That was just a put on! On top of that, like a lot of punks, I got into doom metal thanks to this band called Pentagram, who all of a sudden got kinda popular thanks to the release of a bunch of their early demos. That of course led me right to Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and any other band that could be labeled as heavy rock or proto-metal; and, since much of that came from or crosses over with psychedelia and progressive rock, well, you can figure out the rest.
I picture myself as the teenager with long hair and mutton chops, Stand Or Fall - Contrarian (4) - Minor Complexities (CD my denim vest, bell bottoms, and Dr. Got it? Their music was designed to be played on the jukebox at the local pubs that the blokes would go to after a long, hard day at the factory. Not enough dick jokes? On their previous album, Play It LoudSlade dressed like skinheads. However, while middle America could embrace an Alice Cooper, with his snakes and guillotines, and Kiss, with their over the top, Kabuki style make up and science fiction costumes, the Dolls were just a little too… gaaaa… girly.
But, unlike those other two bands, they eschewed the big, easy to remember choruses and celebratory feel, for a less overt pop song structure and tales of the shady characters they encountered on the streets of New York. But, before all that, Judas Priest was a Zeppelin-inspired heavy rock band, that came from Birmingham, England, the same working class, factory city from which Black Sabbath are from.
Before adopting the studs and leather from the gay clubs, singer Rob Halford, who sounds considerably calmer on Rocka Rollathan he would on later Priest albums, lead guitarists K. Downing with that hat, which makes him look like a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Judas Priest, however, no longer do. Their first album, Kick Out the Jamssounds like Blue Cheer, who are pretty pummeling, but nobody calls them punk. Jim Morrison acted pretty obnoxious, and nobody calls the Doors a punk band.
Some Communists they turned out to be, with their love of burgers and American muscle cars! Beats me. The songs on Back in the USA are short, punchy, and fast, and, with 11 of them, the album clocks in at a brisk 28 minutes, which is a stark departure from the heavy, psychedelic, bluesy metal of Kick Out the Jams.
And there are a few others as well that I quite enjoy. I mean a lot lot. And I suggest you do the same. Holms and drummer Cliff Davies. Can you believe that the Scorpions have been around sinceseven years before they released their heavy, psychedelic, progressive rock debut, Lonesome Crowwhich was produced by Kraut rock pioneer Conny Plank and features Michael Schenker, younger brother of rhythm guitarist Rudolph Schenker, on lead guitar?
Ian Hunter is David Bowie without the arty pretenses. They should have done the soundtrack for Phantom of the Paradise. And unlike Bowie, he writes good songs. The ingredients were just there. On top of that, I looove the Ken Kelly cover art, hooee! The fact is that Scottish hard rock legends Nazareth released a series of really great records, leading up to and past their big, commercial breakthrough Hair of the Dog.
I know that seems rather superficial because a good song is just a good song, but Nazareth understand how to adapt the music of folky, bluesy, singer-songwriter people to the hard rock format, and singer Dan McCafferty belts out the lyrics in that tough, yet melodic way, which shows just how much a really good singer can affect how a song sounds.
No diss on Leon Russell, mind you, whose version is a very good piece of country blues honky-tonk. As of this writing, it would have been four days short of two years since Lemmy passed away; that is, only four days after his 70th birthday. But, ohhhh, what a legacy he left behind! In general, though, Deep Purple have re-invented themselves has a heavy rock band, whose guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and Hammond organ playing keyboardist Jon Lord are foils of each other, while singer Ian Gillan shouts over the din, and bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice pound out aggressive, yet groovy beats.
Having been around since and releasing three LPs — Shades of Deep PurpleThe Book of Taliesynand Deep Purple — with original singer Rod Evans and original bassist Nick Simper, those two were told to take a hike, upon which, Evans formed Captain Beyond, and Simper joined Warhorse, and they were replaced by Gillan and Glover,who came from a psychedelic rock band called Episode Six, whose keyboardist and singer was this really hot chick named Gloria. Deep Purple then did a live album with an orchestra, appropriately titled Concerto for Group and Orchestraheard Led Zeppelin, and went the heavy route.
