Thursday 31 August 2017

Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come (1970)

The debut album from this US band.

Sir Lord Baltimore was a quartet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums and vocals.

The band released three albums before they broke up and then reformed again as a gigging band in 2006 for a short period of time. I intend to also review their two other albums too in the coming weeks/you will find reviews of their two other albums somewhere else in this blog.

This band is regarded as one of the creators of the stoner genre. Indeed, this album is regarded as the first ever stoner rock album. And there is a lot of merit in that claim. A claim coming from those who knows the stoner rock genre far, far better than I do. So I guess they are right.

The vocals are pretty raw. The drummer is actually the vocalist here. I know about only two other band where the drummer is the lead vocalist. Those two bands are the death metal bands Autopsy and Nocturnus. In 1970, this was pretty radical stuff.

The guitars are also raw and wild. Ditto for the drums and bass. The music is hard and stoner like. Indeed, the music is stoner rock.

Where Black Sabbath's two 1970 albums had iconic songs and were very well structured, the same cannot said about this album. There are a couple of more melancholic songs here. The rest of this forty minutes long album is hard and straigth in your face.

The quality is decent throughout. But this is not a masterpiece and they were light years behind the quality music Black Sabbath gave us. 

2 points

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