Led Zeppelin had a profound impact on the rock world, and their influence can still be felt today. They helped to establish the hard rock and heavy metal genres, and the music was characterized by heavy riffs, distorted guitar sounds, and thunderous drumming, which helped to define the sound of hard rock and heavy metal.
Led Zeppelin’s music was inventive and complicated in addition to being heavy; this led to new degrees of musical intricacy being established. They experimented with odd time signatures and song structures while fusing blues, folk, and world music components with rock. This contributed to extending the potential of rock music.
However, it took some time for Led Zeppelin to come up with an album of all its original material. The first four albums always featured traditional old songs and their covers. According to Far Out Magazine, Although the band took the first few lines of Willie Dixon’s song “Whole Lotta Love” for their own use, Plant claimed that they were “happily paid for” it when Dixon’s estate filed a lawsuit against the band for copyright infringement.
Houses of the Holy is the fifth studio album by Led Zeppelin and it was their very first album that didn’t feature any cover materials. It was a truly original creation of their own. The album was recorded between 1971 and 1972 in a number of locales, including Stargroves, a country house in England, and Electric Lady Studios in New York City, and was produced by the band’s guitarist, Jimmy Page. Hard rock, heavy metal, folk, funk, and reggae are among the musical genres represented on the album, which is renowned for its experimentation and inventive use of recording methods. It also includes the famous Hipgnosis artwork showing naked kids scaling the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
About the album Plant has recalled, “We really did attempt to break the mold of the previous Zeppelin albums to create something as diverse as possible.” The popular songs “The Song Remains the Same,” “The Rain Song,” and “D’yer Mak’er” are among the album’s eight tracks. The song “No Quarter,” which is renowned for its atmospheric piano work and intricate time signature alterations, is also included.
On Houses of the Holy, there is still a lot of rock music, but its best moments occur when the band experiments with different musical genres. The acoustic guitars are all that are used in “Over the Hills and Far Away,” which is the same easygoing folk ballad that Zeppelin had been honing on songs like “Going to California.”
Houses of the Holy” was a commercial and critical triumph, peaking at No. 1 on the charts in a number of nations, including the US and the UK. One of Led Zeppelin’s best albums, the one that has since earned an 11-time platinum certification in the US. Its wide variety of musical genres, cutting-edge production, and famous artwork still have an impact on and inspire musicians today.