Today the heavy metal scene in Canada is thriving. When the genre was still finding its footing, there were several rock bands that were major influences. Some of them continue to inspire new metal bands to this day.
The group Steppenwolf became popular during the late 1960s. They gained international recognition thanks to their hit track, Born To Be Wild. It was used in the American biker movie Easy Rider. The song features a catchy guitar hook and a groove infused bass line. The success of Steppenwolf inspired other bands to experiment with heavy rock sounds.
Rush is one of the biggest rock groups of all time. Over the past 50 years they have released a plethora of hit albums and singles. This includes the revered tracks Tom Sawyer and The Spirit Of The Radio. These songs have very fast rhythmic guitars, a staple of heavy metal. They also contain guitar solos and heavy drum beats.
Rush is still one of the most successful and critically lauded bands to come out of Canada and have a fairly broad popularity. This is due to their willingness to experiment. A number of their albums contain keyboard and synth sounds. Later metal bands have also fused electronica elements with rock. Rush created a number of concept albums. One them, 2112 has been particularly influential to the Canadian heavy metal scene.
Bachman–Turner Overdrive dominated the Canadian rock scene during the 1970s. Their biggest hit was You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet which earned them global fame. This band showed future metal bands that catchy hooks are important.
While Bryan Adams is more associated with pop, his contributions to heavier rock should not be forgotten. Adams’ earlier work was much more in keeping with the metal genre. He mixed pop friendly clean sounds with sustained guitar solos. This helped to give metal a broader appeal.