proto-metal

Primitive Origins: Bloodrock’s ‘Bloodrock’

July 15, 2021

Mining Bloodrock‘s self-titled album from 1970 to determine its metallic quantities and qualities.

Primitive Origins: The Power of Zeus’ ‘The Gospel According to Zeus’

June 3, 2021

Checking out the only album from The Power of Zeus to see if the tunes hold up in heaviness 51 years later.

Primitive Origins: Zarpa Rock’s ‘Los 4 Jinetes del Apocalipsis’

May 6, 2021

Checking out Zarpa Rock’s 1978 album Los 4 Jinetes del Apocalipsis to see if the tunes are as metalhead-friendly as that gruesome cover art.

Primitive Origins: Heavy Metal Kids’ ‘Heavy Metal Kids’

March 4, 2021

Re-examining the 1974 self-titled debut from the curiously named Heavy Metal Kids to find out just how heavy metal they are.

Primitive Origins: Black Widow’s ‘Sacrifice’

October 29, 2020

Re-examining Black Widow’s 1970 debut, Sacrifice, in a seasonally appropriate Primitive Origins.

Hear King Gorm’s ’70s Throwback Self-Titled Debut

August 3, 2020

Cali rockers King Gorm are the latest episode in proto-metal’s never-ending ’70s show.

Primitive Origins: November’s ‘En ny tid är här…’

June 18, 2020

Revisiting En ny tid är här…, the 1970 debut from Sweden’s November.

Primitive Origins: Suck’s ‘Time to Suck’

April 23, 2020

Revisiting South Africa’s Suck and their only release, 1970’s Time to Suck.

Primitive Origins: Blue Cheer’s “Vincebus Eruptum”

September 26, 2019

Is Blue Cheer‘s Vincebus Eruptum the first metal record? We dive deep to figure it out.

Primitive Origins: Randy Holden’s “Population II”

August 8, 2019

Re-examining how Randy Holden foreshadowed Eyehategod’s down and dirty sludge in 1969 on Population II.

Primitive Origins: New Trolls’ “UT”

July 18, 2019

Re-examining New Trolls’ 1972 prog-rock odyssey UT.

Primitive Origins: Epitaph’s “Epitaph”

June 20, 2019

Does Epitaph’s debut album, from 1971, live up to its ’91-DM cover art? We dig deep to find out.

Primitive Origins: Toe Fat’s “Toe Fat”

May 9, 2019

Revisiting Toe Fat‘s self-titled debut from 1970 as we continue our proto-metal minings in Primitive Origins.

Primitive Origins: Bull Angus’ “Bull Angus”

April 18, 2019

Underground Soviet metal from the early ’80s? Sure. Bring it on. Bring it all on!

Primitive Origins: Hairy Chapter’s “Can’t Get Through”

March 28, 2019

Looking back on Hairy Chapter‘s very weird 1971 album Can’t Get Through.

Primitive Origins: Granicus’ “Granicus”

August 9, 2018

Revisiting Granicus‘ self-titled 1973 album, an underrated proto-metal rager.

Album Review: Lucifer – “Lucifer II”

July 3, 2018

Lucifer pay tribute to the heavy rock and proto-metal of decades past on their aptly-titled second album, Lucifer II.

Primitive Origins: The Shiver’s “Walpurgis”

April 12, 2018

Revisiting The Shiver‘s one and only album, 1969’s Walpurgis.

Primitive Origins: Leaf Hound’s Growers of Mushroom

June 8, 2017

Re-examining Leaf Hound’s 1971 proto-stoner album Growers of Mushroom.

Primitive Origins: Socrates Drank the Conium – ‘Socrates Drank the Conium’

May 11, 2017

In which we go back and examine Greece proto-metal band Socrates Drank the Conium’s self-titled debut from 1972.

Primitive Origins: Dust – ‘Dust’

April 13, 2017

You know the cover, now find out more about Dust’s 1971 debut in our most recent Primitive Origins.

Full Album Stream: Death Alley – ‘Live At Roadburn’

March 14, 2017

Death Alley have immortalized their 2016 performance at Roadburn Festival in a live album. Hear it now. 

Primitive Origins: Sudden Death – ‘Suddenly’

January 5, 2017

Our latest Primitive Origins looks at the 1972 proto-metal of California’s Sudden Death.