Psychedelic-Rock'n'roll: Damnation of Adam Blessing - Second Damnation (EXCELLENT ACID HARD-ROCK US 1970)

19 February 2009

Damnation of Adam Blessing - Second Damnation (EXCELLENT ACID HARD-ROCK US 1970)

Damnation_of_Adam_Blessing,second_Damnation,psychedelic-rocknroll,hard-rock,cleveland,ohio,alarm_clocks,United_Artists,FRONT"DAMNATION OF ADAM BLESSING - SECOND DAMNATION" (EXCELLENT ACID HARD-ROCK US 1970)

"Damnation of Adam Blessing" was formed in Cleveland in 1968 including veterans of the Garage Bands, "The Alarm Clocks" (who did a single with future "Damnation of Adam Blessing" drummer "Bill Schwark"), and "The Society" (with future "Damnation of Adam Blessing" singer "Adam Blessing", aka "Billy Constable").
"Damnation of Adam Blessing"'s focus was obviously on contemporary Hard-Rock, but the arrangements were far more advanced.

While most Heavy Rock acts featured screaming or shouting vocalists, "Damnation of Adam Blessing" tested the waters with low-range, gospel-like harmonies and "Adam Blessing"'s grinding yet melodic leads.
Songs would shift from simple Rock arrangements into idiosyncratic middle-eights - sometimes over a pounding rhythm by drummer "Bill Schwark" and bassist "Ray Benich", sometimes enhancing a ballad.

Damnation_of_Adam_Blessing,second_Damnation,psychedelic-rocknroll,hard-rock,cleveland,ohio,alarm_clocks,ConstableAnd when it came to hooks, "Damnation of Adam Blessing" could lure in the listener almost every time.
After months of local gigging the "Damnation of Adam Blessing" signed to "United Artists" and issued their self-titled debut LP in 1969, followed by a tour in support of "The Faces".
"Second Damnation" followed in 1970, generating the minor hit "Back To The River" (United Artists 50726);

Damnation_of_Adam_Blessing,second_Damnation,psychedelic-rocknroll,hard-rock,cleveland,ohio,alarm_clocks,benichIn the "Second Damnation", (United Artists UAS-6773) they went into a more determinetly Hard-Rock direction, still featuring the Powerful, husky vocals of "Adam Blessing", and deploying vocal harmonies with more taste and subtlety than many similar outfits did.

see also "The Alarm Clocks - Yeah!" (Garage Punk US 1966)