#118 Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum

Vincebus Eruptum is an extremely weird name for an album. Or is it if your album is considered the first heavy metal album? Blue Cheer have the honour of being the proto-type for heavy metal. They took the blues, turned up the guitar all the way up to the metal level, and created a new genre and a hit album.

The album is extremely short on songs and it contains mostly covers. The one hit from it was Eddie Cochran‘s “Summertime Blues“. Cochran was a huge star in the late 50s and early 60s. Unfortunately, he died while touring in England in a taxi accident at the age of 21.

Cochran’s “Summertime Blues”

I am not a fan of heavy metal, but I do not hate it. I think this album is good for the first of its genre. The problem for Blue Cheer was more than likely they took too much Blue Cheer and it caused internal and external problems. They had many changes in the lineup and that is almost never good for a band. Maybe bands should go to couples’ therapy. U2 has managed to stay together without any changes.

You can find the album on Spotify. It is really interesting to listen to it if you appreciate heavy metal at all. I can hear some of Led Zeppelin’s sound in this album. 6/10.

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