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Ill-Starred Son
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:44 pm 

So I only just the other day discovered Roky Erickson and Aliens through their 1981 album "Evil One" and I have to say that I am absolutely blown away by it and it is already one of my favorite albums of ANY style of music. I just happened to randomly come across it on Youtube without ever having heard of them.

Now I did already know and like the 13th Floor Elevators who are the band who pretty much created Psychedelic rock, but I was unaware that Roky was their vocalist, and anyways, their style is totally different from his style with the Aliens.

But after listening to it I realized how metal sounding an album it is! I mean it's not really metal exactly, but it kind of sounds metal in some ways, and punk in others. Honestly, if I had to describe them I'd say they sound like if you were to throw Pentagram, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Misfits in a blender!

In many ways they do remind me of Pentagram with some of their riffs and both Pentagram and the Misfits with their lyrical material and every track on the album being about ghosts or vampires or Aliens etc.

I now realize that they HAVE influenced metal bands like Ghost was COMPLETELY influenced by them and probably took their name from them and of course covered Erickson's song "If You Have Ghosts" (I think Roky's version is WAY better), as well as Witchcraft and Entombed also covered "The Night of The Vampire"...so they ARE recognized by metal bands, but I've never ONCE heard them mentioned on this site or by metal heads, so why is that when they are CLEARLY so excellent and influential??!!!

I think somehow they have flown under the radar of most metal heads, and in some ways this album truly does have a very "doomy, sabbath-like" sound, as well as a punk sound. I mean just listen to tracks like The Creature With the Atom Brain and the opening riff which is very "sabbath esque IMO", Bloody Hammer and The Night of the Vampire. They also sound like they could have influenced some goth bands like Type O Negative.

I just think this album was WAY ahead of it's time and that more metal heads ought to recognize them.

To some extent I could MAYBE even call this a metal album in some ways...though I guess it's really more rock.

Here's the youtube link to the album:


So, why do you guys think Roky Erickson isn't mentioned more in metal circles and is he perhaps more well recognized as an influence on metal than I realize??

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Ill-Starred Son
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:24 pm 

I mean just listen to these individual tracks and tell me you don't hear metal in them even if they aren't exactly a pure metal band:

Bloody Hammer:


Night of the Vampire:


Creature With the Atom Brain



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:04 am 

He got a lot of exposure through The Devils Blood covering “white faces” about 10!years ago. I saw him on tour around the same time, was a good show
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