Birth Control - Hoodoo man LP
Whilst the first six albums from this Seventies taboo-baiting Prog Rock outfit are all well worth exploring, it is probably Hoodoo Man which best personifies the lightning-hot heavy Rock sound Birth Control were, during their earlier days at least, so adept at producing.
Featuring a controversial sleeve design, Hoodoo Man finds the German outfit in blistering form. Indeed, everything about the album simply exudes confidence, the improved production quality showing off the group's razor-sharp brand of manic, high-tempo Power Prog to ear-shattering effect.
The focus is very much on bristling grooves, crazed organ solo's and pumped-up riffs. Their galloping proto-Metal best emphasized by the crushing rhythms of "Suicide", the gloriously anthemic strains of fan-favourite "Gamma Ray" and, best of all, the charging organ-drenched groove of "Get Down To Your Fate".
Amongst their very best, Hoodoo Man comes highly recommended. Fans of Deep Purple should have no trouble in appreciating this album.
180 gram audiophile vinyl
3. GET DOWN TO YOUR FATE
1. GAMMA RAY
2. HOODOO MAN