posted on Sep, 29 2012 @ 12:41 AM
reply to post by blocula
reply to post by blocula
Cream and Hendrix were both from 1966 and can in no way be considered Heavy Metal though some will try and claim they are,along with 'The Who' and
'The Doors',funnily enough !!!
Whatever way you look at it the three who laid down the blueprint of Heavy Metal were Zeppelin,Purple and Sabbath.Defining the different approaches
Heavy Metal would take it's true that Led Zeppelin were more traditionally blues rock inspired whilst Deep Purple had that more classicslly inspired
sound.Black Sabbath could be said to have put the 'heavy' in metal though with their unique sound and gloriously hammer/wheatley-esque lyrics.(mind
you,what Sabbath sang it could be said that Page sought and lived !!!).
Deep Purple were formed in 1967 but the classic line up that created the sound they are famous for didnt come together till 1970.Led Zeppelin formed
in late 1968 and released their first album Zeppelin I 1968/1969 and Zeppelin II and in 1969.Black Sabbath formed in 1969 and their first album was
released in 1970 so the three bands were contemporary in every way.
Page an already famous and most sought after sessions gutarist had been a member of the much loved Yardbirds when they finally split for good,being
left with the name and live commitments he went about putting together a band to not only play out the contract but a vehicle for his new ideas what
how rock could and should be.So when the New Yardbirds soon th become Led Zeppelin emerged they already were known to the rock world.
The same is true for Deep Purple.Ok the classic mk2 line up may have been new when they released 'In Rock' but the band were known after an initial
top hit in even though they failed to follow up with anything as sucsessful afterwards.
In 1970 on release of their first album Black Sabbath they were unknown and completely new with a heavy,melodic and dramatic sound that was
unique.Part of the reason was Tony Iommi,who lost the tips of two fingers in a sheet metal press and used artificial tips which gave his playing a
singular sound.He also detuned his guitar to slacken the strings which helped him to cope with having false fingertips but also gave the band that
low,heavy sound - dropping the guitar from E down to C# !!!
The lyrics also added to the feel of the band - as Ozzy Osbourne later said you couldnt sing about love and how happy you felt to the riff of Black
Sabbath.Nowadays everyone knows Ozzy Osbourne as the casualty of excess,the clown from the tv series.Either that of the guy who bit off a bats head or
snorted a line of ants in the 80's.It's hard to believe now that the working class birmingham lad who wrote the rather simple yet classic words to
'Paranoid' would become the subtle and intelligent wordsmith of later albums. - Listen to the lyrics of Volume 4,Masters of Reality or Sabotage and
you'll hear the words of a highly imaginative,articulate and intelligent artist.And yes I do mean Ozzy Osbourne.lol !!!!
Tony Iommi was a unique and versatile guitarists but he always suffered in comparison to Jimmy Page and Ritchie Blackmore who are far in away two of
the best rock guitarists of all time(I'd argue Page was probably the best alongside Hendrix but that's another story).Yet Iommi was a guitarist of
real talent and despite his heavy playing incredible sublety aswell !!!