Monday, May 10, 2010

A Sabbathless Sabbath

When people talk about the origins of heavy metal, they rattle off the obvious picks like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, and Alice Cooper. They might dig back into the 60s with groups like Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Blue Cheer, and Iron Butterfly. They may even go into groups like Budgie, UFO, Uriah Heep and Thin Lizzy. However, besides the popular aforementioned acts, and before the modern day explosion out of the UK in the late 70s and early 80s, there were a number of heavy albums released by hard rock or proto metal acts, taking psychedelic blues and mixing it with sludgy guitars and a pounding rhythm. Following are a number of bands that laid the groundwork for the heavy metal explosion which followed, along with the year of their first album. Enjoy your taste of early heavy metal.

Warpig (1970)

Bloodrock (1970)

Lucifer's Friend (1971)

Dust (1971)

Leaf Hound (1971)

Captain Beyond (1972)

Hard Stuff (1972)

Mahogany Rush (1972)

Buffalo (1972)

Night Sun (1972)

And here's a couple of tracks from bands that toured but did not release their recordings until a few decades after the fact.

Iron Claw


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