Belzebong and their first full-length album Sonic Scapes & Weedy Grooves is a milestone record in the Doom/Stoner Rock genre. There is no doubt in my mind. This 2011 release by the quartet from Kielce, Poland is a power-packed, riff-laden and uncompromising testament to Belzebong’s authentic and unambiguous style and execution of their material.
This is not for everyone, I realize that. But to me, upstate NY based Doom slayers ‘Bastard Lord’ with their self-titled debut-album, is one of the best manifestos in the genre ever. Period.
Of course, statements like that are always highly subjective, ultimately it always comes down to personal preference rather than an unbiased assessment. That said, I stand by my words and I will explain in a little bit why I’m belaboring that point so much. Before I do that, though, let’s first focus on what ultimately matters most, namely the actual material on ‘Bastard Lord’.
Ah, a lot of new buzz these days around the Led Zeppelin suit, alleging that the mighty rockers are nothing but plagiarist. Specifically when it comes to their trademark hit and the one song you MUST not play when in a guitar store: Stairway To Heaven, of course, and the controversy around who came up with the riff first, Randy California of Spirit or the four lads from Great Britain.
I don’t know a lot about him, but I certainly remembered his name when I read about the death of ex-Wings guitarist and Paul McCartney collaborator Henry McCullough. He is know for his contributions to the famous James Bond theme “Live and Let Die” as well as his chart topper “My Love”. But Sir Paul was not the only one McCullough worked with since he started his journey as a full time musician. Other business great including Joe Cocker, Donovan and Marianne Faithful, just to name a few, are among the renowned colleagues he made and recorded music with.
Not the best title, I realize that. But nonetheless, this is not about my deficiencies in grammar, but rather regarding a young man with autism – his name is Zayne Harshaw – and his passion for blues guitar. And how that passion changed his life to the better.
Is Eric Clapton really struggling to play guitar due to nerve damage? That would be sad indeed. While I’m not the biggest Clapton fan, I sure am super found of his early stuff, specifically – but not exclusively – the couple of years he spent with Cream.
Oh-oh, that’s one of those dreaded guitar questions, isn’t it? Maple vs. Rosewood Fingerboards! Some people are convinced that there is not even a noticeable, but actually rather significant difference in tone and not just the way they feel. Personally, I have my doubts that there actually is that much of a gap, as a matter of fact, I would go as far as saying that if there is in fact a difference, it’s marginal at best. And as such, to me, irrelevant when it comes to the sound and tone question with regard to Rosewood vs. Maplewood neck.