Album out now on Rise Above Records
If occult, slightly theatrical heavy rock whets your whistle, then this will be very much your bag and bears favourable comparison to the likes of Black Widow, Warhorse and Saturnalia. And if you're an open minded fan of Steve Harris' troupe who picks this up accidentally or out of curiosity, it's entirely likely that you'll dig this. ---The Active Listener
Using unreleased tapes found by Steve Drewett, the officially released single and two bonus tracks from when the band were called Bum, Rise Above Relic’s have re-mastered the tracks, to produce a unique experience of a band from the late 60’s / early 70’s that some aficionado’s have called the world’s first doom metal band.
Rise Above Relics in their genius wisdom have dusted off some old demo tapes and re-released these prized recordings along with the said two tracks from their single. I say prized recordings as with this style of music there is very little guitar distortion, each note can be clearly audible, each intricate riff and band jam is captured perfectly and it also makes you realise how talented these guys were way back then.
"God of Darkness", one of the demos here can lay claim to being one of, if not the
earliest example of doom metal with an occult lyric that predates the first Black
Sabbath LP by a year.
(Paul Madison - Ave Noctum - Jun 27, 2012)
Before taking on the name Iron Maiden, BUM were still quintessentially a power blues / rock band. Their early influences of the Rolling Stones, Cream & Led Zeppelin still resonating within the band’s sound. Overcoming problems the name BUM (it was a risque name even in the 60s) had given the band, they were beginning to break into the live circuit and make a name for themselves.