Killing Floor – Out Of Uranus [UK]
Insanely talented drumming and progressive work-outs mark Killing Floor‘s second album as a blues-rock behemoth, with its distinctly British late-60’s sound hardened for a new decade craving frenzied riffing and heads-down improvisation over nuanced subtlety.
“Soon There Will Be Everything” may hark back to simpler, trippier times but the likes of the aforementioned “Where Nobody Ever Goes” were rocking affairs drawing on the influence of Led Zeppelin and co.
Incidentally, was David Bowie playing particular attention to “Lost Alone” when writing “The Jean Genie”? In places, the similarities are indeed striking!
Warpig – Warpig [Canada]
Proto-metal of the highest order, the one and only album from Canada’s Warpig may have indicated more than a little Black Sabbath worship but Warpig were instead heavily indebted to the organ-led, riff-fests of Deep Purple as opposed to Tony Iommi’s crushing proto-doom.
In fact the more familiar likes of Uriah Heep and Led Zeppelin provide tidier touchstones with Warpig matching these household names pound for pound without receiving the plaudits.
These songs were exemplary with “Tough Nuts” bringing the malevolence (and a cast-iron riff) while “The Moth” added a prog flourish with its devious rhythms; resulting in an album of surprising depth and power.
Considering the era, Warpig‘s self titled debut was more influential than anyone would care to admit!