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 – 10. Bob Dylan


Robert Allen Zimmerman alias Bob Dylan. Everything should be told of this man, but better if I say nothing. Dylan, originally played rock’n’roll, bends to the most popular music style to be recognized as folk rock.

Bob caused his fans to get upset by moving on to electric guitar, just like the example of Highway 61 Revisited (1965). On the other hand, without that transition, many bands would not be born. The album’s opening song, Like a Rolling Stone, is a classic. The band play ¾ time signature when singing goes by common time. This is the song that is named among the three best songs in the world in many polls and charts.

Dylan have a lot of indirect influence on metal. If you get a Nobel Prize, I guess there is something to do with the all music industry. Dylan has always been a songwriter. His songs have always take a strong opinion to society, even though it’s been done with hidden meanings of lyrics.

Dylan has always been a music dissident. In the 60’s, he was even more, because the style copiers weren’t so many. His singing or guitar playing is not so important than the story of what his songs are about to tell. The main elements of metal have always been criticizing the system and emphasizing the freedom of choice. It’s about religion, politics, or life in general.

If you want to do one more metal reference, then the well-named Never Ending Tour is unparalleled. Dylan has traveled this tour since 1988. Also for metal bands nowadays it is characterized by being twisted with the same songs forever endless. Is there someone who is really waiting for a new album of Iron Maiden? The band could go with Wasted Years and Fear of the Dark until the age of retirement.

Exemplary Highway 61 Revisited is like Dylan production in miniature. Quality varies both in terms of presentation and composition. There is blues, folk, rock, and there is also a better way to play around with the groom.

For example, I would like to put a live video of Like a Rolling Stone.


Toomio’s TOP100: 88. Midlake – The Courage of Others

Producer: Midlake
Recorded: 2009
Published: 1.2.2010
Label: Bella Union

#18 in the British albumchart.

I think I run into Midlake just by Rumba (Finnish music magazine) reviews. I listened to it more than once carelessly, but I do not “hear” it. When I focused on, the music was pleasantly surprised.

Music recalls Gregorian chant-singing. Cover photo confirms the impression. But Tim Smith‘s vocal sound and harmonic parts can tell that something very medieval men have found for their folk-music. I do not believe in witchcraft, but somehow this album enchants. The music causes a trance.

“There will be a feeling that the band has something to say. “

Lyrically, the album moves so strongly in the lap of Mother Earth, that it is difficult to say when the narrator is a man, when it’s the Voice of Nature. There will be a feeling that the band has something to say. The band is clever; it will become apparent, for example, in the first song drum fills and in the second song’s bass line.

This sounds best when it’s raining. For example, fishing or cruising by car. Even if the trance and driving do not morally fit in the same sentence.

Rulers, Ruling All Things Melodies of vocals, that’s all.

Fortune A bit too happy issue in relation to the rest of the album.