KILLING FLOOR — Out of Uranus (review)

KILLING FLOOR — Out of Uranus album cover Album · 1970 · Proto-Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
2/5 ·
Emerging from the second wave of the British blues revival, actually arriving late to the show, Killing Floor was a third tier, minor league band from this time period(circa. '67-'69) when other blues-rock artists like Fleetwood Mac, Ten Years After, Free, Savoy Brown, Steamhammer and others were at the forefront of this music scene. Killing Floor's second (and last) album was released when all but the hard blues-rock in the U.K. had taken a back seat to other new musical styles.

Killing Floor's self-titled debut from 1969 was basically a reconfiguration of the Chicago electric blues. This formula was previously done years before by many other artists and done a whole lot better. Chicken Shack, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers come to mind, just to mention a few. Really, there is nothing heavy to this album and even there is no metal present what so ever.

For the second album, Out Of Uranus, the band brought in Larry Page as the excutive producer and the main man of the Penny Farthing label on which this album was released on and is best known as the producer for The Troggs. Obvious he had an influence on the band's musical style on this album as it's reminescent of The Trogg's later sound, a raw, raucous, proto-punk and psychedelic reverb, a 90 degree left turn from the style and sound of thier first album and lyrically a leftist, flower-power, anti-establishment view.

The brash and gritty sound actually becomes grating after a few songs and the vocals, are, well... However, there is some highlights from the album. Some excellent riffs on, "Out Of Uranus" and "Acid Bean" but are far and few between. Probably the standout track is, "Soon There Will Be Everthing" with the great violin work. My ears became weary by the monotony and the annoyance of this album. Very tiresome.

If you're looking for that underground, counter-culture, leftist ideaology, proto-punk album of the day but also wanting to hear some proto-metal as well, you're alot better off checking out the Pink Fairies or Third World War.
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