And I think that King Crimson have produced their share of unlistenable crap. On the other hand, King Crimson have also done some outstanding, genre-defining work. And it seems like they do it about once a decade. It is truly an ahead of its time record.
Blues rock trio from Texasssssss…. Then we went to the casino, and I lost a bunch of money playing the ZZ Top machine. REAL Nice! Sadly, in typical American record label fashion, tracks from Sweet Fanny Adams and its followup, Desolation Boulevardwere chopped off, combined with single songs, and placed onto a compilation album also called Desolation Boulevardthat was released in the States; and Americans were none the wiser.
I just described six out of the ten tracks. Oh, just listen to the album. PROOF that all you need to make your band really good is just hire a really good guitarist! But the fact remains that few compare to Schenker with his signature Flying V. Pick your favorite Schenker era album; mine is Force It. And, what a guitar tone!
By the time Rooster began making their second album, Death Walks Behind Youthey were a much heavier band, with John Du Cann, formerly of the Attack and Andromeda, playing the distorted power chords and taking over on lead vocals, and Paul Hammond, who might or might not be related to the guy who invented the Hammond organ, playing drums.
This WAS the 70s after all, and while some things looked cool, other things have dated. Most fans agree that Secret Treaties is probably their best album. But the guitars are distorted and hard edged, and Roeser plays basic, punky riffs, creepy little melodies.
Iggy and the Stooges — Raw Power — Columbia — Initially, Bowie wanted to help Iggy Pop start a new band, flying him over to England and auditioning new musicians for him, but then Iggy insisted that his buddy, guitarist James Williamson, fly over as well, and the Asheton bothers joined soon after. Of course, now the band was called Iggy and the Stooges, and they had new management and a new label, and Ron Asheton was moved over to bass, allowing James Williamson to take over his original spot, but the Stooges were back.
The kids today love their doom rock. Weigel, along with 3, fellow Yes-heads, Rush-oids, Tull freaks, and votaries of King Crimson—cultural underdogs all, twitching and grimacing with revenge-of-the-nerds excitement—is at the port of Miami, about to embark on a five-day progressive-rock-themed cruise: a floating orgy of some of the most despised music ever produced by long-haired white men.
Do you like prog rock, the extravagantly conceptual and wildly technical post-psychedelic subgenre that ruled the world for about 30 seconds in the early s before being torn to pieces by the starving street dogs of punk rock? Johnny Rotten. Do you like the proggers, with their terrible pampered proficiency, their priestly robes, and their air—once they get behind their instruments—of an inverted, almost abscessed Englishness?
Actually, Mr. Hated, dated, sonically superannuated … One could enjoy prog ironically, I suppose—listen to it with a drooping and decadent ear, getting off on the fabulous obsolescence, etc. Prog as a wild chamber of experimentation, a sci-fi trespass across the limits of popular music, driving clear of fashion and orbiting the Earth forever.
Anyway thanks for the tips and when I get some free time probably commuting! I, Frank Kogan — or I, Frank Kogan, back as a teenager — penetrate to the essence of the token jazz album. Listen, Kind Of Blue is for the serious jazz dabbler. I mean, you guys I mean, the guys who bought Kind Of Blue without followupbought it because it topped some poll, right? Or because it was recommended to you, or something? Whereas I, as the pure token of tokenism, got jazz not even because it was jazz, but because it was the cutting edge of whatever it was the cutting edge of the Revolution?
Well, it was on Columbia Records followed on by the cutting edge of what used to matter, also on Columbia, iirc :. And the elephant! How was someone like, say, Big Joe Turner classified in the s? Data note: Otis Ferguson died considered Fred Astaire a jazz figure probably more for dancing than singing, but also taken as a whole. Question 3: The role of improvisation and length of solos had a lot to do with the reconfiguring, right? And making a fetish of them? Also, the role of dance.
