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27 Feb 2017

The Storm “The Storm” 1974 Spain Heavy Psych,Hard Rock

The Storm “The Storm” 1974 Spain Heavy Psych,Hard Rock
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Known as "the Spanish Deep Purple", The Storm (most Spanish people know them as just Storm) were formed in the Andalusian city of Sevilla in the late 60's by twin brothers Angel and Diego Ruiz (guitar and drums respectively and both sharing the duties as lead singers), their cousin Luis Genil (organ & backing vocals) and Jose Torres (bass & backing vocals). Their original name was Tormentos meaning Torments, but while doing gigs in Madrid the manager of the concert venue Barbarella suggested them to look for a more English-sounding name, and since the very similar Spanish word Tormenta means Storm the choice was made.
Storm became loved for their powerful live performances, they supported Queen in Barcelona in December 1974 and Freddie Mercury had only praises for them and was surprised that they did not have international exposure, he and Roger Taylor went personally to their dressing room to congratulate them and after having seen Diego's drum solo Roger did not dare playing his on that evening's show. Diego was indeed a great drummer and his solos were spectacular, he would leave the drumkit and continue soloing tapping with his feet and drumming on anything he could find with the drumsticks, and Angel's guitar solos were no less of a show, emulating Hendrix, Page & co playing his Strat with his teeth, a drumstick or a glass.

They played proggy hard rock much in the style of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin or Atomic Rooster, with the interplays between guitar and Hammond and a very powerful drumming being their signature features.

In 1974 they finally released this debut album, recorded basically live at Madrid's Audiofilm studio in a record time of 4 and a half hours. Most lyrics are in English interspersed with a bit of Spanish but clearly the lyrics were not the focus point. The original vinyl is highly priced in the collectors world.

I've Gotta Tell Your Mama and It's All Right are just hardrockers, not bad but not too interesting from a prog perspective. Then we have some hard rocking songs but which add some juice by incorporating some time signature changes or interesting shifts, these include I'm Busy, Woman Mine and I Don't Know. Great songs.

And then we have the three great instrumental tracks which are the real meat for proggers: Un Señor Llamado Fernandez De Cordoba (dedicated to their eccentric manager Jose Luis Fernandez De Cordoba) and Crazy Machine are all about great interplays between guitar and Hammond (Crazy Machine including a 2 min drum solo), and the closer Experiencia Sin Organo (Organ-less Experience) which is pure guitar delight in a Zeppelinesque style.

Fans of the best Deep Purple will love this one. Unfortunately the compulsory military service prevented them from staying alive from 1975 to 1978, and by that time the music scene had changed a lot, they would release a 2nd and last album in 1979 but with a rather different style and little success.

You can watch a 30 min performance on a 1975 spanish TV show here, just add http:// in front of this Gerinski ...........

A dark cloud hangs over the music of The Storm, an Andalusian outfit that never quite made it. The band was formed in Seville in 1969 by brothers Angel and Diego RUIZ - Angel on guitar and vocals, and Diego on drum's with Luis GENIL on organ and Jose TORRES on bass. However, the band did not release their self titled debut until 1974; the record was quite well received as an energetic example of the link between late 60's psychedelic fuzz and bluesy 70's metal.

Although the band gained further acclaim touring - most notably from fellow flamboyant art rocker Freddy Mercury during a concert in Barcelona - a record deal with EMI fell through. The Storm was plagued by censorship issues (which had led the band to record its debut in English); as tensions grew tempestuous, the band released its second album, 1979's The Day Of The Storm (this time in Spanish). The album was criticized for dropping many of the debut's merits, and was to be their final work. Since the death of Genil in 2004, the chances of a reunion record seem slim, although the band has since reunited on stage.

What is so odd about The Storm is that they seem to have come onto the playing field a bit late. Their Spanish contemporary Triana was deep into symphonic rock, whereas The Storm seems to fit in much more comfortably with the earlier heavy blues of LED ZEPPELIN and DEEP PURPLE, or the freaked out, organ dominated grooves of ATOMIC ROOSTER and PROCOL HARUM. The debut, a prized item among vinyl collectors, is punctuated by passages of deep psychedlia, virtuoso keyboard work and blistering blues, and fans of such sounds in Spanish should seek it out. ....Colin (The Whistler)....Progarchives.....

