Obscure Olde Metal Pt. 7
by Chuck Eddy | June 30, 2014
This seventh treasure chest in Rhapsody's alphabetical series of antique and little-known metal and near-metal rediscovered after being buried for decades beneath the cellar floorboards turns out, for some reason, to be more '70s-intensive than usual. Four bands start with "F" and the rest with "G," and more than half of the batch dates from before Reagan became president.
The oldest, New York avant-garage proto-psych free-rock scientists The Godz, actually date from the late '60s, and might also stretch the meaning of "metal" the most. But now that the metal mag Decibel has even put out a "noise" issue, seems like the genre's boundaries should be flexible enough to accommodate them. Their catchiest song, included in this mix, was "Radar Eyes," and they sound not a bit like (though possibly as nutso as) the late '70s Cleveland bike-rock bozos also called The Godz, whose "Under the Table" is here, too. By the same token, early '70s German Kraut-metallers Gomorrha show up back-to-back with mid-'90s U.K. death-metal knuckle-draggers Gomorrah, who at least had the courtesy to spell their name differently.
German Oak — a World War II concept band who, according to legend, recorded in an abandoned air raid bunker — and Gift also came from fecund and endlessly out-there early '70s Deutschland; Denmark's delightfully skewed Gasolin' and French boogie roughnecks Ganafoul called other continental European nations home in the '70s. Vociferous flute-and-brass-equipped proggers Fusion Orchestra; Brian Johnson's pre-AC/DC glam-blooze stomp squadron Geordie; and American-expat-fronted, Budgie/Uriah Heep-linked, displaced Southern boogie bunch the George Hatcher Band all represent the '70s United Kingdom. And from the Western Hemisphere that decade, this playlist includes L.A. hard/soft psych/prog eclectics Goodthunder; Dictators-like Bloomington, Ind., wiseacres The Gizmos; self-deprecating blue-collar brainiacs the Good Rats from Long Island and Goddo from Toronto (who sing here, respectively, about battling Twisted Sister and getting headaches on stage!); and too-late-for-glitter/too-early-for-hair-metal Vancouver glamster Nick Gilder, who actually had a U.S. No. 1 single in 1978 but whose album tracks frequently rocked louder than those who only know "Hot Child in the City" might guess.
Future Styx-recruited Canadian pomp-songster Gowan, Ronnie Montrose's even pompier post-Montrose outfit Gamma, and New Wave of British Heavy Metal sea urchins Gaskin all hail from the early '80s; two equally noisy instrumental trios, Holland's Gore and Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn's harmelodic side project Gone, both formed in 1985.
Four more '90s bands round out this menagerie: semi-rappy Kentucky groove-thrashers Full Circle; 'twixt-glam-and-grunge Hollyweird hairballs Funhouse; and Sweden's Furbowl and Fargo, N.D.'s Godheadsilo, both of whom coagulated some unholy hybrid of industrial, death metal, grind, goth, unlistenable noise and whatnot in frigid climates circa the middle of the decade. Catch 'em now, before they crawl back into the primordial ooze from whence they came.