Let’s Talk About Dinosaur Metal

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With the recent release of Black Sabbath™ brand-Converse® brand sneakers, it should be painfully obvious to a superior patrician metal fan such as the average Toilet ov Hell reader that in 2014, Black Sabbath are the last band any self-respecting IMN should cop to liking. I know, I know, their riffs are pretty sweet and they have a sick collab with Ice-T, but corporate merchandising is so untrve. Presented here for your enjoyment and edification are several forgotten dinosaur metal/psych rock bands that any self-respecting elitist should be jocking if they wish to craft an advanced personal brand.

Atomic Rooster are the #1, 0-flush early metal band you need to be listening to. Check out that atonal piano intro—way creepier than those lame bends in Iron Man, and those chromatic gallop sections are a pretty obvious sign of things to come. This album is basically Vol. 4 without the lame filler and instead every track is a total jam.

Lucifer’s Friend are to me the perfect bridge between the fuzzy darkness of early Ozzy-era Sabbath and the more upbeat Dio years. Every riff in this song shreds and those horns are flawless. If you like Black Sabbath, you like this band and don’t even know it yet. John Lawton later sang for Uriah Heep but these dudes are way more interesting.

Toad aren’t quite so heavy as the previous acts but this song is undeniable. The guitar playing wouldn’t sound out of place on a Hendrix album but here the other guys are allowed to play too.

Writing on the Wall were one of many organ-based metal bands that sprang up around this time, and they’re excellent. You can find this track on an excellent compilation called Downer Rock Genocide, from which I’ll be posting some other songs. Fun fact: Billy Joel was in a keyboard/drums metal duo called Attila in 1969 and it’s terrible (insert joke about how the rest of his discography/that other band called Attila also suck).

Hey look, a band called Iron Maiden that doesn’t bore me to tears! Wizardry, I tell you.

Ultimate Spinach are probably the least metal band in this post and their name is ridiculous but they had some legit bangers.

Alright, enough of this hippy-dippy psychedelic crap, let’s get back to the metal. This band is called Iron Claw and this song is called Skullcrusher. I don’t know what else I need to tell you, because the title fits this song perfectly.

Valhalla are a bit better known but I still think more people should be talking about this band. That moment when everything drops out around 3:05 is such a simple idea but works so well.

Anyone who thinks Sabbath were the heaviest thing going around the early 70s knows nothing of Bedemon. This song might as well be on Dopethrone, it’s so uncharacteristically badass for the time period. I wrote a description of this song but I couldn’t come up with words to accurately illustrate the crushing vibe on this song so I deleted it. If you listen to one thing in this post it needs to be this.

For a change of pace, enjoy this upbeat Warhorse song. I don’t have much to say other than this is some quality hard rock with just enough blues-iness to balance out their early metal thunder. Also the singer could totally pass for John Fogerty.

This is Satan by Bulbous Creation off the album You Won’t Remember Dying. Come on, that’s just metal.

This is the only recorded output of Detroit’s Astaroth but damn, that first track has such an obscene amount of swagger it’s ridiculous. If you like the MC5 you need to take a listen to this and recalibrate.

Heavy Goods Vehicle didn’t get their start until 1975 but they jumped right in. As the back of the CD says, this is true stoner doom. It also sounds like it was recorded underwater and I’m totally okay with that.

I made a conscious effort not to include bands you may already know like Budgie or Blue Cheer in the hope that you might discover something new but I have to make a concession for King Crimson. Everyone knows this song but I think few even realize just how heavy THAT RIFF is, and the lyrics are totally brutal. Of course, this song wasn’t a one-off, either; check out their album Red for some crazy stuff that’s still heavier than anything being put out now.

Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the music. As you can see, the late 60s/early 70s were hardly the wasteland devoid of crushing riffage you may have pictured, and there’s a lot more out there than just Sabbath.

  • Mr. Bojangles

    Dinosaurs went extinct, thanks to me.

    • Paris Hilton

      I thought it was Obama and his liberal agenda.

      • Christian Molenaar

        At least now we have fossil fuel to #CoalRoll.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

  • W.

    Solid post, Christian.

