4 out of 5 Stars!
To me, Bloodrock was one of the most powerful and important bands to have emerged in the early ’70s in America, although the group never seemed to get the recognition it deserved for defining, along with Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad, etc., the “heavy American rock sound.” With U.K. bands such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, etc. seemingly at the forefront of the worldwide Hard Rock/Heavy Rock/Heavy Metal scene, Bloodrock and scores of other great American bands usually seemed to disappear into the background when it came to receiving press and media coverage back in the ’70s, and even nowadays, are rarely mentioned at all, or with the same degree of godlike reverence as the aforementioned British groups continue to enjoy.
Anyway, during its heaviest and most creative period in 1970 and 1971—when the band released no less than four enjoyable studio albums—Bloodrock was the American counterpart to Deep Purple, in my estimation, so it’s a shame this Texas band still remains horribly obscure.
The 1970 debut album is a slamming collection of catchy, Heavy Psych tracks, with thick Hammond organ, crunchy rhythm guitars, and raucous solos, and songs such as “Gotta Find a Way,” “Wicked Truth,” “Castle of Thought,” “Double Cross,” and (my favorite) “Melvin Laid an Egg” proved as strong and as alluring as anything that was being produced across the pond in the U.K. during the same year.
Anyway, perhaps had the original lineup of Bloodrock not burned out all its fuel like a mighty supernova—for most bands, two years is hardly enough time to gain any sort of lasting recognition—or not so drastically altered its style in 1972 and 1974 for the final two albums—dropping many of its heavy elements and becoming a lighter Prog-Rock group that left many die-hard fans confused by the change in direction—a greater number of people might remember Bloodrock today.