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July 16, 2012: Fault Line by Deep Purple.
RIP Jon Lord. 1941-2012.
(Also, click here for my favorite Deep Purple song.)
June 29, 2012: Electric Wizard-Wooden Pipe by Electric Wizard.
Electric Wizard are a doom/stoner metal band from Dorset, England that formed in 1993. The band has a distinct yet traditional doom metal sound that incorporates stoner and sludge traits, with lyrics typically involving the occult, witchcraft, H.P. Lovecraft, horror films and marijuana. In 1995 the band signed to Rise Above Records and released their self-titled debut album. “Electric Wizard-Wooden Pipe” is the final track on the record.
June 4, 2012: Pavement Artist by Iron Claw.
Iron Claw was a Scottish proto-doom metal/blues/art rock band formed in 1969. The band never officially released an album, but the bulk of their recorded output finally saw the light of day in 2009, on a self-titled compilation release.
May 3, 2012: Satori Part 1 by Flower Travellin’ Band.
Flower Travellin’ band was a heavy psych group formed in the late 60s in Tokyo, Japan. The band was initially started as a side-project by Yuya Uchida when he returned to Japan after visiting his friend John Lennon in England in the mid 1960s, where he was introduced to various upcoming artists such as Cream and Jimi Hendrix. Yuya wanted to introduce a similar sound to the Japanese, and formed the “Flowers” as a cover band. In 1969, Yuya dropped all the original members and formed a new lineup that included singer Joe Yamanaka. Satori, their first album of all original material, was released in 1971.
April 17, 2012: Chasing Shadows by Deep Purple.
English rock group Deep Purple are considered to be one of the pioneers of heavy metal and hard rock. They underwent multiple lineup changes over the years, and while their music can be hit and miss at times for me, some of their earlier work is incredible, including this great cut off their third album, Deep Purple III, from 1969.
April 6, 2012: SIgn of the Wolf by Pentagram.
I saw the new documentary, Last Days Here, about Pentagram singer Bobby Liebling last night, man was that depressing. What’s NOT depressing is this awesome heavy metal cut off their self-titled debut from 1985.
March 11, 2012: Black Widow by Force.
Force was a doom metal band that had alternating male and female vocalists. In 1994, they released a split LP with Obstination, and apparently some producer mislabeled most of their songs on the LP as being by “Rat Salad,” even though their name was Force. This is all I know about the band, so if anyone has additional info, message me! What really matters is how awesome the song is, which you should listen to right now.
February 2, 2012: Brainstorm by Hawkwind.
Hawkind are one of the earliest space rock groups, forming in England in 1969. They are considered a precursor to punk rock and a link between the hippie and heavy metal movements. Right before they recorded their third album, Doremi Fasol Latido, Lemmy—yes, the Lemmy— joined the band on bass. (He’d later be kicked out of the band for being too much of a “Speed Freak.”) This is a live version of the opening track off that album.
(Note: I tried to post the original studio version, but at just under 12 minutes Tumblr said it was too large. If you want to hear the full, original song, you’ll just have to buy the album— which you should do anyway, it’s awesome!)
January 29, 2012: Kuen Kuen Lueng Lueng by Sroeng Santi.
Sroeng Santi was a Thai psych-rocker who died tragically in a car accident in 1982. This strange and amazing track is a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” with altered lyrics that have Santi singing his concerns about Thailand’s economy. The obscure track would fit perfectly on one of the Stones Throw Psych/Funk or Numero Group’s Cult Cargo compilations. A must listen for fans of psych and Sabbath.