Poobah where a band from Wisconsin that played a mixture of early heavy metal and psychedelic rock and this is a review of their 1976 album "U.S Rock" which will be re-issued this month by Ripple Music.
The album starts out with an early metal sound along with hard rock solos and melodic vocals and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after awhile psychedelic elements are added into the music along with high pitched screams which where the roots of power metal.
As the album continues it sticks to a psychedelic rock sound while being as heavy as early and proto metal as well as bringing in elements that would later evolve into stoner rock and one song they bring in a piano which also gives the recording and early rock'n'roll feeling and on other songs there is also a brief use of spoken word parts being utilized.
When we get more into the album the band starts bringing in power ballad's before returning to a more heavy psychedelic hard rock sound and on one song they bring in synths and then go into a more metal direction and the last song is a live track which also utilizes a brief use of drum solos.
With this album Poobah combined the earliest form with both hard and psychedelic along with a great amount of melody to create a classic recording which was underrated for its time and forgotten about.
Song lyrics cover everyday themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for the time it was recorded and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album as well as some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Poobah where a very great sounding mixture of early 70's metal and psychedelic hard rock and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Flesh Eaters" "Crazy" "Cold Blooded Lover" adn "Enjoy What You have". 8/5 out of 10.
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