For months, you’ve been reading guest columns from some of metal’s best and brightest. The topic? Three bands our readers may not know about, but should.
Today, returning GSA columnist Robert Meadows of A Life Once Lost contributes to this ongoing series with an entry of his own.
He is on the same page as Jimi Hendrix — in Japan. His unique approach to playing guitar and in bands was amazing — totally pure with no real desire for wealth. He jammed out in various other groups but alway kept his style close to the hard rock blues that bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple were involved with. A must listen for fans of stoner psych rock.
I believe they released numerous records but the one that spoke deeply with me was Desert Places. A 70′s German progressive group that never seemed to get the credit they deserved. With bands like Pink Floyd and Can, Satin Whale was overlooked as so many other groups were in their shoes. You can only go so far when the waterway is packed with groups mimicking their predecessors. Awesome music that sets the mood perfectly for any long drives.
With this foursome powerhouse, I would have felt the sky was the limit. True musicians through and through. Vocalist of Deep Purple, guitar and bassist from Iron Butterfly and a drummer that had a prolific career playing with greats in the blues scene, Captain Beyond managed to mix the hard rock blues with a magnificent progressive feel that no other band of their generation had. A constant daily listen for me.
And here’s where you can catch A Life Once Lost live.
3/6: Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
3/9: Monterrey, Mexico @ Festival NRMAL
3/11: McAllen, TX @ Aria
3/13: Austin, TX @ Metal & Lace/Headhunters Official SXSW Showcase (ALOL plays at 1 am)
3/15: Austin, TX @ The Annex at 1808
3/17: Oklahoma City @ The Chameleon Room
3/18: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
3/19: Prestonburg, KY @ Jenny Wiley Convention Center
3/20: Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
3/21: Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finn’s
3/22: Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s
3/23: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
3/24: Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
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