There are some great heavy riffs and a consistent feeling of power behind the music. For those who like the heavier side of psych-prog or the trippier side of hard rock or proto-metal, this is a real treat. This is no three-chord garage rock band and no Led Zeppelin imitation. I bet you will find things on this album to cherish. Posted Sunday, June 5, 2011 Review 457497. Peter Hesslein's a terrific guitarist, and the other players sound just right for this type of heavy metal. At other points - particularly with John Lawton's vocals in the picture - the band resemble a somewhat more Satanic Uriah Heep.
There's proto-metal and then there's proto-metal. The sound quality is there, too. He also recorded the movie's soundtrack song - Tonight. It seems that in the process of making Banquet Lucifer's Friend must have been listening to a lot of early Santana, because opening track Spanish Galleon - one of the album's two major centrepieces - sounds uncannily like Santana's Latin-infused jazzy psychedelic rock. The theme on this album are rather Black Sabbath-esque and the music are rather Deep Purple-esque which is great from what i can recall.
And indeed, the music here is absolutely amazing, both the old tracks and surprinsingly the new 4 tracks too! Out of the five tracks on this album three are five star songs in my book. Lucifer's Friend, with its bone- reverberating, fuzz-toned guitar, power chords, its rumbling Hammond organ, its pounding drums and bass, and John Lawton howling and screaming at the mic, was quite simply right there are the starting gate when 1970 delivered this new European take on high-powered, heavy rock music. And what a statement it is! There are no slow songs, no acoustic numbers, not even any numbers with a clean lead guitar. If you like the heaviest of Uriah Heep's early songs and wish they'd done more you would be doing yourself a favour by checking out this beast. So far the series consists of 19 documentaries, including the municipalities of , , , , , , , , , , , winter, Popovo spring, , , , ,. And you mustn't forget the utterly brilliant vocalist John Lawton.
Progressive they remained but in another way. But each song is distinct enough so that I find myself looking forward to the heavy riff to be found in every song. I rarely found any albums like this. Heavy prog was the bands genre on the first two albums. In March 2010, John made his acting debut in the motion picture , filmed and produced by Bulgarian film company. He works his way up and down that neck like there's no tomorrow. On 7 December 2001, both John Lawton and Ken Hensley appeared on stage with Uriah Heep during the annual Magician's Birthday Party at the in.
Not essential, but not one to overlook by any means. He also joined the , in the early '70s which included the Song Contest in '76. I have loved this album for the last 20 odd years and it feels as vibrant and engaging now as it did back then. I am surprised it took me this many years to know about this album. If you listen or have listened to the first album by the group you might guess according to your knowledge that the heavy metal line of music is exactly what the guys play but you are mistaken. I haven't listened to the band's second album, although it has a slightly higher overall score. Another group called The Pink Mice was a side project by some of the members in 1971 minus Lawton.
Posted Friday, June 19, 2015 Review 1428368 If this album had come out in 1973 I would have called these guys a rip off of Uriah Heep's heavy rock numbers. However, Lucifer's Friend are an exception. There is no longer stunning and long guitar solo backed with solid bass lines like the one I could hear in previous albums. It injects some variety into the overall intensity of the band's sound. The fact this is going to be a 4 stars to me is the way they packaged everything. When I purchased the cassette of Good Time Warrior I was shocked knowing the band changed its direction into much more commercial approach. That's especially true of this self- titled album and Banquet.
It's rare to find a singer with such metal talent so early on in metal's history. High- Flying Lady is an absolute buzz killer after the first two excellent tracks. Let's make music like that! But that's alright because this album doesn't sound like that of a band trying to prove themselves as a rock group performing music for an orchestra. I don't care for organ or synthesizer music, and I never listen to Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Dirty Old Down is almost boogie-woogie, if I recall correctly. Still, a marvellous album by a sometime marvellous band.
There are some short rockers and some longer developed pieces and nothing is short on early metal energy and volume. Just listen to the bass player, for instance. However, one could say there's some justification for the fact that the last five tracks were just bonus tracks for many years. This, their fourth, is not very much hard rock but is instead one of the most accomplished jazzrock albums I have heard, and I've actually listened quite alot to that genre. And not only that, they may well be participants in some occult order, practicing witchcraft and summoning the Devil at their will. The frenzied energy begins to fade, turning mostly into piano tracks a la Elton John with, uhm, 'jazz', I suppose. This was and is their greatest moment.
Simply put, it is a perfect multi-layered allegory for what a band can achieve with jazz fusion pretensions. The band should have called it quit a long time ago already. The British-born John Lawton Uriah Heep 1977-1979 was vocalist for a group called Stonewall. In the end they have 4 songs out of the first album, one song out of Where The Groupies Killed The Blues, 2 songs out of Mind Exploding, 1 song out of Banquet and 2 songs out of Mean Machine. Listen to it with an open mind and I'll bet you just might reconsider. Each and every instrument is something to marvel at and follow. Why hadn't I heard of these guys?! For the old fans the 4 new songs are high quality material that brings the old Lucifer's Friend to a new era and John Lawton still sings amazingly well! But a solidly planted four stars for an early heavy metal album.
Posted Sunday, November 17, 2013 Review 1077942 With Peter Hecht's stalwart Hammond organ underpinning a set of heavy psych-prog compositions, you could almost be forgiven for mistaking the debut album by Lucifer's Friend for a lost album from Deep Purple's In Rock lineup. Quite a good way to end an album of such sparkling and powerful music. In the end they have 4 songs out of the first album, one song out of Where The Groupies Killed The Blues, 2 songs out of Mind Exploding, 1 song out of Banquet and 2 songs out of Mean Machine. The supposedly defunct band, thanks to the internet, hit the road again since 2015. The album was released in 2012. But this album, among dozens of other enjoyable but less impressive, never crossed my path until late 2013. He really lets a couple of good screams loose on the title track.