Originally Posted by Cosmic Harmony
Sabbath is the quintessential metal band that has influenced so many people but I feel like Deep Purple influenced 70's hard rock and metal more than Sabbath did in the sense that there really weren't too many other slow, doomsday sort of metal bands like Sabbath. Whereas Deep Purple had a wider style that reached more different people.
I agree. Black Sabbath has demonstrated more staying power but Deep Purple was the much bigger and more popular band when the seeds of heavy metal were being sown. Deep Purple should therefore have been more influential at the time.