Sunday, April 17, 2011

creators of heavy metal

Cream was heavy; Hendrix and Led Zepplin were heavier still; in Japan, the Flower Travellin' Band was shockingly heavy; but Black Sabbath, from Birmingham, England, was heavy metal. No joy here, nor any wisp of psychedelic whimsy. From the first note, this band sounded ancient, oppressed, as if shambling forward under supernatural burdens.
-- James Parker, "Notes From the Underworld." Atlantic Monthly, May 2011.

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