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Vincebus Eruptum

Blue Cheer

1968

Vincebus Eruptum

Album Summary

Vincebus Eruptum (; pseudo-Latin) is the debut album of American rock band Blue Cheer. Released on January 16, 1968, the album features a heavy-thunderous blues sound, which would later be known as heavy metal. A commercial and critical success, Vincebus Eruptum peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and spawned the number 14 hit cover of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues". Being an example of hard rock, it is also lauded as one of the first heavy metal albums. Spin magazine placed it at number 22 on their list of the 40 greatest metal albums.

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Rating

2.82

Votes

4621

Genres

  • Hard Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Fri May 21 2021
4

Another album that stands out because of when it happened more than what it's doing. However, if you released this today and said it was a Jack White side project, no one would doubt you.

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Tue Oct 13 2020
3

Kind of the missing link between Cream and Black Sabbath. Raw recording, love the imperfections. Favorite tracks: "Summertime Blues", "Rock Me Baby"

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Solid album, but you can definitely tell this was their first album. Rough around the edges, but some really great ideas in there and some powerful sounds. Favorite Tracks: “Summertime Blues,” “Doctor Please,” and “Parchment Farm”

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Electrifying combo of blues, hard rock, and rip-roaring riffs and guitar solos. There's some ultra impressive drum work on here too, which I wasn't expecting.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

The riffs come about slowly, dreadful and hyper-distorted, built around depraved melodies. One of the Bands that really starts playing Heavy Metal. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Doctor Please, Summertime Blues, Out of Focus

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Fri Oct 02 2020
3

7/10. this album is pretty heavy n stuff but it doesnt totally click with me. i think just because of the audio quality? idk if its just the mono mix that i got but it sounds even fuzzier and harder to make out than a lot of 60s stuff already does. plus the songs themselves arent amazing imo, tend to go on for a while. by a bit before halfway thru it just felt like a ton of fuzzy psychedelic noise goin in one ear and out the other. might just be bc i have trouble focusing on stuff though.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

This is nice and heavy like Psychadelic proto-Fuzz. Definitely ahead of its time—you see the bridge from Cream to Black Sabbath. The drummer sounds does a great Ginger Baker impression. It’s Jammy, heavily distorted and short. Sometimes the jamminess comes off as repetitive and a little rough/unrehearsed. Pretty good. Would buy on Vinyl. B. 3.

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Tue Nov 24 2020
2

I'd heard of Blue Cheer but never heard them... can see why people say they beat Black Sabbath to making the first heavy metal album, but while they might have a similar sound to early sabbath they sure as shit don't have the songwriting. The first two songs are covers and the rest seems to be kinda droney, sludgey jam tracks - a 32min album that felt like it dragged on. My guess is they're all one-take jobbies, probably recorded live. Pretty much everything after the cover songs felt like a "big ending" that just kept going and going. 2/5.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

Proto whatever your preferred genre of noise mess is. These guys make filthy, sludgy, gloopy rock--and all while looking like Hanson! Now if only they had a little of the blonde brothers' gumminess, this would actually be as crazy as they're trying to sound.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

Not for me ... at the time I could see it as breaking new ground, maybe. From the current paradigm, it feels derivative of all influences that are contributing to the sound, its a half-formed thought of what music should be. I imagine I hate people that point to this album as life changing.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

Sounded like controlled chaos

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

It's a very nice surprise to discover these pre-heavy metal bands that I did not know about before. An excellent album.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

J'ai adoré le moment où le chanteur casse sa guitare et l'enflamme sur scène devant un public éberlué.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Oh Lord, I got to raise a fuss, Lord I got to raise a holler About a playin' proto heavy metal just to try to earn a dollar Oh Lord, I tried to destroy my amps, your ears I did abuse Sometimes I wonder what I'm a gonna do Lord, there ain't no cure for the early hard rock heavy ear-splittin' blues