Practiced a very progressive hard rock influenced by Deep Purple (listening to the group’s keyboard is inevitable to think of them). They were formed by brothers Angel and Diego Ruiz and his cousin Luis Genil, which respectively touching the guitar, the drums and keyboard, and Jose Torres on bass and vocals.
Born in 1969, as the stormy, but a developer decided to rename a day that went to Madrid to accompany the singer Blume of the Storm.
Many people know them to dry by Storm, but I’ve seen many times the name of the band as The Storm, so, as you call them.
This LP is very psychedelic, with rudimentary English and Spanish at the time some titles (in the letters could not, censorship is not …), forgetting that the instrumental .. A curious fact that suffered and many groups of the era was that they had to sing in English to be free from censorship.Also curious is the anecdote for veáis as was the era, which counts Jose Carlos Molina (nu) had to change the name of one of his first bands Dust, censorship was bad because they are called Dust.The fact is that the disc contains songs like the rabid ‘I’m busy,’ ‘Woman mine’, ‘It’s all right’ or the instrumental “One man called Fernandez de Cordoba, ‘obviously dedicated to one of the greatest entertainers of the scene at the time, or the impressive displays of virtuosity of ‘Crazy machine.Leaving on tour and get a major success, particularly in Madrid and Bilbao which become their adoptive cities, but not to forget his beloved Sevilla, which are in love.It is in this era when sharing cartel with the mythical Queen in Barcelona. It was at a performance at the Palacio de los Deportes, where the band was a major feat. The battery personally congratulated them and told them that “what am I going to do one? After your performance, it goes” and even Freddie Mercury fell to congratulate them, and liked him so much the performance of the band, which they wanted to carry on world tour with them, a view supported their manager.Offered them a juicy contract with EMI, but due to problems with Fernandez de Cordoba, was not carried out eventually.............

Last Sunday, November 8, Cachitos de Hierro and Cromo de La 2 de Televisión Española dedicated the program to the world of heavy and rock music. Under the title of 'Buscando Rock' and with the hashtag #CachitosJevi, during the 58 minutes of the program, numerous groups with well-sharpened steel ropes were paraded. In his traditional TORP, I was pleasantly surprised by the number 5 that came to Sevillians The Storm, a band that was born in the late sixties under the name of Los Tormentos, got drunk on the hard rock of people like Deep Purple , Its clearest influence, sifting it somehow by the idiosyncrasy of its Andalusian rock (more accused in the second delivery, sponsored by the triumph of Triana), always marked by the psychedelic and progressive cut. Thus, in 1974 German Basf decided to publish their debut album, with an eponymous title. Eight cuts and 33 minutes of tumbling and impressive vigor and freshness.
The album opens with two trallazos sung in a rather clumsy and troubled English, perhaps suited to live with a sonorous waste of keyboards, guitars, hyper bass and solid battery. The group that records this first album is formed by two brothers, a cousin and a friend. Luis Geniz Rodríguez to keyboards and voice (as Jesus de la Rosa, from Triana, curiously), passed away in 2004, Ángel (so Hendrix) and Diego Ruiz Geniz on guitar and vocals and drums respectively, and José Torres Alcoba as Bassist and voice (they all sang here, as in Mastodon), replaced in the second work El Día de la Tormenta, captivatingly commercial, in 1979, by Pedro García. 'I've Gotta Tell You Mom' and 'I'm Busy' are two urgent and accelerated issues. Pure rockyrol. The experimental poses arrive in 'A man named Fernandez de Córdoba' (a title song, dedicated to his manager José Luis), an extensive instrumental improvisation where they temper the forms and handle the spatial concept that will reflect especially in the texts of his second delivery.

'Woman Mine' has a darker base with a bluesy ancestry in the main melody accented, more patent in the main solo, of the most brilliant of the ensemble. The subject plays between the storm and the calm constantly, even lowering the volume notoriously in the final part, before the last explosion. If the album accelerates the heart, live had to be a pass, so it is not uncommon for Freddy Mercury to bet on taking them on tour as a support, something that finally did not go ahead by decision of the British manager. More hedonism and attitude in 'It's All Right', of less than three minutes, of which it is noticed that Rosendo took good note in its day. For its part, 'I Do not Know' presents more zeppeliana, even in the groans that populate the instrumental break.

In 'Crazy Machine' we arrive at an accelerated presentation of an instrumental cut that will give space to the lucimiento of the four musicians, even with airs of jazz in its central part, to close with a brutal solo of battery, that seems extracted of a concert ... Or almost, the record was recorded in only four and a half hours, hence the feelings of immediacy. Madness, as the title advances, which shows the out of the ordinary of his proposal for a country still sleepy. The last cut, 'Unlearned Experience', is also instrumental and presents a basis reminiscent of the early Sabbaths. The beat of the battery is once again an explosive locomotive that leaves you ... only 33 minutes later ... completely exhausted..........

Bass – José Torres
Co-producer – Fernández De Córdoba
Drums – Diego Ruiz
Guitar [Electric] – Ángel Ruiz
Organ – Luis Genil

A1 I've Gotta Tell You Mama
A2 I Am Busy
A3 Un Señor Llamado Fernández De Córdoba
A4 Woman Mine
B1 It's All Right
B2 I Don't Know
B3 Crazy Machine
B4 Experiencia Sin Órgano

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