Blue Rumble – s/t

Blue Rumble’s debut album is a glorious throwback to the period in the late ’60s and early ’70s when acid rock and prog first began to mutate together into the beast that would eventually come to be known as metal.

Hailing from Zürich, Switzerland, Blues Rumble features Andrea Gelardini on guitar, Sébastien Métens on bass, Harry Silvers on drums and Ronaldo Rodrigues on keyboards. The band slays with molten riffs, John Bonham-like drumming and keyboard work that evokes Arzachel’s organ-dominated 1969 album.

Tracks like the opening “God Knows I Shoulda Been Gone,” ignite with the volume and energy of classic proto-metal cuts by the likes of Atomic Rooster, Sir Lord Baltimore and Leaf Hound. Meanwhile, tunes like “Cup o’ Rosie (Just Another Groovy Thing)” boogie like a lost Birth Control jam with a touch of Arthur Brown darkness.

The band’s lighter side comes out on songs like the breezy flute-driven “Linda,” which hints at a little jazz-fusion and folk rock, like one of the more mellow pieces that would have popped up on an early King Crimson or Black Sabbath LP.

You’ll be hard pressed to find another album that is this genuinely steeped in the heaviest of sounds from the first psychedelic age that also gets the spirit so right. Click here to get your copy from the group’s Bandcamp page today.


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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