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

These guys sure do sound like Hendrix and The Who did at that time. Summertime Blues is a dead ringer for The Who's live version. Let me guess, these guys saw Hendrix and The Who at the Monterey Pop festival (down the road from where they live), started to play like them and rushed an album out in time for the new wave of heavy metal? I like late 60s heavy metal. This is where it all started and it was original and exciting back then. I'm just not sure how much of the wave can be attributed to influence from these guys. They deserve a few points for how fleet footed they were jumping on the bandwagon.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
2

Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: None Cutting Edge: Rock Me Baby, Out of Focus Overall Notes: Yeah this ain't it chief. Not as god awful as it was as background music the first time listening to it but definitely not my thing.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

Wow, dit vind ik tof. Blues is niet mijn ding maar als j het zo speelt!! ook live gezien op Roadburn, fantastisch toen

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

false

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

Nice heavy metal or hard rock

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

Loved the album as a whole. Exactly what it needed to be. Second half of the last track was a little much for me but still giving it a 5.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

It is uncanny how much the White Stripes sound like these guys. Never heard of them before but this album is fire.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Loved it! An early forerunner of lots of stuff I like, and one of the first power trios. Every song was great, but their version of summertime blues was greatest for me. Really intrigued to hear more of their stuff.

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Thu May 12 2022
5

Whoa. Hard to find to listen to but it was worth the hunt - oh the fuzz and the fuzz - the drums pounding throughout and the voices tearing through this 30 min powerhouse of an album. I’m sold on blue cheer - kind of in the world of a more bluesy stooges and a rougher hendrix experience.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

excellent hidden gem, hadn't heard about them before, but enjoyed the proto-heavy metal sound.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

This rules

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Epic album. Amazing sound by a super talented band

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Good energy. A little short

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Sweet old school, heavy rock.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Really great guitar work!

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Vincebus eruptum, czyli pseudo lacinska translacja blue cheera, wiec pierwszy krazek bandy selftitlledowy w bardzo stonerskim klimacie, bo sam blue cheer to nazwa popularnego na rynku w tamtych czasach LSD, ktore rozprowadzal patronajt od gratefulowych deadow, wiec od tego pewnie wziela sie nazwa zespolu, ewentualnie od proszku do prania, ale to raczej elesdyk zabral nazwe od proszku, a potem banda go zabrala na wlasny uzytek, ale czym muzycznie jest niebieski doping, banda z 67 hameryka kalifornia, wiec klimaty dzieci kwiatow, ale na modle metalowa, sama plyte mozna podzielic na covery klasycznych rokowych trakow, jak sumertime blues cochrana czy parchmanowej farmy allisonona, ktora jednak bardziej kojarze z wersji blues breakersow mayalla i rock me baby b b kinga, wspolnym mianownikiem tych trakow sa ich bluesowe korzenie, to co robi blue cheer na tym materiale, to budowanie pomostu pomiedzy bluesem do metalu, z czego wyszlo acidowe rokowanie o poteznym brzmieniu, nie tylko jesli chodzi o decybele, ale takze o surowy styl granych tutaj rifow, ktore w niektorych miejsach, brzmia wrecz zeppelinowo, a to prawie dwa lata przed ich pierwsza plyta, wiec cheerowcy byli prawdopodobnie pionierami tego stylu grania, prosty z ostrym jebnieciem i energia, ktora czuc takze na wokalu pana petersona, ktory jako frontmen napisal takze 3 orginalne traki, ktore stanowia druga czesc krazka, jesli by go podzielic na covery i orginalne kompozycje, to wlasnie z tych orginalnych kompow mozna w pelni przyznac bandzie miano stonerow, bo tematycznie bardzo lekowo, zwlaszcza na doctor please, ktory brzmi jak litania drugersowa wierzacego kwasiarza, niestety nie moge dodac nic na spotifaja, bo zbyt podziemmna plyta, cale szczescie z pomoca kolejny raz przyszedl soulseek, wiec pobralem sobie dwie wersje, zeby miec porownanie, z 2k03 remaster z dodatkowym trakiem, all night long, oraz projekt audiofilow z nipona z roku 2k17, ktory polega na odtwarzaniu w mozliwie jak najlepszej jakosci zapomnianych a kultowych materialow i roznica w jakosci obu tych wersji jest kolosalna, remaster z 2k03 brzmi jak tanie stereo, bo jest to migracja z mono do stereo, a cos takiego praktycznie nigdy nie jest czyms dobrym dla materialu koncowego, natomiast japonska wersja to wymasterowane mono, ktore genialnie oddaje glebokosc sceny, czy zmiane kanalow, czy fejkowe endingi, zeby wrocic z rosnacym basem jak na second time around, jeden z hajlajtowych momentow plyty w moich uszach, wlasnie takich albumow chcialbym wiecej na liscie, przelomowych, a jednoczesnie niezbyt znanych szerokiemu gronu sluchaczy

