Mother/Bow To The King
"Bang's sophomore album, 1972's Mother/Bow to the King, probably raised quite a few eyebrows in its day based on its curious cover art alone (is that "mother" herself serving the band a very large pie, and is that one dude wearing a cape?), but it was likely the two-for-one title intended to represent each of its vinyl sides that was most revealing of the young band's impending crisis of artistic direction. Until recently, the Philadelphia natives had been just another inexperienced power trio aspiring to become the next Cream, Mountain, or Grand Funk Railroad; then they were plucked out of obscurity by the latter band's parent label, Capitol Records, and asked to deliver in kind, so one can only imagine the sort of pressure and uncertainty tormenting the members of Bang once their first LP failed to set the world on fire. All that being said and notwithstanding the unnecessary sacking of drummer Tony Diorio, there was nevertheless a lot of musical continuity between that debut and the sophomore Mother/Bow to the King, both halves of which were still dominated by high-energy proto-metal exercises like "Humble," "Idealist Realist," and "Feel the Hurt," among others. The folky handclaps of "Mother," the funky guitar of "Keep On," and the proggy ambitions of "Bow to the King" showcased the band's broadening songwriting interests in a positive light; but it was Capitol's insistence that Bang cover the Guess Who's "No Sugar Tonight" (which needless to say stuck out like a sore thumb) that told the real and rather unhappy story behind these sessions -- a sign of bigger problems yet to come. For the moment, however, Bang seemed willing and able enough to tackle these various setbacks and compromises in the interest of developing its career for the long haul. Circumstances would sadly quickly scuttle any chance for them to achieve those long-term goals, but at least for the moment, Mother/Bow to the King saw Bang churning out a decent amount of fledgling heavy rock with which to gain a few new fans." - Allmusic
"Wrapped in heavy vintage style tip-on gatefold jackets, the BANG discography makes a much needed comeback on vinyl. Mastered at Orgone Studios for maximum analog pleasure, these LPs have the aim of being the ultimate Bang vinyl editions.
Svart Records is set to re-release all four 1970s albums by the reunited Philadelphia-based doom metal forerunners Bang cooperation with the band. The albums will be exclusively available at Bang’s European tour, which starts from Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, on April 14, 2016.
The band was founded in August 1969, a week or two after Woodstock, by 16-year-old high school dropouts Frank Ferrera (vocals, bass) and Frank Gilcken (guitar), who swiftly recruited a 26-year-old Tony Diorio (drums), who answered their ad in a local newspaper. Bang were shaping up to be the next big thing in 1972 with keen support from Capitol Records, their first single “Questions” climbing the charts and shows lining up with numerous major bands of the era, including their mutual favorite and biggest influence, Black Sabbath.
In spite of hype, the success story never came to be, much due to a corporate shakeup at Capitol, losing their producer Michael Sunday and being blackballed from getting gigs. The band disbanded in sheer frustration in 1974, only three years after the release of their self-titled debut.
However, Bang left behind them a dominant recorded legacy consisting of four full-length albums: Bang (1971), Mother/Bow to the King (1972), Music (1973) and Death of a Country, which was recorded in 1971, but remained unreleased for decades.
Now all four classic albums will see the light of day in luxurious form, and the cover artwork for Death of a Country has been made accordingly to the original plan for the first time ever."