Wagnerian rock is a musical term coined by writer and producer Jim Steinman. Amongst writers and reviewers, the term is used to refer to a merger of twentieth century rock and roll and nineteenth-century opera reminiscent of Richard Wagner and of Spector's "Wall of Sound". The music of several other rock artists has been referred to as Wagnerian rock, or simply Wagnerian. The word is sometimes used rather ambiguously in rock writing, referring to such things as bombast, Teutonic style or fantasy lyrics. The term has been applied to music by such diverse artists as progressive metal band Savatage; alternative band Evanescence; noted producer and songwriter Phil Spector; progressive rock bands Pink Floyd and King Crimson; and German industrial metal band Rammstein. However, the genre is mostly used to determine the style of Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell trilogy. Bruce Springsteen's album Born to Run is often compared to the music of the first Bat Out of Hell album.
Most Wagnerian albums are by the American vocalist Meat Loaf.
- Bat Out of Hell, the 1977 album by Meat Loaf
- Bad for Good the 1981 album by Jim Steinman
- Dead Ringer, the 1981 album by Meat Loaf
- Faster Than the Speed of Night, the 1983 album by Bonnie Tyler
- Original Sin, the 1989 album by Pandora's Box
- Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, the 1993 album by Meat Loaf
- Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, the 2006 album by Meat Loaf
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- "Critics' Voices". Time Magazine. December 1, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
- Harrington, Richard (March 20, 1992). "King Crimson: Reign of Wagnerian Rock". Washington Post.
- Cottingham, Chris (Jan 29, 2005). "Tap into the zeitgeist". The Guardian. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
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