Ask the typical American rock fan about German music, and most likely you will get a blank stare, or perhaps some talk about Kraftwerk. While it’s true that bands like Kraftwerk and Can helped lay the groundwork for techno and art-rock, Germany has spawned some of the world’s greatest guitar bands as well. Beginning with The Scorpions, who released their first proper album in 1972, German rock has had hard-rock strains that stand up to the best heavy metal from other countries. Don’t believe it? Then check out the following German bands, all of whom deserve a prime spot in the heavy metal pantheon.