Thursday, November 4, 2010

Høst - På Sterke Vinger

Salutations, Swamplings. Tonight's early chill and threats of snow put me in the mood for some frosty windswept psychedelia. Norway's Høst ("Autumn") somehow stumbled onto the Thin Lizzy formula of dueling lead guitars contemporaneously with their Irish fellow travelers. This album was released in 1974, the same year as Lizzy's seminal Nightlife, which introduced the sound to British heads a few years before Iron Maiden made it a staple of the newly formed heavy metal scene. Like both of these bands, Høst also maintains a fearsome rhythm section, with a bass style that anchors the songs and a drummer that propels them perpetually forward. I also hear traces of underrated American band Dust too, another favorite here in Swamp town, especially in the epic sweep of the songs and the mathematically complex meter shifts. Yes, this is perfect for the mood in the air right now; let the winter come.
The album title, of course, means "On Strong Wings."


  1. Wings, not winds.

    Thank you very much for a great blog.

  2. Thank you for the correction! fixed...


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