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Very cool grooves and riffs. I dig the lofi sound

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

Cool getting to know heavy metal origins... Guitar melodies were catchy

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Way ahead of their time. The beginning of metal!

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Loved the tones and production. Great band

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

really enjoyed this

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Never heard before. Nice notes of 70's such rock

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Tue May 18 2021
4

I personally hate the summertime blues song because I was forced to sing it over and over in elementary school. Other than that this band kind of rules. I had never heard of them but apparently they kind of started heavy metal. I probably won’t listen to this album much but I respect it. Talented musicians and all that. The drum solo and bass line in Second Time Around are fun.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

SETE. CAMINHO ATRÁS DO PREJUÍZO. METADE NÃO SE OUVE, CRL CRL CRL CRL CRL CRL CRL CRL CRL VROOM VROOM POW KABOOM MotA: Out of Focus "Oh Lord, I got to raise a fuss, Lord I got to raise a holler"

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Solid heavy metal

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Not available fully in my Spotify, unfortunately. Nothing too special, pretty much standard bluesy stuff except for being ultra dirty and garage. That's what I liked about it.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

If Black Sabbath's debut is the birth of metal, then this album is it's conception. So how does it sound? Well, it sounds like blues. But not like blues but like... █▄▄ █░░ █░█ █▀▀ █▀ █▄█ █▄▄ █▄█ ██▄ ▄█ Ridiculously heavy and psychedelic, it's not that pleasant as a listen. Not to mention the vocals, which felt like they were mere decorations to the gigantic sound. Yet for some reason, it rocked me hard. And I enjoyed it quite a lot.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Fierce, noisy, classic. The album starts out ridiculously strong with that exceptional cover of "Summertime Blues" and burns beautifully to the end. Rough-edged and a little jammier than I generally like, but this was a solid listen. Fave Songs: Summertime Blues, Doctor Please, Rock Me Baby, Second Time Around

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Very interested. Ground breaking.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Blue Cheer doesn't get enough credit for how much they had to do with the start of metal. Gritty tones and raw recording from start to finish.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Surprised I've never heard of Blue Cheer. Really cool short album. Heavy for its time. Wasn't on Spotify.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Very heavy for '66. Couple interesting covers, but fun guitar work. Heavy Jimi vibes.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

This is what I always imagined garage rock sounding like- a bunch of kids just learning to shred with the murkiest sound on earth. Forget that overpolished White Stripes and Strokes nonsense. It’s very primitive, and I assume it won’t be a lot of people’s thing, but I do like the protometal sound and I have fun with this. But I can’t really rate it higher than a C+, although I think that I’ll give it four stars to round out.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Cream-y. Hendrix-y. Under-appreciated

