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GALACTIC COWBOYS is a progressive metal band formed in 1989 in Houston, Texas, in the United States.

The founding members were bassist Monty Colvin and singer/drummer Alan Doss, after being together in a band called THE AWFUL TRUTH. After that band broke up, they added singer Ben Huggins and guitarist Dane Sonnier.

In 1991, the GALACTIC COWBOYS released their self-titled debut album on Geffen Records. This album was their most experimental and included their first single "I'm Not Amused".

They followed this up with "Space In Your Face" (1993) which included the title track, "If I Were A Killer", and "I Do What I Do", which all received some radio play. These two albums were produced by Sam Taylor, who was also the band's manager and the manager and producer of fellow bands KING'S X, ATOMIC OPERA, and WATCHTOWER. Following "Space In Your Face", the GALACTIC COWBOYS were dropped from Geffen Records, and parted ways with manager Sam Taylor and guitarist Dane Sonnier.

After briefly breaking up, the band were joined by a new guitarist, Wally Farkas, and released their third album "Machine Fish" (1996) on Metal Blade Records. This was followed by the EP titled "Feel the Rage" (1996) and "The Horse That Bud Built" (1997).

"At The End of The Day" (1998) is arguably their best release. It features the 24-minute long seven-song "The Machine Fish Suite". Founding member and drummer Alan Doss left the band shortly following the release of this album.

The band returned to the studio for one final album titled "Let It Go" (2000). All of the band members took turns at lead vocals, and the drumming vacancy created by Alan Doss' departure was filled on most of the songs by KING'S X drummer Jerry Gaskill.

GALACTIC COWBOYS have been included on ProgArchives because they combine progressive metal with a style of vocals influenced by THE BEATLES and the heavy metal/thrash metal playing style of bands such as METALLICA and ANTHRAX.

(Thanks to Scott for the artist's information.)

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3.34 | 11 ratings
Galactic Cowboys
1991
3.71 | 7 ratings
Space in Your Face
1993
3.38 | 8 ratings
Machine Fish
1996
3.20 | 5 ratings
The Horse that Bud Bought
1997
3.40 | 5 ratings
At the End of the Day
1998
3.00 | 7 ratings
Let it go
2000

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2.13 | 4 ratings
Feel the Rage
1996

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 Let it go by GALACTIC COWBOYS album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.00 | 7 ratings

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Let it go
Galactic Cowboys Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This was GALACTIC COWBOYS final album (barring a comeback) released on 2000. As I mentioned in my review of their debut they had a close relationship with KING'S X back then, being under the same managment and often playing together at concerts. For "Let It Go" the band has hired Jerry Gaskill from KING's X to drum while Ty Tabor also from KING'S X is mentioned in the liner notes as helping with the "tones" whatever that means. Once again we get a lot of humour with those BEATLES-like vocals and heaviness too.The three H's : Humour, Heaviness and Harmonies is what this band is all about.

"T.I.M." opens with humerous spoken words then this Zappa-like music comes in followed by more spoken words then the song kicks in. It's uptempo and ends heavily. "A Different Way" opens with guitar as vocals join in.This sounds like a KING'S X tune when Ty is on vocals. "Life And Times" is fairly laid back with vocals. "Flag" is more uptempo and fuller than the last track but it's far from being a rocker. "Disney's Spinnin'" is much heavier but it does settle back when the vocals arrive.They sound like CHEAPTRICK here. "Hey Mr." opens with spoken words then the guitar comes in and it's nasty. Nice. Drums and bass join in too. Vocal melodies around 4 minutes. Not a bad tune at all. "Another Hill" opens with strummed guitar and vocals only. It's heavier though after a minute.

