Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968)

This took me by surprise. Recently decided to investigate some “proto” metal, as in, who came up alongside Sabbath in the formation of the heavy metal sound? I was recommended Blue Cheer, who sit a bit more on the bluesy end of the spectrum (hey, I guess the clue is in the name).

I love the crunch and the muddy sound of the guitars. It fills me with complete joy. Something so simple yet all encompassing. Couple that with a lively rhythm section and swaggering vocals and you’ve got yourself a winning combination. The title of the record sounds a bit daft, but that is genuinely my only complaint here.