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 – 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.


The Essence of Metal – 9. At the Source of grunge and punk


In the mid-1960s, psychedelia and rock n’ roll began to get even more straightforward forms. Washington’s The Sonics found a straighter path to bring it out. The band covered blues and rock n ‘roll classics with a sharper touch, but also made their own songs.

Rough and simple riffs and songs played with more attitude than skill took the music quite high. The recordings were handled roughly live. Drums with one mic. The drum sound is one of the things that determining the band. For example, Kurt Cobain has stated the following: ”I, I have to admit… The Sonics recorded very, very cheaply on a two track you know, and they just used one microphone over the drums, and they got the most amazing drum sound I’ve ever heard. Still to this day, it’s still my favourite drum sound. It sounds like he’s hitting harder than anyone I’ve ever known.”

Many bands have mentioned The Sonics, when asking about their influence. The most well-known ones are Bruce Springsteen and Nirvana. Both have also covered the band.

The effect on metal will surely be through the grunge or, alternatively, the path through the punk. Riffs, fierce clamor and uncompromising attitude – They gets far!
The sample album Here Are The Sonics (1965) is a mixture of their own and the cover songs, which is passed through a grunge / punk screen. The Sonics’ own influences don’t need to look further than this song list.

As a video example, this time, comeback recording. The attitude still lives on.


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.


The Essence of Metal – 7. Full blast!


Dick Dale, originally Richard Anthony Monsour, is among the first to be called a heavy metal founder. Dale was born in Lebanon, although he doesn’t admit it. No matter how it was, man’s roots is from there. There the multi-talent player took elements for his own music. He was a very eager surfer, but he liked play music too. Starting with drums and piano and via guitar he went up to trumpet.

However, he has the biggest gains by the guitar. First, as a developer of surf music. Fast picking a single string is the story of that music. Another, possibly even more important part was his way to use the amplifiers. He was friend of Leo Fender, and he wanted bigger sound. Eventually Dale was the first to play with 100 watts of power. In this case, the scale of knobs ranged from 1-4 to 0-10. And that would not end there, Dick – unlike many people – was the first left-handed who played the right-handed guitar on the wrong way! Without turning the order of strings. Jimi Hendrix wasn’t the first!

Dale was quite a strange type to the rock world in those days. No alcohol, no cigars, no drugs or red meat. Dale was quite a strange type to the then rock world. No alcohol, no tobacco, no drugs or red meat. He actively exercised self-defense for a long time. So he’s not “rock” by his habits.

What about his effect on metal? Well, of course, his influence for Jimi is important. But maybe then that one string picking versus black metal? Or the volumes in the knobs? Or perhaps all of them. As an inspiration, the man has officially said at least that Jimi Hendrix, but also Eddie van Halen. I have also seen a sentence with Yngwie J. Malmsteen has been said that the volume was Dale’s invention.

As an example, Dick Dale And His Del-Tones Surfer’s Choice (1962) is mentioned. There are couple of hits and a Misirlou Twist familiar with Pulp Fiction.