"Dirty hands" is laid back with guitar and BEATLES-like vocals. It does get fuller. "Boom !" has a heavy beat with someone yelling in the background. "Ordinary" is jazzy with vocal melodies then it turns heavy and picks up quickly.Then it becomes mellow with vocals. "Internalize" is an all out assaullt for the most part then it settles in. "Swimming In December" is spacey to start then it kicks in suddenly after 2 minutes, vocals also join in. It's spacey late to end it as it blends into "Song For Sybo" where it stays spacey. "Future" is mainly strummed guitar and vocal led. Cool tune. "Bucket Of Chicken" is bass / drum / organ led. "The Record Ends" is heavy to start before vocals join in. Spoken words after 3 1/2 minutes.Then for the next 9 minutes it's crazy and experimental. A lot of annoying noise really. I had to turn this down a couple of times when it came on in my store when customers were around. Grating is the word.

I think I like this better than the debut but both are really good. 3.5 stars.

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 Galactic Cowboys by GALACTIC COWBOYS album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.34 | 11 ratings

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Galactic Cowboys Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars GALACTIC COWBOYS are from Texas and share a lot in common with fellow Texans KINGS X. Both were managed by Sam Taylor in the early days and played a lot of shows together.They also have a similar heavy sound with harmonies and Christian based lyrics. I would say GALACTIC COWBOYS are heavier, funnier and more complex though.

"I'm Not Amused" is a good track. Love the way it opens with that cow bellowing followed by cricket sounds and breaking glass. Not your typical intro eh ? Heavy riffs follow then vocals before a minute as it settles.These contrasts continue. Check out the ripping guitar solo after 4 minutes followed by bone crushing riffs. "My School" opens with laid back guitar as reserved vocals come in. A fuller sound 1 1/2 minutes in and it sounds so good. Very KINGS X-like before 3 minutes. Nice harmonies as well. It turns heavy 3 1/2 minutes in. Gorgeous guitar solo before 6 minutes then the thunder comes in. Nice. "Why Can't You Belive In Me" opens with heavy riffs but it levels out quickly so that we get this heavy undercurrent throughout. Love the heaviness 3 minutes in as it slows down. Blistering guitar solo 4 minutes in. "Kaptain Krude" is the heaviest yet ! The tempo picks up as they offer up an all out assault. Vocals and harmonies follow. Crushing track. "Someone For Everyone" opens with gentle guitar before the heaviness arrives quickly. When the vocals come in the heaviness eases up a little. Amazing sound from before 6 minutes to the end.

"Sea Of Tranquility" is almost SABBATH-like in it's gloomy heaviness.The tempo picks up a minute in and vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. Doom-like sound 3 1/2 minutes in as it slows right down.The tempo continues to shift. Themes are repeated. We get some samples from the first man on the moon event. Vocals are back after 5 1/2 minutes. "Kill Floor" opens with aggressive guitar as drums come in like a stampede then vocals. This is very heavy a times. Great chorus and tune ! "Pump Up The Space Suit" sounds like samples from Nassau as this relentless and powerful soundscape carries on.Vocals come in.Very heavy late. "Ranch On Mars (Reprise)" is an excellent song. The vocals are passionate as the guys sing in harmony "Galactic Cowboys" over and over.

"Speak To Me" is the 11 1/2 minute closer. Strummed guitar and reserved vocals open the proceedings. Nice harmonies too. Some power 2 minutes in as the vocals get rougher. Harmonica after 3 minutes. It settles before 6 minutes as they sing "Speak to me" over and over. Ripping guitar 8 1/2 minutes in. So it stops 10 minutes in then this very jazzy soundscape comes in with horns and piano. What !? Then a teacher gives out the lunch menue for the day. Haha !

This is a really good album but the harmonies wear a little thin after a while and i've tired quickly of some of the songs.

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 Galactic Cowboys by GALACTIC COWBOYS album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.34 | 11 ratings

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Galactic Cowboys Progressive Metal

