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Iron Claw [Import]

Iron Claw Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rockadrome
  • ASIN: B001VP4BZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars totally class album 24 July 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
2nd release(more legitemate!)release of a class,but sadly undescovered dumfries based rock band.sound quality now better,and extra tracks included.compared from previous german release with tracks lifted from poorer sound source(possible 3rd generation tape?)if iron claw had been discovered,black sabbath would have had a run for there money(and stories between the two exist making a bit of folklore!)
if you like hard rock,worth a purchase,style very similar to "tear gas"who later became the sensational alex harvey band
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First Black Sabbath tribute band, 1970 21 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
A good gift for every real fan of genuine Black Sabbath - not another half wit uninspiring doomer of today (there are hords of them, parasiting on Black Sabbath legacy*), but real vintage rock act founded in Scotland in 1969. The founder, Alex Wilson, first had an inspiration to set up a heavy band after seeing Led Zeppelin live gig in 1969 (and you can feel some influence - apart from similarities with the heavy side of Jethro Tull and Purple), but changed his mind completely after live performance of Black Sabbath.
The band is playing Black Sabbath-esque tunes, and shoudn't be ashamed of it, because they do it well. The vocals of Mike Waller (17 back then) cannot compete with Osbourne, but he is more powerful and convincing than highly praised debut effort of Black Widow (Sacrifice).
Generally speaking, Black Sabbath could have produced another decent album with the material of Iron Claw.
However, when the band steps aside from the main heavy metal road, the music becomes more messy and less inspiring.

In any case, the album is miles ahead of hundreds (if not thousands) of better known doomers of today - with an exception of Serpent Throne - Battle of Old Crow, Ride Satan Rideand, perhaps, Pre Electric Wizard 1989-1994.

Worth every penny, a really good re-issue by Rockadrome
P.S. I would advise to get another CD from the same label -
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars iron awesome 3 Jun 2010
By B. E Jackson - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I don't care how much a few songs from this Iron Claw album resembles the mighty Black Sabbath- Iron Claw is a mighty fine rock band. Besides, I'd say this band is based more in the blues (excluding the lengthy jam on Sabbath's debut album, of course). "Claustrophobia"... oh I'm sorry "CLAWstrophobia" contains some mighty heavy guitar riffs for its time. Yes it's true you will hear similarities and comparisons ranging from Cream to Deep Purple to Black Sabbath, but I honestly could care less. The fact I'm the first person to review this album is totally amazing to me. This album doesn't deserve to be forgotten, and it's a darn shame it has.

You mean to tell me there's like, THOUSANDS of stoner rock Black Sabbath wannabe bands out there today, and *those* bands are getting more recognition than this Iron Claw album? That makes absolutely ZERO sense. Excuse me if I don't believe that's very fair. According to the description, Iron Claw used to cover Black Sabbath songs back in the day. That would have been something to see through a live experience. Actually that's pretty amazing considering Black Sabbath was just tagged as another rock band back in the early 70's so you'd think their recognition was limited to only small bar bands.

Another band that used to cover Sabbath material was the Flower Travellin' Band but something tells me those guys couldn't cover Sabbath material as believably as Iron Claw could. Just a gut feeling of mine. Of course today we recognize Sabbath for all their innovations and Iommi's ahead of its time distinctive guitar tone, but back in the day, let's just say, it's really awesome at least SOMEBODY out there was paying close attention to Black Sabbath enough to cover their material. Anyway, while listening to Iron Claw, you will probably pick up many Sabbath similarities. I've spotted a few myself. However that's it- only a few similarities here and there, mostly in the beginning. Otherwise Iron Claw was probably listening to Slade (due to the drastic change in rock style that occurs in the second half more fitting for glam rock), John Kay from Steppenwolf (sometimes the lead singer perhaps unintentionally sounds like John Kay in a few spots), Wishbone Ash when they began to turn commercial in the early to mid 70's, and you know I wouldn't even rule out King Crimson during some of the more atmospheric/creepy moments. Throw in melodic flutes and harmonica and yeah, these guys were in fact the real deal.

One track sounds like the speeding up part of the title track "Black Sabbath" from their debut, another song contains tempo changes amazingly similar to "Hands of Doom", while another similarity I immediately noticed was the guitar jam at the end of "Lord of this World" used for a track on this Iron Claw album. Now these aren't note for note ripoffs or anything, and who knows? Perhaps I'm just paying *too* close attention and I'm completely off with my comparisons. Hey I admit I could be. But seriously, listen to this band thoroughly and the Sabbath comparisons will surely fade as the band ventures their songwriting down other territories.

