Randy Holden is perhaps best remembered for his brief stint in Blue Cheer. However, it’s this monstrously heavy blues-driven proto-metal bomb that’s a holy grail for collectors. Understandably so, as Population II makes Blue Cheer (often described as the heaviest band of the 60s) sound light in comparison.
Buried Treasure: Randy Holden's Population II
Riches from the rock underground
The band consisted of Holden on guitar/vocals/bass and Chris Lockheed on drums. The relentless dirge and excessive volume of Holden make this album more of a showcase for his six‑string heroics than a timeless exercise in classic songwriting, and these are both its strong and its weak points.