With Black Sabbath bowing out after nearly 50 years (as a touring band at least) and forever lauded as heavy metal’s most significant pioneers, Worship Metal casts its eye back to the bands that were in the mix back in the early 70’s; bands that could have reached the dizzy heights Sabbath attained….but never quite had the same impact.
Must Hear: “Future Shock”. Proto-doom riffs, stomping heaviness and a wail to rival Ozzy, “Future Shock” was the kind of track that makes 70’s rock/metal aficionados go weak at the knees!
Only briefly active in the early 1970s, Bang released three albums via Capitol Records (Bang, 1972, Mother/Bow to the King 1972, Music, 1973) and had one minor hit with the single “Questions”.
Admittedly, Bang were strongly influenced by Black Sabbath but they had the skill and invention to rival Birmingham’s favourite sons and had they been on the receiving end of some luckier breaks, history could have painted them as more than just mere also rans.
While Frank Ferrara’s vocals were indebted to Ozzy’s primal holler, there was also an eclectic, late 60’s psych feel to Bang’s songwriting. A sound that when melded with the ground-shaking riffs of the early 70’s, provided a riveting snapshot of rock’s progression as the two decades converged in the hands of these skilled musicians.