I'd say another band Iron Claw resembles would be Jethro Tull. The flutes, and even some of the guitar solos remind me of early Jethro Tull. Actually listen to the guitar playing from Minstrel in the Gallery and you might hear some similarities. Of course that album came out way after this one, so maybe Jethro Tull was listening to these guys. Of course many of us are aware of the Black Sabbath/Jethro Tull connections concerning Tony Iommi, but that's irrelevant in this particular case. Unless Iron Claw used to tour with those bands back in the day.

Anyway, ENOUGH comparisons. On its own, the majority of this Iron Claw album is some of the finest early hard rock combined with a touch of blues you will ever hear. The vocals become better with repeated listens, and the entire album just has a ton of replay value. PLEASE! Someone else out there review this album so I'm not the only one.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath Tribute - 1970 21 July 2010
By Golovanov Alexey - Published on
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Iron Claw deserves to be better known and recognized as the first genuine tribute Black Sabbath band, founded in 1969 in Scotland by Alex Wilson. Initially, he was inspired by a live gig of Zeppelin (and there is some influence from early Zeppelin music), but then he saw Black Sabbath performing, and made his choice.
Although Mike Waller (then 17) is not equal to Osbourne, his voice is decent and convincing enough.
When Iron Claw plays Sabbath-esque tunes, it's very impressive and confident, and I would say with this material Sabbath itself could have produced an excellent album. However, when the band is trying to step aside from their main road, it becomes a bit messy and not up to standard.
Anyway, that was an excellent band, more powerful than highly praised childish Black Widow (Sacrifice), and miles ahead of the hords of ininspiring doomers of our days - except, perhaps, Serpent Throne - Battle of Old Crow, Ride Satan Ride - O.S.T..
A true gift for die-hard fans of genuine Sabbath, worth every penny
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Obscure Heavy Rock From Scotland 19 Aug 2011
By Aron Rush - Published on
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This band has been hyped around as some lost doom metal classic. There's some good songs on here to be sure, but this is mostly demo quality hard rock with some attempts at getting progressive that are interesting, but need some work and polish. I enjoy this for the most part, and songs like Pavement Artist show this band certainly had some talent, but most of the material just seems unfinished.

This is a Scottish bar band who aren't nearly as heavy or talented as Black Sabbath whom they're so often compared to. For that matter, there are much better dark heavy bands from Scotland. Nazareth's first album has proto doom metal songs that quite simply blow this away, and it was a low budget indie label recording. The Human Beast recorded thier one and only album of dark heavy psych in one day with no budget to speak of and surpassed the music on this disc in quality and performance. Iron Claw had several years to get it together and should be better. As for the Black Widow comparrison, where did that come from? People are always dumping Black Widow in with doom metal and heavy rock, I suppose because of the occult content. Widow was a progressive band and could run musical circles around Iron Claw all day long (just listen to their self titled sophmore effort!).

If you collect obscure heavy bands from the late 60's and early 70's like I do, you will probably like this, but for heavy demo quality music, pick up Wicked Lady's Axeman Cometh and Psychotic Overkill, and Pentagram's First Daze Here before you get this one. They are much better. If you really want to hear Iron Claw, I recommend the bootleg called Buried Together. The Iron Claw material is mistakenly attributed to Antrobus, but you get the best songs on here, and more impotantly, you get four cuts by The Flying Hat Band. That was Glen Tipton's pre-Judas Priest group, and they rock! If you like Tipton's dark heavy rhythm and leads from the first three Priest albums, you should get a real kick out of it.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre At Best 15 May 2011
By Christopher A. Morgan - Published on
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According to the CD's liner notes, when Iron Claw met their heroes Black Sabbath backstage after one of Sab's gigs, the gave the mighty ones an Iron Claw demo tape. Months later, Sabbath's management contacted them threatening to sue the pants off Iron Claw, calling their music a "slavish imitation", if they ever released any of their material off the offending demo. Now, what does that tell ya if even Black Sabbath wanted to take Iron Claw out back and shoot 'em? While I can hear them do a piss-poor rip off of N.I.B. on one of their tracks from the demo, its plain to hear that they hadn't the chops to deliver the goods. They simply weren't capable of achieving the sacred groove which makes heavy stoner rock (or any music) work. Sounds more like drunken 14 year olds just learning to emulate Sabbath.

When they do wisely decide to change direction and line-up, there is an marked improvement in the band's sound and performance. They actually begin to achieve a groove on a few tracks. The problem is the lyrics are very corny (usually about "rock n' roll") and the songs themselves really don't stand out. It's only interesting when they experiment in the studio a little and get psychedelic. They tend to sound like High Tide on a real bad night when they go into long improvisations. The musicianship is modest and the vocals by both singers are kind of dead-pan (like they don't really believe in what they're singing) and uninspired.

All in all, it's really not that good. Kind of sub-par stoner rock. If you want some classic obscure stoner rock, get some Budgie. Find some Quartz. Pentagram is quite good. Not to brag, but many of us have been in better bands than Iron Claw and have probably QUIT better bands than Iron Claw.
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