This is a Spanish band that was founded in the early Seventies when three
young guys met at school in Seville, the cradle of flamenco. But their music
had nothing in common with Prog Andaluz (like Smash, Triana and Medina
Azahara): they started to play covers from The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Cream
and Guess Who. But soon after a fourth member on organ had joined and the
band had changed their name from Los Tormentos into The Storm, everybody was
impressed by the progressive hardrock of Led Zeppelin and especially Deep
Purple. Then Storm changed their musical direction: a heavy rock sound with
omnipresent Hammond organ work. They joined gigs with known Spanish rock
bands Smash and Maquina! and gradually The Storm became pretty popular among
the hardrock aficionados. In 1974 the band released their eponymous debut
album, the single Ive To Tell You Mama/Its Allright even reached the top in
the Spanish charts! And The Storm impressed Freddy Mercury when they were
support-act for Queen during one concert, the sky looked very bright ....
but unfortunately due to different reasons like work overload, miliairy
service and a changing musical taste in Spain, things didnt work out as
planned and foreseen. In 1979 their second album entitled El Dia De La
Tormenta was released but with a new bass player and a hardly recognisable
sound, a bit of a sad goodbey. Perhaps we can cynically conclude that The
Storm was a heavy but short one.
On their debut album The Storm delivers mainly rock songs with simple
(mainly) English lyrics, heavy guitarwork and cascades of Hammond organ
(great solos in Woman Mine and Its All Right), often Atomic Rooster (John
DuCann line-up) comes to my mind because of the swirling Hammond organ,
fiery electric guitar and exciting heavy climates. At some moments The Storm
surprises the listener with interesting musical ideas like in the long and
progressive Crazy Machine (biting wah-wah guitar and jazzy interlude with
outstanding Hammond work), I Dont Know (break with swinging rhythm guitar
and lush Hammond) and Experiencia Sin Organo (Black Sabbath meets Led
Zeppelin with heavy guitar runs and .. no organ as the title suggests).
If you like Hammond drenched progressive hardrock like Atomic Rooster, Uriah
Heep and Deep Purple, this band is worth to check out.