ELLISON - ELLISON (HARD PSYCH 1972)
Excellent Sabbath-inspired early 1970's doom from these French Canadians. Sounding like a much more psychedelic yet somehow subdued Sab, these guys reach for the milky way with their heroin/LSD-25 speedball approach. Totally wasted 'Head' rock, cheap yet delicious analog production values, early Priest soundalike guitar runs, and starter-fluid-huffing vocals all add up to one hell of a brain cell killer. Dark and gloomy, like coming down off acid on a rainy fall morning. "Winter Slutch" and "Strawberry Rain"(Killer Title!) are two of the best cuts, but the record peaks (pun intended) with "Untruth Story", a mindmelting knife-in-back-pocket-right-next-to-the-brush burnout heroin anthem. The singer laments his girl's sadness/need to do smack: "She Asked/She Asked/She Asked Me For Dope" but ultimately gives in and cops her a bag.Then, later, we get the brilliant "I Know/I Know/I Know You're So Tired" repeated over and over while a searing, wicked guitar lead soars over the top. TOTAL drug rock, possibly the best example of hesher 1970's reality I've ever heard. Remember the Eight Is Enough episode when Tommy Bradford gets caught doing bongs in his bedroom by Dick Van Patten? This is probably the music Tommy was listening to on those giant headphones...."If you take a lot, it'll kill you....." Wasted Forever. Ferociously Stoned.
Blind Ravage - same (can 1972 hard psych)