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

REally nice album. 4 stars

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Mon May 16 2022
4

Super fuzzy, psychedelic, blues rock. Yeah, this is my jam. This is what this project is about for me: discovering the bands and albums that had huge influence, even if they weren't that commercial successful themselves.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Pretty impressed. I was excepting some Beatles knock-off, but it's basically like every song is Helter Skelter. I see the influence on metal and hard psych for sure.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Some of the heaviest, most unhinged rock you could hope to hear from its era. Blue Cheer were sort of at the vanguard of the turn towards a heavier, more primal rock sound for what must have been a matter of months before MC5 finally got their sound down on record to kick it up a notch. Hendrix and Cream presaged them of course, and Zeppelin also fits in there somewhere as well, but I'd argue what those bands were doing was a little more sophisticated. This sounds distinctly looser, and as such, is a ripping good time. The ultimate garage band.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

I enjoyed the guitar noodling. 7/10

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Mon May 30 2022
4

7/10. Enjoyable, but not a standout

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

This was pretty cool.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Mannnn… so I’m alone in liking this one?? Oh well. I guess you guys won’t be joining my Blue Cheer fan club, which will be known as the Cheerleaders. You know you know want the semi-annual newsletter and free iron-on, dudes! Come on! Okay. Yes, this is a museum piece and yes this is proto-grunge and yes the last track is almost indefensibly indulgent. The whole thing just kind of sounds like crap. No argument. But it sounds like specific crap. And the crap I’m talking about specifically is Kyuss and the whole desert rock scene of the 90s. I like Kyuss and love a heck of a lot of Queens of the Stone Age tunes. I swear to God if you lopped off “Summertime Blues” and gave me a blank CD-R of this Blue Cheer album but told me it was an unreleased Kyuss demo I would 100% believe you. It sounds that close at times to me, especially with some of the lead guitar sounds. And in fact, I actually prefer the Blue Cheer vocals here to what John Garcia did on most Kyuss tracks. So, in some ways it’s superior. Genuinely liked it guys. Don’t know what else to say. Shawn Harwell Head Cheerleader

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

As pitchfork says, Blue Cheer are "musicians who... live not to perfect their technique, but to simply rock.". Well, that sounds GREAT to me. The playing is rough as guts and pretty over the top, especially the lead playing. Lots of bends and trills, feedback, barely in tune. The slow, heavy, vaguely blues based playing is a prototype for metal in general and stoner rock in particular. This is the shit. This sounds like they set up in a room, chucked a few mics in randomly and just started jamming it out. It's loud, noisy and obnoxious. And that's what I like!

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Good listen.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

pretty good, i liked the vibe and it had a cool groove

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

4.1 - I hear danger in the wildly overamped guitar that constantly sounds like it could spill over at any moment into peals of terrible feedback. Leigh Stephens seems to push that guitar to its groaning/squealing edge. It's impossible to not hear the through-line between this record and Black Sabbath's debut. I also hear inspiration drawn from Hendrix and his guitar wizardry. Standout: "Doctor Please" (particularly the guitar breakdown in the last couple of minutes).

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Pretty wild that this came out in '68. I can hear a lot of sounds that wouldn't be prevalent for years afterwards. This is a really cool mix of psych rock, proto-metal and blues. Dig it!

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Heavy fuzz sound and almost sounds like a mix between stoner rock and heavy metal. Very proto-metal as it doesn't have the characteristic Black Sabbath early heavy metal sound but it's close. I found the quality of the recording to be lacking but that could be because I couldn't find the whole album on a streaming service. Maybe if I find it on vinyl it sounds better.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

initially i was like “men yelling over weird guitars. 2” but then i found out they were one of the first to do it in this way?

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Aito tykitys

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

It's rare to hear an album that is so clearly the origin point for a genre of music, but this one seems pretty clear. I've never heard an earlier album that sounded like heavy metal, and later heavy metal albums don't have the 60s psychedelic sound wrapped into them the way this does. All of the elements of what would become heavy metal are here. Even the overly grandiose album title is present. As far as the music goes, they put out a hell of a lot of sound for a trio. The production could be a bit better, and some of the songs could be a little more interesting, but at the same time they were clearly experimenting with something here they deserve a lot of credit for the innovation in their sound 4/5

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Holy shit this is heavy

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Had some Deep Purple kinda vibes (I think, that's the first artist that comes to mind.)