Question 4: What about singers? Or am I wrong about that? Prior to c. And more still when they got into a big law-suit, about who owned and should be paid for the titles being recorded.
Swing would become in the mids more a term for a whiter brand of music after Benny Goodman had his first breakthrough with white college kids via live radio broadcastsand became the King of Swing. He and A. Spellman laid down the line on this very effectively in the 60s and Jones called his book Blues People : prior to this highly effective, highly political move, I suspect critical pedantry re genre-terms was more to do with intra-scribe squabbles than anything else.
But alongside the fashion for bop, there was a significant post-war retro wave, a return to Hot Jazz and 20s Jazz which never featured long solos. The important dividing line in record marketing after the 50s was between singles and albums: this was a conscious decision and plan by the record companies, as much as anything as a way to get people to buy into the new formats 45s and 33s and to some extent to to re-buy material they already had.
There was a wave of high end improvising and scat singers, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald most obviously, who somewhat redefined what jazz singing was going to be i. Is Sinatra a jazz singer? Some of the reason for this divide was I suspect simply practical: the musics increasingly existed on different circuits, maintained by different bureaucracies at the labels and the radio and Tv stations, and on the whole supported by Stand Or Fall - Contrarian (4) - Minor Complexities (CD listenerships.
Among other things, Bitches Brew is an attempt by Miles to refuse to be making a music defined against rock. Name Required. Mail Required Your email address will not be published. Freaky Trigger Est. The feud was not a dignified one. This is a placeholder entry for its discussion thread and mark. Who would you keep? Who would you drop?
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Aside from the fact that I somehow thought Caustic Casanova would enjoy coming in a number 42, the sheer quality of this stuff should tell you what kind of year was. The Devil and the Almighty Blues, Duel and Uffe Lorenzen and Hazemaze were musts here, and Ogre are perennial favorites whose work always brings a doomly grin. Reviewed Sept. Released by Septaphonic Records. Reviewed Dec. Released by Ripple Music. Reviewed Nov. Released by Blues Funeral Recordings. Reviewed Oct.
I could be playing Resident Evil! One looks forward to the next generation. Released by Season of Mist. Reviewed March How is that not a win?
Reviewed July Released through Grimoire Records. Discussed Nov. Though hard- and to-date quick-working Maryland trio Yatra have already moved on and are looking ahead to releasing their second album, Blood of the Night review heretheir Grimoire-delivered debut, Death Ritualis impossible to ignore for the impact it had on reminding listeners of the impact that primeval extreme sludge can have.
Released by Heavy Psych Sounds. For the Masses. Stand Or Fall - Contrarian (4) - Minor Complexities (CD shows are the masses — gatherings of spirit and song to give praise to the willful expansion of mind. This is a high-potency happening for werewolves on motorcycles and freaks of all stripes. Get weird stay weird. But for the circumstances that brought it about — i.
Whether or not they do anything else, IV was a triumph in spirit and execution. Reviewed June 7. Their debut, Bleed the Days review herewas well received, and rightly so, but operated more in a straight-ahead doom sphere.
The second outing, by contrast, delved into a particular vision of the style informed by the crunch of peak-era New York noise and crossover hardcore, and it succeeded not just because it did this, but because it did so around a conjuration of memorable riffs and tracks building on Album) carried over from its predecessor. Will theirs be a blueprint others will follow? Released by Napalm Records. Reviewed Feb. Reviewed June Holy Shit showed just how singular a player Glass was and is, and how much character there is in his style, particularly in solos, but also in rhythmic changes, and so on.
Released by Fuzzorama Records. Reviewed May This was a heavy rock record that had everything. It had songs, style, ups, down, purples, greens, ins, outs, all kinds of whathaveyou. Riffs forever. Valley of the Sun should keep their eyes on Sasquatch, because if they want it, that path is theirs. I know the Cincinnati outfit have had trouble keeping lineups together, but if they can hold onto one, and maybe after their next record start touring more, domestically and abroad — not at all a minor ask, I know — then people will catch on.
