Posts Tagged ‘heavy 70′s’
Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013
Praise for Glitter Wizard‘s Hunting Gatherers from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We thumbed up the spacey synthy glitter-glam garage retro not-really-metal of this SF band’s Siltbreeze 7″ a while back, but then somehow skipped over reviewing their subsequent full-length, and are even a little behind the times in getting to this new LP of theirs too, but that’s ok ’cause the Glitter Wizard guys are also behind the times.
Or maybe way out futuristically in front, way out anyway, again using ’60s and ’70s rock inspirations like Deep Purple, Hawkwind, The Doors, Bloodrock, Black Widow, and Iron Butterfly to help formulate their super groovy, more wizardly-than-thou sound, one that’s got lotsa synth, jamming electric organ, some flute and sax. Along with catchy riffs and amusing lyrics, often gleefully unserious (“I don’t worship the Devil, the Devil worships me”). Our kind of entertainment!
There’s one little hushed-folky-trippy-acoustic number, ‘Sunlit Wolves’, but otherwise most of the trax are swaggering rockers, such as ‘Wizard Wagon’ (about the singer’s van, it would seem) which definitely has hit potential, in our world anyway.
‘Motorider’ reminds us of both The Stooges and Steppenwolf, and when they get heavier on the 7+ minute ‘Space’ it sorta sounds like an agitated Om with keyboards. Album-closer ‘Big Sur’ also has that Om / Sleep vibe, due to the chant-like vox and slomo swinging plod. It’s another long one, the longest here at close to 9 minutes, and so about half way through stops plodding and starts ripping and rollicking, reminding us more of early early Sabbath, like back when Sabbath covered Crow’s ‘Evil Woman’ on their first single.
That said, though, mostly Glitter Wizard doesn’t even seem all that heavy or metal or even proto-metal. They’re retro-proto-proto-metal maybe? Definitely G. Wiz love their ’60s sounds but do their own cool new thing with that, rather than going for some kind of Nuggets redux. For fans of Blood Ceremony (minus the female vox and much of the metal) and Danava and Mammatus when they do get heavy-ish.
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Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2013
Praise for Bolder Damn‘s Mourning from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Bolder Damn‘s only album, Mourning, came out originally on vinyl in 1972 in a scant pressing of only 200 copies. We actually reviewed a previous reissue of it (the band’s own self-released ’25th anniversary’ CD from 1996) way back when, ...read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: I don’t know if you caught any of the excellent shows on the BBC recently about classic albums and the enduring magic of vinyl? Hosted by an effusive and engaging Danny Baker, they had me going back to my dusty shelves and pulling out long neglected ...read more
Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013
Every Monday morning we’ll post a kick-ass song to get your week going.
Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
Praise for Coloured Balls‘ Ball Power from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Of the ’70s heavy rock releases from Australia of which we’re aware, the two albums by a band called Coloured Balls stand out as being crucial to connoisseurs of loud guitar rock (along with the mighty Buffalo, of course). This ...read more
Posted on Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Praise for Troubled Horse‘s Step Inside from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The new, five years in the making Witchcraft album is indeed awesome. But OLD Witchcraft, we still love too of course. So how ’bout some new old Witchcraft, sort of, in the form of the long awaited full-length debut ...read more
Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The only thing that’s ever been guaranteed when it comes to Texas-based classic heavy rockers Blood of the Sun is quality. Granted, if you have to make a guarantee, that’s a good place to start, but throughout the band’s decade-long tenure, they’ve been through lineup ...read more
Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Once upon a time, in a land far away (Japan actually) there once lived a label called Leaf Hound. With a name taken from one of the most influential Seventies rock groups, they put out a universally excellent series of releases new and old, ...read more
Posted on Sunday, August 12th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Oh, so you have a band, that’s great. Wow, look how many notes you can play and how many times you can change tempo…and your songs have so many parts…I’m impressed!!! Now please unplug your instruments, step aside and let Lord Fowl show you just ...read more
Posted on Sunday, July 29th, 2012
Praise for Wicked Lady‘s Psychotic Overkil from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: As promised last list, here’s the second of the two volumes of collected wah-wah overload and heavy fuzz freakout from this legendary underground UK hard psych power trio, circa 1969-1972, who were doomy and proto-metallic, but also fairly melodic ...read more