space
  • 6Manowar Scored Guinness' recognition for the loudest musical performance at 129.5 db in 1984 which they claim to have reached or exceeded in 1994. Unfortunately, by then Guinness had stopped includin
    Guinness had stopped including a category for world's loudest band, supposedly because of the dangers of hearing damage caused by record seekers.
  • 7Foo Fighters When the Foo Fighters played in New Zealand on December 13, 2011, their concert was recorded on the GeoNet seismograph (meant to measure earthquakes) for the duration of the gig.
  • 8Led Zeppelin The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has already proven Zep's big sound credibility by measuring a performance of "Heartbreaker" at 130 dB.
  • 9KISS Performed a concert in 2009 in Ottawa, where the group was reportedly hit 136 dB and were forced to turn down after police responded to complaints from area residents outside the arena.
  • 10Leftfield British electronica group Leftfield played at an excruciating 137 dB in June 1996 at South London's Brixton Academy, where chunks of plaster and dust began raining on the audience.

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