  • Between The Buried & Smee

    Band we all like, but never talk about: Sir Lord Baltimore

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yFGGXMFp0w

    • Christian Molenaar

      They’re one I figured people might already know so I didn’t want to include them but they’re ridiculously good for sure!

      • Between The Buried & Smee

        Yeah, they’re pretty well know. Their singer always reminded me of an early 70’s Mark Lanegan. Good article by the way, I’ll check all these bands out.

        • Christian Molenaar

          If you like Sir Lord Baltimore you really can’t go wrong with Atomic Rooster or Lucifer’s Friend, and I’d also recommend listening to Iron Maiden’s only album, Maiden Voyage. I think the whole thing’s on YouTube but I don’t know for sure.

          • Between The Buried & Smee

            I’m really digging Atomic Rooster and Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden are a pretty hard band to Google, because you know…

        • SHITSONTITS

          Fun fact: Mark Lanegan got married in a small Free Will Baptist about 1/4 mile from my house. I still find it weird to this day.

  • Astaroth is killing me right now. Shit is grooving.

    • Christian Molenaar

      Check out the rest of that Valhalla album, there are some real heavy grooves on there and everyone in the band totally shreds.

      • I totally will. You’ve given me the soundtrack to the rest of the day.

        • Christian Molenaar

          The best part about these bands is even though they’re pretty much all singing about Satan, their music’s so groovy you could probably get away with playing it at work (besides Bedemon, I guess).

  • Great write-up! Very entertaining.

  • BY THE WAY: Bedemon released an album two years ago that rules. Check it out:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qG-UcQeP7g

    • Christian Molenaar

      Yep! For anyone who doesn’t know, Bedemon was an early project by some of the members of Pentagram. They got back together for a couple sessions in 1986 and 2002 (I think?) but the one from 2002 wasn’t released until 2012. I think they’ve talked about touring/putting out new material but I’m not sure anything’s come to fruition.

      • Quarter Ounce Harrell

        A tour with pentagram, id be so happy i would die before i got there.

  • Dan Burton

    Holy crap. Bedemon. Great post.

    I’m also lucky enough to have a first press ‘Island’ sticker of King Crimson’s ‘Court of The Crimson King’ in my vinyl collection. Cheers Dad !!

    • Christian Molenaar

      I’m stupidly stoked for their new material and so, sooo bummed I couldn’t catch them on this tour.

      • Dan Burton

        That record was my gateway into guitar based music. When I was a kid my Dad used to play his records with me in the front room with him. When my folks split earlier this year he gave me his records, including the King Crimson gem. Also some ELP, Pink Floyd, Queen. Again, cheers Dad. 🙂

      • KJM

        Going to try and see at least one of the Boston shows, bummed that Adrian Belew isn’t playing this time but oh well. I’ve been lucky enough to see him a bunch of times.

        • Christian Molenaar

          Love Belew but Jaczyk is great. The triple-drummer lineup has me intrigued; one of my own bands has two drummers and it gets pretty crushing, I’d love to hear what Fripp does with them.

  • Tyree

    Dude Yes, Iron Claw is awesome. I can’t wait to check out the some of the other bands. Thanks Christian.

  • I’d like KSoFM to join this one. A couple of weeks back he was posting rad obscure 60s/70s bands.
    -EDIT- Iron Claw was def one of them. So solid.

    • Tyree

      I was thinking the same.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Shit, let me look into my bag of tricks and post something. I might repost some shit anyway. Thanks for the summoning!

  • Xan

    Yes! Other than Black Sabbath, there aren’t many bands from that era which I hear about because of their lack of success. I love me some old rock.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      I’ve already started to post some gems. Keep an eye out.

  • Deputy Dipshit

    This here is a Platinum Toilet Post! Zero flush, gleaming bowl!

    Thanks for these, CM! m/

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Jerusalem- released this album in 1972, produced by Ian Gillian from Deep Purple.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDz91AdJgTc

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Night Sun- only album from 1972. Deep Purple worship.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ9Tv0bS5lE

    • Christian Molenaar

      Of all the countless hordes of young bands trying to ape Deep Purple’s success, I was always partial to these guys.Did you ever hear Kin Ping Meh?

