YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: #164
SINGLES: Questions (#90)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Wow, no.
LINEUP: Frank Ferrara, Frank Glicken, Tony Diorio.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Heavy Philly proto-metal bands first release was met with mostly indifference, but now is looked at as proto-doom.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Throw this into the proto-metal power trio hopper – Bang features a bassist and vocalist singing in a high (but not shrieking) register, along with a guitarist and drummer. But the music was sludgy and heavy, more like Sabbath than anything.
With its sound, Bang was definitely too heavy for real commercial success in the 70’s, despite the charting of a hit single. The production sounds muddy, as studios didn’t really know how to process a sound like theirs – lots of low end mud.
There’s some good stuff here, though, and you can see why “The Queen” is an influence on later doom metalists. It’s a curiosity, mostly, but metal guys would be served to take a listen for historical purposes.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They had recorded an entire concept album that was put on the back burner by Capitol Records for later release. It didn’t get released until 2001.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B-: There’s something here, something compelling, that keeps me listening. Also, the cover is great.