Sound Barrier and Black Death emerged as the first all-Black hard rock and metal bands in the 1980's! Thank you!

Black Death arose in 1977: Siki Spacek (guitarist/vocalist), Phil Bullard (percussion), Darryl Harris on bass and rhythm guitarist Greg Hicks. They're nicknamed "Hell's Headbangers".

This is Sound Barrier from L.A.!

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Bernie Kimbell, Tracey Singleton, Dave Brown and Stanley E. were the first African-American metal band to be majorly signed (debut album Total Control was on MCA Records)!

Sadly, Brown passed away in 2013. Let's give them a metal headbang for applause.

Tom Morello organized a reunion in 2017 with SB's remaining members! Check it out! Right on, Sound Barrier!

Living Colour emerged out of New York with a distinctly rock/funk-metal sound that still suits the times. They're in our Rock section too!

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Vocalist Corey Glover has our eternal respect. Will Calhoun holds it down for LC's percussion with bassist Doug Wimbish. Vernon Reid is a fantastic guitarist, plus a co-founder in Black Rock Coalition!

Vivid, Time's Up and Collideøscope are formative influences for so many Black musicians who play this style today.

24-7 Spyz fused funk, metal and rap as a 1986 band with P. Fluid, shredder-singer Jimi Hazel, bassist Rick Skatore, and drummer Kindu Phibes.

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Metalcore is an organic mixture from genres within and outside heavy music! It began to take hold in early 1990. God Forbid toured with metal's realest from Candiria and Opeth to Overkill, Living Colour too!

Reject The Sickness followed more successful gigs for the band in 1999. Airwaves had God Forbid on full blast, doors further opened as we heard metal, their potential.

Killswitch Engage, Fishbone, Sevendust, Living Colour, King's X, God Forbid and Total Sexual Freedom gave their all. You can chart Black rockers' glory in metal history. 'Mid-2000's arrived, and metal proliferated!

No longer was it just white people's music even in public perception. We were here. Metal has been revitalized through many beautiful subgenres. Tosin Abasi created Animals as Leaders in 2007: a magnificent metalcore/djent guitarist alongside Javier Reyes and percussionist Matt Garstka.

He also owns Abasi Concepts, which is on N. Kali's Black-owned labels and music companies list! There's young metalheads with the brightest futures ahead of them.

Tetrarch (Napalm Records) with Diamond Rowe's been killing it since 2007 too! Kim interviewed her in early September 2020! She's also one of the 40 rock-hers shaking it up! Metal is Black Rockers United.

We honor these metalheads forever.




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