ORGAN THING: The Watchers, a proper slice of metal, a touch of doom and who were Bang anyway?

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A proper slice of metal should hit home straight away, no messing, straight in there, grab you by the collar, punch you in the gut, take you with it, hell yes, we’re having some of this! Street riffs and straight in there hard rock (with just a hint or two of a stoner rock undercurrent), Californian band The Watchers just delivered that vital opening punch,  that punch should grab you in the first few seconds of that very first encounter, it should not let go. Something’s burning and while 98.9% of the metal that finds it way in here everyday is a waste of everyone’s time (shed loads of it piling in here every day, none of it delivering that vital punch),

 

 

Most of the millions and millions of metal bands out there seem content to just strike the pose, scowl at the camera, show off their credibility establishing t-shirts, their tedious five sting basses (you don’t need five strings!) and their carefully messed up hair, thanksfully now and again some metal worth bothering with enters our day. Here’s what someone from somewhere just said just now; “Starting this June, the Sabbath Highway Tour will see The Watchers hitting the highways of the American heartland, crossing from their West Coast homes all the way to their stop at The Maryland Doom Fest, where they will lay waste to waiting audiences alongside such heavyweights as The Skull, Wo Fat, and  Bang” don’t know about any of that, do like the idea of Bang still being out there and at the Maryland Doom Fest, wherever Maryland is and if it is the same Bang from back there in the 70’s?  The Watchers then, Sabbath rumble, Anvil goodness, early Maiden, The Watchers do it (and yes it is the original Bang – “Formed in 1969, BANG is a highly influential, early hard rock band that’s often cited as helping to create the genre of heavy metal itself”.)

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And meanwhile from the same label, Ripple

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BANG…

“Surely one of the most unsung bands in the history of American hard rock music, BANG released three full-length albums for Capitol Records in the early 70’s, that criminally sank without a trace. Capitol artist development at the time just did not know what to do with the band that was often called America’s answer to Black Sabbath.  BANG’s first significant break came when the Philadelphia band gate-crashed a Rod Stewart show in Orlando in 1971 convincing promoters to put them on as the warm up act. With the interest of the major concert promoters of the day, East Coast Concerts and Concerts West, the band soon became major contenders in the hard rock arena.

The 1971 self-titled debut album “BANG” is considered an important forerunner to the early Doom Metal genre. This was followed by the monumental “Mother/Bow To The King” album in 1972 which should have exploded. Changes in personnel at their record company and an externally forced line-up change led to frustration and bewilderment before releasing their swansong 1973 album “Music”.

Undoubtedly the heaviest of America’s ‘proto-metal’ bands from the period, BANG also had a strong sense of melodic power, which should have led them to much bigger things as chronicled in the BANGstory….”

 

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