Blue Cheer are a band from San Francisco, California that plays a form of hard rock and have been considered the creators of heavy metal and this is a review of their 1968 album "Vincebus Eruptum" which was re-issued on cd in 1993.
The album starts out with their cover of "Summertime Blues" with a hard rock sound and melodic vocals and you can hear what would eventually evolve into metal with this song and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after awhile gutiar solos become a part of the music.
On the following track they start playing songs they wrote and the music starts out with some slow blues rock and on the following track they go into a more heavy psychedelic and proto metal sound and after awhile they start mixing their more blues orientated material with early metal and on the last track they bring in a brief use of drum solos.
With this album Blue Cheer set out to play the heaviest rock of their time and a lot of people call this the first metal record while the band themselves probably did not set out to create the genre, they brought in a lot of heaviness and their music was not only the start of metal, punk, grunge and stoner rock bands as well have called this band an influence.
Song lyrics cover everyday themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for the time it was released and you can all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as a couple of the tracks being long and epic in length.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding recording from Blue Cheer and if you want to learn about the roots of metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Parchment Farm" and "Second Time Around". 8 out of 10.
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