Heavy Metal World Records: Five of the Loudest Bands Ever
From the get-go, these Aussie maniacs were set on becoming the world's loudest band with the help of Angus Young's Gibson SG-powered wall of amps. During the Back in Black tour, AC/DC hit 130 dB, but had to lower it a few notches due to promoter complaints.
These veterans of speed metal have always known they were louder than the rest -- just give a listen to their third album, Everything Louder Than Everyone Else. And with Lemmy's thrashing bass playing, the band regularly hits between 120-123 dB.
At London's 3,000-seat Rainbow Theater in 1972, Deep Purple's 117 dB of sound in such a small space left three fans unconscious. Of course, The Guinness Book of World Records took notice and crowned Deep Purple the world's loudest band.
In 1969, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association measured Zep's performance of "Heartbreak" at 130 dB.
These New York metal legends ruined the metal record book for everybody else--in 1984, Guinness recognized them for the loudest musical performance on the books at 129.5 dB. Perhaps realizing that the record offered some dangerous hearing-damage incentives, Gunness stopped tracking this particular world record soon after.
During a 2009 show, Gene Simmons and company reportedly clocked in at 136 dB but were forced to turn it down after the police responded to neighborhood complaints.
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