An interesting detailed article about Iron Butterfly’s place in the history of heavy music. Highly recommend to read. The article is by Alan Di Perna. Here is an excerpt
There’s a Saturday Night Live sketch from the ’70s in which John Belushi, portraying the spaced-out acidhead character “Windowpane,” points to a copy of Iron Butterfly’s 1968 record In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida and calls it “the heaviest record ever made, man.” That may well have been true when the L.A. band’s best-known song first hit the scene in the summer ’68. In the years since, Iron Butterfly have frequently been hailed as the fathers of heavy metal. They’ve been called that by no less an authority than Def Leppard, for instance. And thrash metal icons Slayer released their own head-banging version of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida in 1987.
So is it really true? Did Iron Butterfly really invent heavy metal? History buffs will tell you that inventions of any sort—from the light bulb to the telephone to the electric guitar—are rarely the work of one person, or even one group of individuals. But the case for Iron Butterfly’s role as important metal precursors is pretty strong.
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