In retrospect, it is not hard to find hints of a coming change in the final album Cat Stevens made before a near-death experience and a religious conversion.
Back when he released High Top Mountain in 2013, the retro sensibilities of Sturgill Simpson seemed to be rooted solely in outlaw country: he swaggered like the second coming of Waylon Jennings, a man on a mission to restore muscle and drama to country music. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, his 2014 sophomore set, was a curve ball revealing just how unorthodox his rulebook was. After nearly two decades of alternative country doubling down on po-faced authenticity where simpler was better, Simpson embraced indulgence, pushing new wave, psychedelia, and digital-age saturation, all in an attempt to add the cosmic back into American music.
Gabriel Bondage originated from Morton Grove, Illinois, USA around 1973 and continued playing up to 1984. Bands members also had various other side projects up until 1984.Their music can be best described as spacey, great Heavy Prog like organ and keyboard work and along with their UK neighbors, Gravy Train, delivered an underlying religious theme to their music. Most sources show the band formed in 1973 and their first album Angel Dust was in released in 1975. This is seen my many to be their more inferior work. Their follow up Another Trip To Earth was released in 1977 to wider acclaim. They developed quite a strong cult following in the States especially live but sadly never released any other studio albums. The good news is they have reformed and are working on new material.
The departure of Ronnie James Dio gave Ritchie Blackmore a chance to reinvent Rainbow, which he does to a certain extent on Down to Earth. Adding former Deep Purple colleague Roger Glover as bassist and Graham Bonnet as vocalist, Blackmore tones down some of the excess of the Dio years, particularly in terms of fantastical lyrics, and turns to straight-ahead hard rock, only occasionally adorned by prominent synthesizers…