Message – “From Books And Dreams” LP
Underground progressive hard rock of the early 1970s. Message were proto-metal long-hair-freaks, half German, half British, and based in Düsseldorf. This LP of 1973 (their second) bangs so hard and heavy, and is so dark and uncommercial, the temptation is to classify it as ‘proto-hardcore’. The helpful rule for seeking out hidden treasures from the early 1970s: if it features a skull on the cover – it’s probably worth investigating.