15 February 2012

Fly by Night, Away from Here

Rush (Canada)
Fly by Night
February 15, 1975

Listening back to this underrated album, which came out on this day 37 years ago, really reestablishes my appreciation of Rush as a band. This was some heavy shit back then, the overall presentation is dark and mysterious, yet the content remains defiantly positive in nature. The standout centrepiece of the album, By-Tor & the Snow Dog, is a focus on the more darker subject matter, a tale of a heroic snow dog that saves the world from the prince of Hell. Truly epic. Musically, its just dripping with black mass atmosphere, with the ghostly squeals of shadows in battle with the light. For the most part, I find the music outplays the lyrics overall, Neil Peart is a beast behind the kit, and and indeed the trio as a whole rock out with a looseness and a more immediate sense of aggressiveness (that inevitably began to get reigned in), paving the way for the emergence of heavy, fast and more technical players and sub genres in their wake. Certainly one of the most, if not the most, significant Canadian band in the evolution of heavy metal. Take a listen.

Anthem by Rush on Grooveshark
Best I Can by Rush on Grooveshark
Beneath, Between & Behind by Rush on Grooveshark
By-Tor & The Snow Dog: I. At The Tobes of Hades / II. Across The Styx / III. Of The Battle / IV. Epilogue by Rush on Grooveshark
Fly by Night by Rush on Grooveshark
Making Memories by Rush on Grooveshark
Rivendell by Rush on Grooveshark
In the End by Rush on Grooveshark

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