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The tough city of Detroit in Michigan is the home town of many of my favourite musicians but the interesting thing for me is that after scraping off the surface of great talent such as Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Alice Cooper, MC5 and even Eminem there lies a layer of lesser known bands who are also really good. Detroit is just a great musical city.
Mystic Siva are not as good as the little known groundbreaking punk band Death (check them out if you've never heard of them) but they are quite original and remain rather unknown. Playing in the late 60s and 1970, I would describe them as sounding like what Black Sabbath would sound like if Mick Jagger was the singer.
Given, they are a little lighter than Black Sabbath and generally more psychedelic but there is definitely an eeriness to the music that lends itself to a similar style of music, if I directed horror films then I'd definitely be wanting to include Mystic Siva's tracks in the soundtrack.
The vocals seem rather similar to Mick Jagger's which give the band a poppy edge over some of their contemporaries but it's still cool. Lyrically the band dabble with the occult and like many of the bands of the seem rather in to drugs, whether they are playing their own early progressive tracks or doing fast, rowdy and raw covers of beat tracks such as "I'm A Man" originally by the Spencer Davis Group.
The album is very heavy on Hammond organ playing but they also lay down some chunky bass lines and nice guitar solos, I think the best song is "Keeper of the Keys" which happens to be the first track on the album as well.
Mystic Siva is super hard to get hold of, quite pricey on outlets such as Amazon and definitely something worth picking up if you ever come across it.