Tag Archives: proto-metal

Fuzz – II (In The Red)

All hail the Fuzz. What happens when you holler as loud as you can? Unless you’re a trained opera singer, your voice distorts. It was inevitable in rock ‘n’ roll that the Gibson Maestro Fuzz-Tone (FZ-1) pedal and Red Rhodes fuzz … Continue reading

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Psych Prog in the Hall Of Fame

When the nominees for the 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame were announced last week, voting was also opened to the public. While millions of people will vote for a top 5 ballot that will only count for one … Continue reading

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The Birth Of Metal

Was heavy metal invented by a single band? Was it dreamed up by a journalist? Was it born on a particular album, perhaps premature and deformed, denied by its parents and returned to live in an orphanage until it was … Continue reading

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Sacri Monti – Sacri Monti (Tee Pee)

It’s official, Tee Pee is on a roll. While last year Detroit’s Small Stone had a remarkable run of releases for such a small label, rivaled only by the UK’s Rise Above, this year is all about the New York … Continue reading

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Hard Rock Ascending

Anyone watching That Metal Show can be forgiven for thinking hard rock is dead. Eddie Trunk smooching the wrinkled asses of washed-up rockers is not a pretty sight, and their focus seems to be forever on side projects of former … Continue reading

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Demon Eye – Tempora Infernalia (Soulseller)

With the average time span between album releases being somewhere between three and four years these days, it’s kind of thrilling when a favorite new band follows up their debut with another album in just a year. You’d think it … Continue reading

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The Well – Samsara (RidingEasy)

The Well – Samsara (RidingEasy, 2014) Small Stone isn’t the only indie heavy rock label that’s ablaze with a string of great releases. RidingEasy Records (they had to change their name from Easy Rider for legal reasons) looks at first … Continue reading

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Demons, Fairies & Wailing Guitars: The Best 100 Obscure Rock Acts 1968-1976 by Ra’anan Chelled

I’ve been exhausted this week from staying up too late every night reading a book originally written in Hebrew. No, I’m not studying the Torah, but I am worshiping a certain variety of gods in the form of Demons, Fairies & … Continue reading

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell – Don’t Hear It… Fear It! (Rise Above/Metal Blade)

Captain Crimson isn’t the only proto-metal influenced band to release an album this week. Admiral Sir Cloudesely Shovell sounds like they should be a poncey revivalist act dressing up in Sgt. Pepper outfits and playing eccentric 60s psychedelia. But they’re … Continue reading

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New Album of the Week: Captain Crimson – Dancing Madly Backwards (Transubstans)

It’s interesting to hear initial reactions from people who are unfamiliar with Sweden’s greatest rock exports like Graveyard and Witchcraft. Many exclaim, “ooh, Led Zeppelin”  but with perhaps mixed feelings. After all, it could dredge up bad memories of Whitesnake … Continue reading

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