The Serpent Is Rising
(Wooden Nickel, 1973)
Years later (like, decades), I rebought the first five albums and was able to dig 'em once again. Guitarist James Young, aka JY, had a knack for hard hard rockers, and "Witch Wolf" from The Serpent Is Rising, their third album, kicks ass quite nicely. Back then, they had yet to devolve from a rock'n'roll band to a crappy Broadway musical about a crappy rock'n'roll band.
So why are they here today, you demand to know? Bassist Chuck Panozzo came out several years back as gay and HIV-positive and, sadly, no longer plays with the band. Then again, Styx've been utter crap since the late '70s, so it's not like he's missing out or anything.