Suck – Time To Suck (Retro Fresh Records)


Suck were, like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, one of the early practitioners of heavy metal music. Their only album, Time To Suck, was released in 1970 to little fanfare, which is a shame since it’s quite good. Perhaps it was hard for a band from Johannesburg to get exposure outside their hometown, or, more likely, the group suffered from a lack of material, with only one original out of nine songs. Even if they were mostly concerned with interpreting contemporaries like Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad and Donovan (an epic ten-minute “Season of  the Witch”), they did it well, handling the complex prog-like structures on King Crimson and Colosseum covers and also tackling the harder stuff, like Deep Purple’s “Into The Fire” and the non-album bonus cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”, with gusto, thanks in no small part to lead singer Andy Ionnides’ powerful voice which recalls Robert Plant. An interesting side-trip into the early days of heavy metal.

 

Tracklisting:
  • Aimless Lady [3.12] originally by Grand Funk Railroad
  • 21st Century Schizoid Man [4.51] originally by King Crimson
  • Season Of The Witch [10.07] originally by Donovan
  • Sin’s A Good Man’s Brother [3.35] originally by Grand Funk Railroad
  • I’ll Be Creeping [3.19] originally by Free
  • The Whip [2.54] written by Suck
  • Into The Fire [3.18] originally by Deep Purple
  • Elegy [2.58] originally by Colosseum
  • War Pigs [7.14] originally by Black Sabbath
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