The Essence of Metal – 13. Buffalo Springfield Sets The Way for The Coming Prog Wave


Buffalo Springfield sounds a strange band. When investigating more closely, Neil Young and Stephen Stills will come out. I’m not going to tell more about Neil Young, but Stephen Stills subsequently founded the band Crosby, Stills and Nash, which would be much more familiar than Buffalo Springfield.

The band was founded in 1966 and fame was immediately imitated. Stephen Stills has later gained publicity as a bit difficult person in his bands, and career with Neil Young didn’t make the exception. Two guitarist-singers, who wanted to be the band’s leading figures. Well, the skill and passion for music was, however, so great that the band stayed on despite minor problems.

Neil Young is no longer a great singer. In the late 60’s, Young sang very beautifully. Stills, moreover, has been given the praise of instrumental music. However the overwhelming force was the compositions that are played by this foolishly labelled example album Buffalo Springfield Again (1967).

The band is defined as folk/psychedelic/countryrock, but in the end it doesn’t seem to be any of them. The opening song, Mr. Soul, sounds like Rolling StonesSatisfaction, but has a faster tempo. The following tracks are anything between the folk-country-rock-blues-progrock-etc… Artistic but somehow confusing.

The metal connection can be found on a few riff-shaped pieces like Mr. Soul. Guitar sounds are heavy in some places too. The guitar mix includes some elements from heavy guitar duos and fuzz-sound. Even though the album isn’t the actually progressive rock album, it has been covered by metal-bands such as Rush and Queensrüche.

Watch this video just about that one of the songs mentioned above. Neil Young has a fairly intense grip on the show.


The Essence of Metal – 8. Others moved to the psychedelia, The Kinks chose riffs


The Kinks was set up at the same time with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. All of them picked inspiration from American rhythm and blues music, and after the initial coverings they began to write their own songs. In 1963, The Kinks got its final name after many previous. That year, the band also got the chance to make a demo album.

There are many versions of The Kinks name, but this can be said in the metal: the band was dressed in leather jackets and jewels, so the term kinky described them well. And leather is always connected to metal.

The band was already dripping from the path of success until the super hit You Really Got Me got them back to the sky. The song didn’t get the right kind of sound before Dave Davies came up to slice the hole of his amplifier into the loudspeaker diaphragm. This caused the song to become familiar with the cracked sound. The song was scared producer Shel Talmy, but eventually he also agreed to recording it. The single rose to the top of the British list and even to the top ten in US.

The Kinks didn’t go into so popular psychedelic rock at that time, but stayed in simple riff music. The impact on many of the later hard rock and metal bands is obvious. Ray Davies‘s voice and outburst are like a shy Lemmy. Although the music is still like Beach Boys, there is a sense of frustration with metal and energy. For example, in Got Love If You Want It you could hear a very metallic bargaining round with the twisting drum fills. As influential, the band has named such metal names as Van Halen, Black Sabbath and Metallica.

Sample album Kinks (1964) is a mixed set of songs that have been played in gigs before the recording. There are significant visitors from there. For example, Bald Headed Woman plays as lightweight duo as Jimmy Page and Jon Lord.

As a video, of course, You Really Got Me, in which we hear power chords and heavy riffing.


The Essence of Metal – 14. Heavy Metal for The First Time


In the aftermath of the Second World War, in German’s Tilsit (which is now Russia and called Sovetsk) was born, John Kay. He moved to Canada with her mother in law, at the end of the 50s. After times he eventually moved to California. There The Sparrows became Steppenwolf.

Steppenwolf has become popular with Born to Be Wild. A blatant rock song was heard in a small budget cult movie Easy Rider, whose influence on the motorist culture is very strong. The song also tells about motorcycles.

In this song, the term “heavy metal” was also heard the first time in music. Although it’s a reference to parts of a motorcycle, but the term grew iconic. The lyrics say, “I like smoke and lightning, Heavy metal Thunder…” This song has covered over 50 names from famous artists. The most famous of them are Slayer, Bruce Springsteen and Blue Öyster Cult.

In addition, Steppenwolf has a very strong effect to the metal or at least hard rock. A colorful organ player, Goldy McJohn, is considered to be one of the founders of heavier style. The band’s history also includes a variety of crew changes and black leather look, so some metal elements can be easily met. As an influence or impulse, the band has mentioned at least by Deep Purple, Ozzy Osborne and Slade.

An example album Steppenwolf (1968) was recorded in a few days. Maybe that’s why the album is quite fragmented. Yes, there are some of the classic rock songs that have already been mentioned in the story series, cited by Willie Dixon‘s Hoochie Coochie Man.

We don’t need to mention the example song.