proto-metal

Primitive Origins: Toad’s ‘Toad’

September 22, 2022

Diving into Toad’s hard-rockin’ self-titled 1971 debut.

Primitive Origins: Lucifer’s Friend’s ‘Lucifer’s Friend’

March 24, 2022

Diving into Lucifer’s Friend’s 1970 self-titled debut to see if the proto-metal holds up.

Full Album Stream: Nekromant – “Temple of Haal”

December 2, 2021

Swedish power trio Nekromant unveil a rambunctious third album with nods to the trad metal greats—from Thin Lizzy to Maiden to Priest.

Album Premiere: Scarecrow – ‘ Scarecrow II’

October 21, 2021

Check out a full stream of Russian retro/throwback-doom rockers Scarecrow‘s new album, Scarecrow II, which drops tomorrow.

Primitive Origins: Sarcofagus’ ‘Envoy of Death’

September 9, 2021

Looking back on Sarcofagus‘ second album from 1980 as it gets set to be reissued next week.

Fight Fire With Fire: ‘Vincebus Eruptum’ vs. ‘Population II’

August 26, 2021

For this Fight Fire With Fire installment, we go proto-metal and pit Blue Cheer and their 1968 debut Vincebus Eruptum, against the more obscure Randy Holden and his Population II.

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.