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Nope, never heard the name. Will check out though.

        • Christian Molenaar

          Some of the members of Night Sun joined after their breakup. They do like a krautrock/prog type thing. I don’t know if that’s your bag but I’m way into it.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I’ll check it out. Didn’t one of the members join or form Guru?

          • Christian Molenaar

            Yep, but I think he may have only been on one album. Before Night Sun they were all in a jazz band called Take Five, too.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    November- Swedish, from their first album, 1970.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxmX3jywSSs

    • Tyree

      Oh hell yes. This is good!

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      This song grooves so hard

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        Now this be a motherfuckin’ dinosaur , and a fucking scary one at that. Of course pretty much every BOC album is awesome.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          CONAN LITE.

          • Max

            FINALLY, you’ve joined us in the Toilet!

          • Negrodamus

            Conan you made it!!!!!!!!

    • My wife (Her Majesty Mrs. SteelDragon) is digging on your recommendations hard. She thanks you.

    • KJM

      I am LOVING this. This is reminding me of a newer band that I like called Brutus, also from Sweden(?).

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Flower Travellin’ Band- the fucking riffs and the vocals!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF3Kux4iJO0

    • Christian Molenaar

      Oh hell yeah, these guys, the Edgar Broughton band and James Gang are pretty crucial. Have you heard Fenriz’s mixtape The Bible? Some of the bands mentioned in this post are in there plus some other kickass late 60s hard rock.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Never knew did on an old mix.

    • Tyree

      This some bleak sounding shit, I’m liking. Them vocals are insane.

    • This shit is savage.

    • mouseporn

      they covered Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath if i remember correctly

  • ParallaxativeHyperStool

    Damn, fucking excellent links in this post, can’t wait to crack open a beer right now and check out some music I’ve never heard before. Also the most recent Black Sabbath album is a travesty. Everyone I know of that liked it is a greasy old man or greasy young nerd still living in the past saying 70s was the best era of music and nothing will ever top it, yet says things like new Black Sabbath album is good music.

    • Christian Molenaar

      I listened to it once and wasn’t wowed…There were a couple good songs, but nothing that reached out and grabbed me, and the production left a lot to be desired. If it wasn’t a Black Sabbath album no one would care, or if it was the debut of a young band it would show promise, but knowing what they’ve done in the past it was a big disappointment. Honestly I think Pallbearer made the album Black Sabbath should have.

      • ParallaxativeHyperStool

        Truth. Also if it was a younger band it would sound way less tired and forced. I agree that none of it was godawful, but through the whole thing my constant thought was “WHY!?!” They obviously don’t have the fire that drove them in the past. Seems like they’re just cranking out riffs to make a few more dimes before they croak. I also heard clips of it live and it was fucking painful. If you’ve still got it in you I would encourage any musician to keep pushing it right up until they die. Ozzy and the gang are not an example of this.

        • Christian Molenaar

          If they had gotten back together just to tour, I would have been okay with it in spite of Ozzy’s…limited abilities. I think Rick Rubin was an interesting choice though. His track record is kinda crazy; obviously he restored Johnny Cash’s outlaw cred after he spent the 90s singing songs about switching brains with a chicken (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBEK53Kgm7s seriously…what is this…), but he’s made some stinkers and I’ve never been a fan of his production. Can’t imagine what Sabbath (or their managers) were thinking, other than probably that he’s a big name so why the heck not?

          • ParallaxativeHyperStool

            Word, that’s how I felt when BTBAM used David Botrill when everything they’ve done with Jamie King sounds 1000000000000x better. Even Tool, 10k days which they produced themselves has MUCH better audio quality than Lateralus.

        • KJM

          I’m rooting for Tony to beat Cancer. That’s about the extent of my support for anything Sabbath is currently doing.

      • Cock of Steele

        I admit, although I didn’t liked that super duper polished production, I really liked the last BS album.

        • Christian Molenaar

          Like I said, I enjoyed some songs and it’s definitely not a 5-flush record, but it’s far from a clean wipe too.

          • Cock of Steele

            Fair enough, I mean it was pretty much what you would expect a reunion with Ozzy would sound like. There seemed a million other ways it could have been ruined.

