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Buffalo was an early heavy metal band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1971. The band left a legacy with Australia's heavy metal, pub rock and alternative rock movements. The band had evolved from the Brisbane blues-rock outfit Head, which was originally formed in 1968 by Dave Tice and Peter Wells. A change of lineup and a shift in musical direction saw the new band emerge - the name Buffalo was chosen (according to legend, randomly off a map of Australia) as it was seen a more marketable name than the previous Head, which had been considered to be offensive due to its sexual and drug connotations.

Largely unrecognised within the Australian music scene, Buffalo was possibly Australia's first heavy metal band, pre-dating other pioneering Australian hard rock and heavy metal acts, such as Coloured Balls, AC/DC, The Angels, Taste and Rose Tattoo. Like many pioneering heavy metal acts, Buffalo incorporated strong
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BUFFALO Dead Forever album cover 4.30 | 5 ratings
Dead Forever
Heavy Psych 1972
BUFFALO Volcanic Rock album cover 4.43 | 10 ratings
Volcanic Rock
Heavy Metal 1973
BUFFALO Only Want You for Your Body album cover 4.25 | 6 ratings
Only Want You for Your Body
Heavy Psych 1974
BUFFALO Mother's Choice album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Mother's Choice
Hard Rock 1976
BUFFALO Average Rock 'N' Roller album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Average Rock 'N' Roller
Hard Rock 1977

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Heavy Psych 1974

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Rock Legends
Heavy Psych 1980
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Skirt Lifters (Highlights And Oversights)
Heavy Psych 1989
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Volcanic Rock / Only Want You For Your Body
Heavy Psych 1998

BUFFALO singles (9)

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Suzie Sunshine / No Particular Place To Go
Hard Rock 1972
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Just a Little Rock And Roll / Barbershop Rock
Hard Rock 1973
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Sunrise (Come My Way) / Pound Of Flesh
Heavy Metal 1973
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What's Going On / I'm Coming On
Hard Rock 1974
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Little Queenie / The Girl Can't Help It
Hard Rock 1975
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Lucky / On My Way
Hard Rock 1975
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Sweet Little Sixteen / Essukay
Hard Rock 1976
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Rollin' / Hotel Ladies
Hard Rock 1976
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Sailor / Average Rock 'N' Roller
Hard Rock 1977

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BUFFALO Volcanic Rock

Album · 1973 · Heavy Metal
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The sound of metal in the early 70's made a comeback in the 90's, with bands under the labels of grunge, stoner rock/metal, and some doom metal bands all essentially bringing back the dark, dirty, and bluesy sound of the music that they probably grew up listening to. Bands like Black Sabbath and Budgie have been shown plenty of appreciation, with bands all across the metal scene covering them. The Australian heavy metal band Buffalo's only got a couple to my knowledge, grunge bands Cosmic Psychos (covered Sunrise) and Screaming Trees (covered Freedom).

Volcanic Rock has lived on to become a cult classic to many fans of early metal and the grungy 90's, and it's the album that sounds most grunge before grunge was a named genre. If Soundgarden was around in the 70's, this might just be what they'd sound like. The main riff in The Prophet even brings to mind Soundgarden's Searching With My Good Eye Closed. Out of the big B's of early metal, If Blue Cheer was the wall of distortion, Black Sabbath was the brooding darkness, and Budgie was the upbeat speed, Buffalo was the heavy heart and soul of metal.

Thunderous riffing rains down as Dave Tice sings his heart out. He has so much of both bluesy soul and gravelly metal attitude, and sounds like no other metal vocalist of the era. Freedom and The Prophet especially display this sound combo perfectly. It really wasn't until vocalists like Chris Cornell and Pepper Keenan for this kind of bluesy passion to see a return to metal. After the vocals, it's the bass from Peter Wells that stands out to me, particularly the massive sound of Freedom. The band isn't always lumbering though, they can pick up the pace as heard in opener Sunrise and closer Shylock. The latter closes the album in such a raw fashion, with John Baxter's furious riffing being unrivaled, and Jimmy Economou's drumming is excellent.

I could go on and on about how much I love this album, the melodies, the riffs, the emotion expressed, all so good. In my opinion, this is not only the best metal album of the 70's, but the best album of the 70's. Any fans of 70's metal and 90's grunge/stoner-type metal should not be without this cult classic.

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