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Blue Cheer's restraint could be taken for the minimizing kind if it weren't for the final minutes of Vincebus Eruptum, the whetting of the appetite for more, and the perfect match to me in musical style and haircut.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Got some Hendricks vibes from this, whatever happened to this kind of guitar playing?

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Fri Oct 09 2020
3

Not terribly unique, but could be more influential from its time

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

-Interesting to see the change in music, keeps blues style tunes with heavy guitar effects.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Cool.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Decent early garage rock LP, some tracks reminded me of Ty Segall and Oh Sees.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

musically this album was great but the singing and lyrics felt inconsistent, loud and very similar. solid psych punk rock. enjoyable.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

leaning toward the "actually not so bad" end of "not my vibe"

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Makes me think of drinking in Murph's dads garage. Great background music for that atmosphere. Not mad at it.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

I can hear how this would have blown peoples mind in the 60s, a little tamer now.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Eh, not bad but ait forgettable, a very classic fuzzy-stoner intro though

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Fri May 21 2021
3

I was hoping for less blues rock and more psychedelic

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

Gros blues rock psychedelique un peu brouillon personellement. 3*

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

Loudly bluesy. 5/10

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Guitarrero. Muy setentero.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Reminded me of Jimmy pero, bien pero no es lo mismo

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Fine.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

interesting and fun, can't see myself ever re-listening

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

On par with Mountain's first two albums.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Voor metal best te pruimen.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Nog nooit van gehoord, maar dit ga ik nog eens luisteren! Nogal gruizig, maar wel een duidelijke link met veel (stoner) rock bandjes van de laatste jaren.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Voorlopers van de harde rock en metal. Cool!

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Niet alles kunnen draaien, maar klonk best cool!

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Listened to this several times but it didn’t get any better. Parts were alright but it descended into a racket. I’ll give it a low *** but it could be ** !

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

I've always enjoyed this album, but generally find myself wanting MORE out of it. In some ways this is the album that birthed heavy metal, but it certainly doesn't sound like it as much as Black Sabbath just a few years later. You can hear the influence Blue Cheer had on Black Sabbath, so maybe Blue Cheer's role is as a foil to Sabbath. Blue Cheer asked "what is heavy metal and is this it?", and Ozzy replied by biting the head off a bat.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

HARD. I can imagine reviews from 68 using words like explosive, muscular, unrelenting. The lead guitar tone is perfect 60s psych. I want whatever pedals this guy's using. And his musical abilities. They're borrowing a lot from Hendrix's vibe and then taking it even further and heavier. Each song feels like the intro to Foxy Lady but extended out and even sloppier. So good. Here's the inevitable part where I go negative - the singer is rough stuff. Janis Joplin's uncle that talks too much. No subtlty, no dynamics, just pterodactyl yelling over every incredible jam. I would put down big stars if this thing was instrumental. B+

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Feels like a "missing link" sort of album branching between psychadellic/hard rock/blues rock and proto-metal. There's passion and urgency to the performances, but the songwriting is a little too predictable and jammy for my taste. Worth a listen, but maybe not too many more. Favourite track: Doctor Please

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Vg

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Interesting early heavy metal. Can hear where Led Zeppelin and The Who would have been inspired

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Heavier (for the time) hard rock. As a general fan of metal I'm not quite as in to proto-metal / blues-inspired stuff. Black Sabbath put out stuff shortly after that's more my style of metal.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
3

Rating: 6/10

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Some tasty licks, no question. With all due respect, I won't be back.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

pretty good

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Groovy.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

decent, not amazing but I liked "Doctor Please"

