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Rare and obscure music from all sorts of neet-o genres that i like. Garage rock, psychedelic, hard rock, metal, punk. What ever dude.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Wicked Lady - The Axeman Cometh (1968-72 - Hea)vy-psych Proto-Doom: Witchcraft, Pentagram, Black Sabbath)

Wicked Lady - The Axeman Cometh Not a lot of info out there on this band, since it appears they never had a legitimate release back in 1968-72 when this material was originally recorded. It wouldn't be until 1994 that the Kissing Spell label would give these recording the light of day, but now even those releases are difficult to find in any format.

Don't let that stop you from taking the plunge and snagging this proto-doom hard-fuzz monster. If you've ever heard a modern Swedish band called Witchcraft, then you already have something of a primer for 70's basement-doom and minor-chord lyte-psych melodies that are common do both of these bands. Imagining if Sabbath Bloody Sabbath-era Black Sabbath, instead of getting all synthy and fast, went into a bit more Jethro Tull-esque folksy melodic jamming. Weird sounding, I know, but I wouldn't be surprised if both The Wicked Lady and Witchcraft share Pentagram as a common denominator.

The first track "Run The Night" is the most balls-to-the-wall rocking, and the song "The Wicked Lady" sound right out of the aforementioned Witchcraft's catalog. Other songs, like "War Cloud" might wait a full 4 min before the vocals kick in, and "The Axeman Cometh" is a hard-rocking instrumental. Add a healthy does of wah-wah hell into the mix, and you might occasionally come a bit too close to wanky-jamming overkill.

But, not for me. The lost-in-a-void vocals, and acid-hangover guitar total blows most other supposedly "heavy" 70's releases out of the water. Singer-guitarist Martin Weaver, here with drummer "Mad" Dick Smith, and bassist Bob Jeffries, would later join another Kissing Spell discovered treasure band, The Dark. I've never heard that album, so if anyone's got it, let me know.

- overview by denez
By the way THIS RECORD SLEEVE IS NOT THE SAME BAND. Don't know who it is but i thought it was funny. I kinda wish it was though.... they're HOT!

  1. Run The Night
  2. War Cloud
  3. The Axeman Cometh
  4. Life and Death
  5. Wicked Lady
  6. Out of the Dark
  7. Rebel
  8. Living on the Edge
Variable Bit Rate, ripped from CD. Didn't do this my self, but got it from a blog a long time ago. It's split in two files, sorry.

Head on over to the Kissing Spell site and check out what they've got in stock HERE.
but im sure a lot is out of stock, so see if AMAZON or EBAY got it.

OTHERWISE, CHECK IN THE COMMENTS PAGE!!!!!! AND LEAVE A COMMENT JERKS!!!! like so many have done before.


At 7:47 AM, Blogger nick beef said...

sorry about this being split into two files. Didn't rip this myself. It'll be worth it, though, i promise.

At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick, Needless to say, I couldn't be happier I found your blog!

At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good stuff for sure, thanks

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Cool blog nice stuff, good job. Got any leads on obscure Canadian stuff? Trying to find recordings of bands I use to see in the local bars, Memoriessss.......
CREED(70's Toronto band)

Anyway nice place drfinate add to favourites Thankx

At 6:48 AM, Blogger nick beef said...

residentevil2 - did you try checking out the Simply Saucer post i reuploaded a few weeks ago? Canadian band with a syd barret/velvet undergroud/ wild-weirdness, sound to 'em.

I'm not entirely sure yet on where I stand on Canadian stuff as a whole... haven't checked out to much of the scene.

Never heard of those other bands you mentioned, though. I'll go check them out! Thanks!


At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers, I just noticed your request for the DARK. Here is the famous album they did "Round the Edges" from 1971-72. I also have 2 other obscure cds from them. I will try to get them uploaded soon. This is the old cd limited to 1000 copies on Kissing Spell. i think some psych label from Taiwan re-issued it a few years ago...not completely sure though. Anyway enjoy!

At 8:59 AM, Blogger nick beef said...

rob vomit - great name!!

I'll download that stuff when I get home, cuz im at work right now.

I notice you don't have a blog of your own, did you pull that link from someone else's site? just wondering cuz I'd like to give them some much due props!


At 6:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, the Dark is uploaded from my personal cd. I do not give out other peoples links. I was working on my own site but I am very lazy I just hook people up with cool music when I get a chance. F.Y.I. I run a label called Vomit Noise Productions...hence the name Rob Vomit.

At 12:17 AM, Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Still want the Dark Album Here It Is:


At 10:57 AM, Blogger Residentevil2 said...

OK first link is the first DARK album Teenage Angst (1971). Here is the link for the highly sought after Dark - Round The Edges (1971)At 8 DAYS IN APRIL blog

Also here's the second Wicked Lady at Heavy Rock Spectacular

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Thank you, thank you. I think this might be the best rock band that ever existed, and I've been trying to find this album for awhile.

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Every now and then i find an album that is really fantastic ( i visit lots of blogs ) well... this one is superb m8 , thank you very much ,great job .

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Not usually my thing, but I like it a lot, thank you for uploading.

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Awesome to find this - been wanting to hear this for years - ta!

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

go, Beef.

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks. Great blog, great stuff. The meat is making me hungry.

At 7:57 AM, Anonymous edgar said...

Real cool band! Great that you write about them just discovered this band a few days ago!

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As dirty as the stooges, and kyuss! :)
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The rawness of the band reminds me of Budgie, a much underrated band: For those unfamiliar with Budgie try Squawk...not universally acknowleged as their best album....but teh one that does it for me.

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