          • Christian Molenaar

            Yeah, honestly I didn’t expect much from it but I was still hoping for some more cool riffs at least. I feel like overall the album was just okay, but very inconsistent. If they had just kept the good tracks and trimmed the fat it would have made a nice EP, in my opinion.

          • Cock of Steele

            Yea I was surprised to get that extra disc of four bonus songs, I thought “Wh else could they have left to write?”

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      For a bunch of legends in their twilight years it was ok. Plus it got them a number one album that they so richly deserved. Its like an actor giving a so so performance but they give him the oscar more for his body of work, the great stuff he did that should have put him on top in the first place. Besides Rush, i really have to rack my brain to think of a band that goes back 40 years that has put out the kind of quality product they have. All without ever breaking up, announcing fake retirement tours, plus how many hard rock bands play 3 hours. Another count on one hand situation.

      • Poop Mango

        Partially disagree with “quality product”. The later Ozzy-era albums were inconsistent at best, and while the Dio albums (and to a lesser degree, Born Again) were pretty solid, there was some pretty dire music being made under the Black Sabbath name for a while there. I also didn’t really care for Dehumanizer, but I know some people disagree. Anyway, they’ve had their ups and downs, but still probably have a better catalogue than almost any other 40+ year old band.

  • This site slays MS.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Totally.

    • Further Down the Metal Hole

      Not once did I see a post like this over there, I had no clue how much I was missing out on.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Mountain- yes known for Mississippi Queen. But wrote some other killer shit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WJMK1a5Biw

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Had to post some more Bedemon. God damn that main riff and Bobby’s haunting vocals.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODgHdE1JtIY

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      I can’t believe I’ve never listened to this band. Im a fairly big Pentagram, but never even realized Bobby had another band.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    This whole album kicks you in the dick.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGxflt2mbpA

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Truth and Janey- groovy shit from Iowa. From 1976, I believe.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnLplfcan4

    • Tyree

      Fuck, there is so much greatness going on in this post. I can’t wait to drink some beer and listen to all of this.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    If you’re looking to find some of these gems and a lot more…..this site is the fucking shit.

    http://www.rockadrome.com/store/

  • gonna post one funny song, not trying to start a trend or anything. it’s not incredibly relevant, but it gave me some solid LOLZ.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FRATeocV2I

  • Cock of Steele

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdSp-0WsyDs I believe I posted this once.

  • Paris Hilton

    There is no worse dinosaur metal band than Anvil. I cannot get over how bad those guys are lmfao. Also, I do dig some Sabbath every now and then, but GODDAMN are they jocked to an embarrassing levels; almost as bad as The Beatles.

    • Christian Molenaar

      Sabbath are like the Rolling Stones or Judas Priest for me: a band I really enjoy who overall have pretty good catalogs (though both start to drift off…) but for some reason are the object of abject adulation on the part of people who don’t even really listen to them. The Stones especially are about as merched out as the Misfits without veering into Kiss territory.

      The only reason I flushed Sabbath was because of their inaccurate status as the heaviest shit from around the time and also for purposes of hyperbole.

      • Paris Hilton

        I had a shitty old car that I used to blast British Steel on cassette tape with haha good times. The Stones and The Misfits are really more a brand now if anything

      • “L-R: Flushed, flushed, flushed.”
        this line wins. it’s going to be tough to top!

      • KJM

        Agreed.

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      Are Anvil really dinosaur metal? I always thought they were Artillery/Exciter era speed metal.

      • Paris Hilton

        According to their documentary they started in 1978. That qualifies as dinosaur metal in my books haha

        • Between The Buried & Smee

          Good documentary, bad band.

          • Paris Hilton

            Couldn’t have said it better.

      • Cock of Steele

        They’re bad cock rock

      • Christian Molenaar

        Speed metal = dinosaur thrash

        • Between The Buried & Smee

          Exactly. No one even uses the term “speed metal” anymore, because Death, Thrash, and Grind are all faster.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        the only difference that matters is Artillery and Exciter are good and Anvil are not good, no, not very good at all.

    • KJM

      I can’t even enjoy Anvil ironically. I’ve tried multiple times. I’ve never seen the Anvil movie and I’m not even sure I want to.