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

Blues quase metal, valeu pelo cover.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

short album. seemed ok, first listen.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

I like the sound here: bluesy and distorted. However, waaaay too much jamming.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

Who knew the origins of heavy metal would be so accessible? I mostly liked the sound on this album and could totally see it as the stepping stone to the harder rock to come. Some of the wankery (esp. on the last track) went a bit far for me, but I generally appreciated their musicianship, their lyrics and the power of their songs.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

The cover of "Vincebus Eruptum" couldn't be more late-60s psychedelic rock if it tried. While I had never heard of Blue Cheer, I knew before hitting play what was coming. The album was apparently successful at the time, but seems to have been mostly lost in the annals of classic rock history. It's nice to see more of the musical depth of the late 60s than what we've gleamed from classic rock radio, but I think I can see why Blue Cheer hasn't made as much of a lasting impact. They take psychedelic rock to a bit of a heavier place, with a little less focus and tightness that made the genre work in spite of its drug-induced, free-wheelin' inspirations.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Never heard of this band but I enjoyed the album. It's a great specimen of proto-metal with those buzz guitars and garage-style production! The opening cover is of Summertime Blues is awesome!

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

I was not familiar with any of the songs but it definitely sounds like 60s rock.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Solid album.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Some of the track listings have been lost to time on Spotify. Sad. Upside though, I love an overdriven el34 coupled with a fuzz face. There is something so limitless to the sound of this era. Pure tube goodness and the simple pleasures of free and easy songwriting. This one was all about the vintage amp sound for me. I'm a valve tragic!

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Found this truly pointless. If this is the birth of Heavy Metal, I guess metal is hammy blues rock covers drenched in muddy guitar pedal effects.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

5/10

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Father of garage rock?

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Only partially available

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Wiki informs me that Vincebus Eruptum means "Controlled chaos" in Latin. I also see that the band is a trio with only one guitarist but it sounded like a dozen guitars to me. The album sounds like it was recorded in someone's basement with no production values and with the mics buried deep in the Marshall amps. I must give it a knowing nod though, the thunderous blues guitar signals some pretty epic sounding proto-metal. Many have mentioned that they hear Black Sabbath and Cream , but I also hear Deep Purple which was formed around the same time. So despite the crudeness of the recording I'll bump my rating up to a 3 because of its provenance and influence on things to come.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

They sound a bit like Hendrix, with the guitar tuned down to give it a heavier sound. I appreciate the fact that this is proto metal and they would/could have influenced the sound bands like Zeppelin or Deep Purple. That said, the longer instrumental pieces are less inspired and technically inferior to their heirs.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Some good songs but a bad audio quality.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Album of covers but enjoyable enough.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

Not really metal as such but still enjoyable. Great cover of Summertime Blues.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

A lot better than I expected, the link between Cream and Black Sabbath is really obvious here. Fuzzy, jammy, rocky music with some really interesting riffs. Sure it's a bit rough around the edges but for a debut, pretty solid.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Pega os Beatles com 18 anos e o Jimi Handrix com 15, da nisso ai. Uma guitarrinha animada com uma voz de boyband 60tista.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

-A pretty good example of late-60s psych rock, and arguably one of the earliest heavy metal albums, though it doesn't bear much resemblance to what the term would come to mean. -It's loud, it's messy, and copious amounts of acid were involved in making this album; what more could you want? -It does feel pretty dated at times though, and aside from the Summertime Blues cover, lacks a big hook.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Some gnarly, noisy blues for its time. Probably not something I would return to but can definitely appreciate how influential this must've been.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

not bad but sort of boring

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Very so-so for me; not much remarkable, but I probably wouldn't skip it if it came up on a random play. I generally like bluesy-rock like this, but the way Blue Cheer puts it together is just not my favorite.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

