Australian Hard Rock

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Cover artwork for Wolfmother adapted from Sea Witch by Frank Frazetta.
Frazetta was the legendary comic book artist whose artwork, posters and covers work helped make even greater legends of characters such as Buck Rogers and Conan The Barbarian and other epic/fantasy heroes . He was aa heavy metal favourite during the 1970s and came back into favour before his death in 2010 with bands such as Wolfmother.

Frazetta was the legendary comic book artist whose artwork, posters and covers work helped make even greater legends of characters such as Buck Rogers and Conan The Barbarian and other epic/fantasy heroes . He was aa heavy metal favourite during the 1970s and came back into favour before his death in 2010 with bands such as Wolfmother.

Initially inspired by the harder English sounds of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and then inevitably by the almighty Gods of Thunder themselves Led Zeppelin who toured in 1972, Australian hard rock’s early days flirted with chart success with Zoot and Buffalo.

However, it wasn’t until the 80s that an Australian pub-based hard rock sound found success with Rose Tattoo and the likes of Cold Chisel and the Screaming Jets. In a totally antithetical and seemingly retrograde musical move a nice young man called Andrew Stockdale went to hell and back and formed Wolfmother and went back to the Satan-like days of Sabbath and Deep Purple.

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