Wagnerian Rock
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Wagnerian Rock

Wagnerian rock is the merger of 20th-century rock and roll and 19th-century opera reminiscent of Richard Wagner or Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. The term was coined by writer and producer Jim Steinman (to describe Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums)[1][2] and is sometimes used ambiguously in rock writing, referring to a bombastic Teutonic style, or fantasy lyrics. Artists and works described as Wagnerian include Spector, Patti Russo, Bonnie Tyler's Faster Than the Speed of Night, progressive metal band Savatage, Pandora's Box's Original Sin,[3]progressive rock bands Pink Floyd and King Crimson,[4] and German industrial metal band Rammstein.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Crawford, Jeff (March 3, 2004). "'Old Ham' using his loaf". Messenger - Guardian.
  2. ^ Brearley, David; Waldren, Murray; Butler, Mark; Shedden, Iain (August 9, 2003). "25 classic albums that never get played...and the 25 good reasons why not - ROCK monuments". Weekend Australian.
  3. ^ "Critics' Voices". Time Magazine. December 1, 2006. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Harrington, Richard (March 20, 1992). "King Crimson: Reign of Wagnerian Rock". Washington Post.
  5. ^ Cottingham, Chris (Jan 29, 2005). "Tap into the zeitgeist". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010.

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