Solid blues

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

When psychedelic rock goes on the extreme end into the hard blues of acid rock we saw of Cream and Joplin's Big Brother, it starts to take the form of proto-heavy metal. The songs hit really hard, like rockabilly taking LSD and going real crazy. It's not known for its songwriting, but with songs unmatched in distortion and intensity, it stands as one of the most influential albums in the vast genre of metal. The groove sounds a lot like 90s doom metal, and thus I could see the connection with Black Sabbath.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

I can tell that there is so much here that inspired some of the best music (sabbath, Grateful Dead, zeppelin, etc) but I just do t care for how this sounds.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Jytiseehän se! Pitää ehkä kuunnella vielä uudestaan, mutta varovaisen positiivinen viba jäi. Annetaan nyt 3/5, ehkä myöhemmin voisi nousta neloseen.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Olihan aikas jees. Siistejä riffittelyjä.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Heavy. The closest I've heard to someone channeling Jimi Hendrix. Definitely on the leading edge of heavy, blues-based metal. 3 stars.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Some early metal. Interesting to listen to I guess, but not hugely exciting

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Thu May 19 2022
3

An ur-text for stoner rock. Deliberately dumb as a sack of rocks and just as heavy.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Too jammy, but props for keeping the energy high.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Rocks hard. I like it

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Sun Jun 05 2022
3

I like their sound, but the covers were poorly executed. Summertime Blues is not a psychedelic song. Best track: Doctor Please

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

Enjoyable in a Cream/Allman Brothers vein.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Interesting fuzzy raw blues rock? Kind of sounds like Cream but rougher around the edges. It wanders a bit but I was kind of into it.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

Felt like standard 60s rock music. Yet another completely average album. First song wasn’t bad

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

Clearly groundbreaking for the time. Okay for now.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Fun look at the earliest of hard rock. Screaming guitars. Ahead of its time.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Interesting but a little tough to listen to.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

Pretty good.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Abans que Sabbath o Purple. Això sí és protometal en tota la seva intensitat. Blues Rock pesat i improvisat avançant les formes del rock dur dels 70 en plena época hippie. L'únic problema és que ells no tenien les cançons. Tan potent és l'actitud com millorable el contingut

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

This album sounds like proto Black Sabbath with a bit of Cream and Jimi Hendrix mixed in. It is widely considered to be an important hard rock and early heavy metal album. To me, it sounds rough and unfinished. The guitar playing is sloppy and the guitarist is clearly listening to Hendrix but is unable to execute the style well. Regardless, the album is interesting because it is a transition work even if it’s execution leaves a lot to be desired.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Cool late 60’s fuzzy guitar sound

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

A decent rock album from the 60s. Summertime blues is a good song, heard it before, and felt like it was the focal point of the album. I didn’t see how this was the invention of metal music as it didn’t seem that hardcore and not nearly as sinister as Black Sabbath. Also the instrumentals weren’t anymore intense than some other bands in the 60s. But for an album overall it was fine. There was better music made that decade for sure. 5.9/10

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

New to me, good listen.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

It was fine. You can hear where some later heavier bands got some influence from this new style which was cool. Maybe if I heard this in 1968 I would have had my mind blown but it just felt like a more barebones version of newer metal and heavy rock.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

A cool mix of bluesy and hard rock! Some great guitar work and good vocals

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

The whole album isn’t on a Spotify so I had to listen to a YouTube version where it was one long song. Pretty good 70’s rock

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Not as Psychedelic as I was hoping

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Blue Cheer er aldeilis hressilegt band. Mjög rokkaður blús og alveg hægt að finna element sem síðar hafa verið skilgreind sem þungarokk. Áhugavert m.v. ártal útgáfu. Mæli með.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Pretty good, interesting guitar (especially solos), drumming, and bass lines. Mixing felt really weird, with the music being much quieter than vocals.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

