Proto-Metal / Hard Rock • United States
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Josefus was one of the first American bands to bridge late-'60s hard rock with early-'70s heavy metal. Their two albums, both released in 1970, were extremely influenced by early Led Zeppelin, and to a lesser degree other heavy British and American rock groups from the end of the '60s. Blues-rock formed much of the base; Pete Bailey's high tortured vocals owed much to the Robert Plant school, and the songs were built around crunching riffs. But the songs and riffs, mostly in a downbeat foreboding posture, weren't all that good. If Josefus was a pioneer, it was in the sense that the band was one of the first models for the blunt sound of Texas hard rock and heavy metal, to be expounded upon with much greater success by the likes of ZZ Top.Josefus' lead guitarist, Dave Mitchell, and bassist, Ray Turner, had played together in the high-school band Rip
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