Released by New Heavy Sounds. Their songs across the minute span unfold with the grace of a gravity spiral, pulling the listener deeper into the proceedings with each new phase that emerges until, what, obliteration? Stellar genesis? Released by 20 Buck Stand Or Fall - Contrarian (4) - Minor Complexities (CD.
Reviewed April 3. And honestly, they make a pretty good case for it. If you can find a backpatch, buy it.
Well, probably not, but at very least some respectful disagreement on my part. Sorry guys. An LP by any other name? Released by Kozmik Artifactz. Reviewed Jan. As hyper-crowded as London is with bands at this moment in history, there continue to be acts who sneak through with an individualized and intriguing perspective on doom and heavy rock, and Green Lung are a perfect example, learning from fellow Brits like Alunah and Elephant Tree and incorporating folk and forest goth vibes to their debut album, Woodland Rites.
Woodland Rites is nothing less than the heavy rock debut album of the year, and though they emerge from a packed field, the work they do to stand themselves out already carries their mark and an apparent will toward progression. Released by Aqualamb Records.
Reviewed May 9. Nonetheless, Subtle is their clearest, sharpest-edged work yet, and as tight as their songwriting has become, they still groove and groove mightily. They are a treasure of American heavy rock and roll. Believe it. While members of Roadsaw have spent the intervening years in projects like Kind, White Dynomite, Sasquatch and Murcielago, the Boston heavy rock kingpins have indeed been missed, and Tinnitus the Night works quickly to show why.
To say the songs deserve that is putting it mildly. Released by Tee Pee Records. Reviewed April Few, if any, can write a song like Worshipper can. I mean it. This band is something special. What is there to say about Solace? A band who, nine years after revealing the expectation-slaughtering masterpiece A. This band is explosive. Like, they might explode at any minute. From me to them. Do another one. Go ahead. Put out another album. Do it So do it, guys. Step up and take advantage of the moment.
Give me another Solace record. I dare you. Simply a case of a band wildly outdoing themselves. Easy story, yeah? In some ways, maybe, but the truth of what Brume achieve on Rabbits. So yes, a band outdoing themselves. But so much more too. Released by Listenable Records. Their blend of melody and tonal heft has become a hallmark of their work to this stage in their career, but The Task Eternal continues to add a sense of breadth to the proceedings, giving their sound a full three-dimensional pull that feels tailor-made for headphones and is consuming in its entirety.
Outdoing themselves would seem to be the task from which the record derives its title. Just keep going. Released by Svart Records. Every time I think I understand where Kings Destroy want to go as a band, they pull the rug out. After their self-titled review here third LP seemed to declare them once and for all in a space between doom and noise rooted in their respective hardcore pasts, the Brooklynite five-piece hooked up with producer David Bottrill Tool, etc.
A real live rock album! With progressive undertones in the guitar work and the most accomplished melodicism of their career, Kings Destroy put everything they had into making Fantasma Nera and one need look no further than the title-track to hear the result of that monumental effort. Song of the year. Released by Elektrohasch Schallplatten. Fact is my lists are lucky to have them.
Released by RidingEasy Records. Like nothing else I heard inVeils of Winter had repeat listenability. It was the album that, most often, when I was choosing something I actually wanted to hear, I went back to time and again. Whatever they want, really. Released by Black Bow Records. The answer is in the songs themselves.
How could something so utterly crushing also feel rejuvenating? Released by Prophecy Productions. For a two-person, two-instrument outfit not counting voice, though I shouldthey proved more malleable than many with more than twice the number of hands on deck, and pushed the notion of what heavy rock is and does forward without stopping to look back or ask for permission. They just did it, and maybe Ash and Dust is the aftermath of all that burning.
Released by Relapse Records. No Comfort means no comfort. Monolord take their place among the best bands on the planet, and deliver an Album of the Year for that, like the absolute best, will have an impact lasting much longer than any period of 12 months might convey. Come on. You know me better than that. How high is the list supposed to go and still be a list? Bottom line: Music is as endless as space and has as much beauty in it for those willing to hear.
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