This is the White Stripes and Jack if he was jamming in the late 60's. Again - late 60's is a rough era for production but I'll give this a solid 3 for jazz infused rock and jam session.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Never heard it but it sounds like something played to parody the 60s in San Francisco.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Not bad. Thundering drum set. Feels like if you took the members of Cream when they were still in high school and playing together in their garage before they really developed their skills, this is what you might get.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Very advanced for the time, great and innovative sounds. Led Zepplinny. Very cool.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
3

A whole lot of fuzz. Sounds like a whole lot of those other San Fran bands from the late 60s. Probably groundbreaking at the time but not something I would want to listen to on repeat.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
3

Quite passable

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

The hit on the album is good but just feels sorta middle of the road for me…

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Liked the blues of track 2. Makes me think if the MC5 were a jam band, this would be it.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Ok

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

A mix of 13th Floor Elevators, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Iron Butterfly (complete with drum solo) and early Led Zeppelin, with a healthy dose of blues influences. All that and coming in at under 33 minutes to pack a healthy punch. What's not to like?

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Sat Nov 12 2022
3

Chill music for stiners

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

alright

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

I guess there was a time for this

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

Fun blues covers, not as heavy as I had hoped, but an interesting listen nonetheless. I had high hopes since this is considered proto-metal and <strike>paved the road</strike> walked the footpath of one of my favorite genres. It's nice to get a glimpse of where it all started.

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Tue May 25 2021
2

Among albums recorded underwater, this one is the best.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Not great. Starts off well with Summertime Blues then goes downhill.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

Nope.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

boooring

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Sun Apr 25 2021
2

I can see where this was headed but just doesn’t do it for me.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

Esta muy todo muy por sin ningún lado, aunque me imagino que es parte de la idea.

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Bland example of early metal. It’s earlier than you expected for metal, but it’s bland and bad.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
2

It's not for me, anymore.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

Proto-metal? BT: Summertime Blues, Out of Focus, Parchment Farm

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Liked the first track

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Meh.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

Vincebus Eruptum feels like a bit of novelty, but also a signpost of things to come. The band slogs through the six tracks with a novel and sustained guitar tone that sounds like a precursor to heavier genres to come. Despite this revelation on guitar, the rest of the music feels average to downright boring, and the lyrics are so basic, it feels like they were written 5 minutes before the producer hit record. Fav Tracks: Out of Focus

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Tantôt Jimi Hendrix, tantôt Gun N Roses, mais surtout pleinement nul à chier.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

2/5

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Just cause they did it first, doesn’t mean they did it well

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Hmm...maybe I need to hear a remastered version or something because I had a hard time getting into the album

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Tue May 25 2021
2

It was just alright. 60’s rock which I’m sure was great at the time, but listening for the first time it didn’t feel like anything special

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Tue May 18 2021
2

I liked song #2

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

Mmmmmmm, not a massive fan, wouldnt really listen to this passively

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

Psychedelic blues rock. Probably a fun band to see live, but this album didn't really do much for me. It did make me a little curious about this band though. They have some good stuff, just not much on this album in my opinion.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

Just a b-tec version of cream

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

mid

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

While they might have been one of the first ones to play a heavy metal-esque sound, they didn't really do it well

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

I respect the innovation for that time and their influence, but from 2021 eyes, it’s not a great album. Plus they ruined 2 songs I love a lot.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
2

Apparently the first metal album? I liked it, though its not quite my jam.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

Bad stoner rock!

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Sun Sep 26 2021
2

Who new that I was born in the same year as heavy metal. The least I can do is check out its origins… Good to have listened to this from a historical perspective. I have heard Summertime Blues before. Didn’t hate the listen but not really in my wheelhouse.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
2

2/5

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Fri Oct 08 2021
2

Slightly puzzled that this one made the cut. It's OK, with a heavy 60s R&B vibe but nothing that made it stand out for me.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
2

There were some songs I had heard by other groups but this was fairly meh.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

Fun for a few minutes. Got old fast.

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