      • the movie is great! way better than the band

      • tylerusmaximus

        Watch it. It is hilarious and depressing in equal measure.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        I was hoping the pentagram documentary would generate some interest in pentagram but that didn’t happen. Maybe people just found it too goddamn depressing i think. I found it difficult to watch because the guy’s whole life has been shitty, anvil had a walk in the sun compared to liebling.

        • KJM

          Great movie.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      You would turn your back on our canadian boys ? For shame, just think of all their killer songs like
      Metal on metal………..and uh…….yea there is another really good one………..give me a second…..its on the tip of my tongue……..i will get back to you on this one.

      Live long and prosper ! hahahhahah, jesus these guys are out of it.

      • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

        Welcome King Conan!

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        Good to see you bro! I still can open you pics at work haha! Once bitten twice shy!

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      Fuck the beatles, the knack had the fastest selling album in history next to the beatles in 79 !

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        Get the Knak…bitches.

  • Paris Hilton

    I love playing as Astoroth on Soul Caliber

    • Voldo or gtfo

      • Paris Hilton

        Voldo is so fucking cheap!! haha he’s almost as bad as Maxi!

      • Dude I had nightmares of Voldo as a kid, fuck that guy.

      • Steve Smithwick

        I’ve never downvoted you before, but I’m going to right now. Fuck Voldo.

        Clearly Kilik is best.

      • W.

        Voldo is a nasty rapist. Mitsurugi or Link (SC2 Gamecube masterrace).

    • anyone else like playing as Ivy?
      …crickets…
      neither do i

  • I’ve sent this post to a few people who don’t typically listen to metal. They are jamming. It’s really early in the site’s history, but this post is def ToH HoF.

  • Bucket ‘o Blood

    Dude that Atomic Rooster track is fucking killer.

  • TrickleDownTacoRiff

    As a resident old dude round here…SABBATH LIVES! I bought the shoes too…FUCK IT! That said I dig some of this stuff Christian. Iron Claw is badass! Will investigate further…thanks.

  • Fromwisdomtohate29

    So much stuff to catch up on.

    Also, how about some Irish Coffee? Not as heavy as some of the other’s on this list, but pretty groovy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL16uCclDds

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    Atomic Rooster fucking rules as well as the Bedemon song. Great stuff I would have never heard of if I hadn’t read this article.

  • Rob M

    Well, I was going to post something but apparently KSoFM took everything else..so just superimpose my name over his for your album of choice

  • SMOHLG

    Still can’t see comments on mobile, but this site is absolutely slaying it

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  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Haven’t listened to a single song yet (bookmarked for later though), but this post has made me really curious. Would love stuff like this posted regularly, nothing beats discovering new music.

    0/10 flushes, excellent article.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Proto industrial rather than metal, but ya gotta love Cromagnon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPiO_G-DEHs

  • Ayreonaut

    Vanilla fudge

  • Gurp

    These bands will totally get you babes.

    • Christian Molenaar

      This is 100% true

  • Matt Bacon

    Wait, is it just me whose only getting video links to king crimson? Is my computer being dumb or am I just stupid?

    • Christian Molenaar

      Your computer really, REALLY wants you to listen to King Crimson.

      Not sure why that would be the case though, Try clearing your cache and refreshing I guess?

  • Guest

    No love for Sir Lord Baltimore?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdSp-0WsyDs

  • tylerusmaximus

    Its good to see some love for Atomic Rooster.

  • What is this? a metal website that actually talks about metal and relevant metal topics?

    mind=blown

    Good job guys this is going to be a great site with stuff like this

    • correction, this is already a great site….carry on

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    If you like this kind of metal, listen to this. It got in the top 40 yet it’s oddly heavy for the time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwyg2YpxdrE

  • Joko Widodo

    i remember the first time i heard that lucifer’s friend song and i started to bang my head the whole time. it’s featured in fallen skateboard video, so i wasn’t really watching the skate video at that time, just banging my head to the music.

  • PrettyGood

    That Iron Maiden song reminded me a lot of King Crimson. Namely 21st Century Schizoid Man. I liked it a lot.