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It was a 1971 Creem magazine review of the Brooklyn trio Sir Lord Baltimore’s debut album Kingdom Come in which the words “heavy metal” were first coined — though following the resurgence of proto-metal in the 21st century, the band has been regarded by many as “the godfathers of stoner-rock.” This description certainly fits alongside opening cut “Master Heartache,” where Gary Justin’s thunderous bass kickstarts the tune like the mentor of Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, before guitarist Louis Dambra’s sludgy riffs go head-to-head with the heavy handed bludgeoning of the band’s singing drummer John Garner. The ferocious attack and speedy tempos of “Hard Rain Fallin’” had much more in common with the fast-throttled proto-punk coming out of Detroit’s MC5 and the Stooges, while more bluesy tunes like “Lady of Fire,” “I Got a Woman” and “Hell Hound” sound inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Cream’s penchant for turning rootsy songs into blisteringly loud biker anthems. “Lake Isle of Innersfree” downshifts with 12-string acoustic guitars and a prominent harpsichord to reveal that the band also had a soft spot for psychedelic baroque rock.

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Sir Lord Baltimore, early metal pioneers!

The first band that was ever called "heavy metal" by the music press was this one! Sir Lord Baltimore's 1970 debut is definitely worthy of that title. The band was a power trio and one that decided to crank everything up to 11 and just rock as hard as they could! The guitars, bass and drums pummel throughout and the vocals are similar to what the usual 80s metal vocalist would sound like, 10 years before the fact and much better! We get one break from the madness on "Lake Isle of Innesfree"which is a harpsichord driven classical piece that I enjoy just as much as the heavy stuff! I recommend this record very highly, it rocks! As a side note, it is said that fellow New Yorker Billy Joel's short lived heavy Hammond Organ driven band, Attila, was inspired by these guys!

Superior Sir Lord Baltimore

Firsts : studio grade headset , water pipe ablaze , Gibson EB-3 bass thru Ampeg SVT
Pink valoure bell bottoms , falling into my then girl friends walkin closet without missing a beat of this "Kingdom Come" LP . 1971 indeed . Vince Martell gives high praise to SLB , shouldn't headbangers every where ? Pink Fairies anyone ? Blodwyn Pig ? Toe Fat?

"America's Jimmy Page"

..............only much better!


Formed: 1968

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

Brooklyn, NY's Sir Lord Baltimore were arguably America's first bona fide heavy metal band, and the funny thing is, they didn't even know it, since the style had yet to establish itself when the band first burst onto the scene. And because SLB's precocious, raw talent was offset by their immaturity and utter lack of business acumen, their budding career was summarily derailed after just two generally underrated albums. Thus, they were cursed to endure decades of obscurity until their music was rediscovered,...
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Kingdom Come, Sir Lord Baltimore
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 1970

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