Review by jimidom

4 stars 1991 was supposed to be the year of the death of heavy metal thanks to some flannel-clad bands emerging from the Pacific Northwest. However, down in Texas, heavy metal was going down swinging. Enter Galactic Cowboys, the second brigade of faith rock soldiers from Katy, TX-based producer Sam Taylor's bevy of talent (the first being King's X). Their self-titled debut featured some familiar sounds, especially to those already indoctrinated to the Katy Sound. Sure, there were pretty Beatles-inspired melodies, tight harmonies, and lyrics of faith, but these guys rocked harder and with more complexity than their contemporaries. With the thrash of the opening track I'm Not Amused to the uber-heavy Sea of Tranquility, it was clear that Galactic Cowboys looked up to Watchtower every bit as much as they did King's X; the time signature and tempo changes coupled with the tight riffing come straight from their Austin, TX brethren. Other standout tracks such as Kaptain Krude, Kill Floor, and Speak to Me drive this point home. Although different from other progressive metal acts from the early 1990's, Galactic Cowboys found their niche somewhere between tech metal and classic progressive metal thanks to their melodic approach while remaining heavy and eschewing conceptualism. Although not their best effort, this debut album is highly recommended and receives a rating of 4 stars.

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3.34 | 11 ratings

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Galactic Cowboys Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars Galactic Cowboys self-titled debut album was released in 1991. Considering the music it contains Iīm pretty surprised that I havenīt been introduced to this album before now. This is the kind of music I would probably have enjoyed greatly in the early nineties.

Galactic Cowboys donīt play progressive metal as I think of that genre. Which means that this is not Dream Theater, Queensrĸche or Fates Warning influenced in any way. The style is rather a mix of primarely traditional heavy metal and hard rock with a few hints to thrash metal. In addition to that, there are a few odd-ball moments here and there that makes this album a bit different from your usual metal album. Those moments are very few though and personally I donīt consider this to be progressive metal.

I hear influences from as different bands as Extreme, Anthrax ( the rare thrashy riffing sounds so much like the grovy thrash riffing that Anthrax is known for), GunsīnīRoses ( just listen to Monty Colvinīs vocals in My School), Waltari, Suicidal Tendencies, Ugly Kid Joe, Kingīs X and Faith No More. The music is generally very melodic and this is especially due to Monty Colvinīs very melodic vocal lines and his background choirs which by the way are very well done. Some of the songs are pretty good and Iīm enjoying Iīm Not Amused, My School, Kaptain Krude and the most thrashy song on the album Sea of Tranquility while Iīm having a hard time enjoying the suckery Someone for Everyone ( a bit too much like Extreme when they are most commercial and cheesy). Galactic Cowboys is the kind of band that is serious one minute and add odd-ball humour to their music the next and that kind of behaviour is pretty surely and aquired taste. Iīm biased about it if I have to be frank. I guess it depends on my mood.

The musicianship is good but the drumming could have been a bit more subtle. Itīs way too loud and clumsy in the quiet parts.

The production is exactly the kind of production that I associate with the early nineties and I like it. Again the biggest flaw is the drums though. They sound wrong in the mix somehow ( Maybe too loud).

Iīve listened a lot to this album and I generally enjoy it but it doesnīt really do that much for me. Overall itīs a pretty average album seen with todayīs eyes but Iīm sure that I would feel differently about it if I had purchased it back then. 3 stars is my rating. Fans of any of the above mentioned bands might get something out of this. I put it on, on occasion but it never gets two spins in a row.

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 Feel the Rage by GALACTIC COWBOYS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1996
2.13 | 4 ratings

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Feel the Rage
Galactic Cowboys Progressive Metal

Review by rushfan4
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2 stars This EP was released in 1996 as a companion release to the album Machine Fish, which was the Galactic Cowboys' first album with new guitarist Wally Farkas. This EP includes the song Feel the Rage from the aforementioned Machine Fish. The highlight of this album is the previously unreleased Paradigm Shift, which tracks in at over 7 minutes. It is followed by two interesting cover songs I Want You from Kiss, and Junior's Farm from Paul McCartney. These are followed by two live tracks from Machine Fish, Idle Minds and 9th of June. These are interesting from the standpoint that the Galactic Cowboys have, as of yet, not released a live album, so these are the only two released live tracks from them, as far as I know. The last song on the album, Grandmother's Coffin, is not listed on the album cover and only clocks in at 44 seconds. This last track is pretty much a throwaway track.

This EP clocks in at just over a half an hour. The music is good and being an EP can be found on the internet for a really cheap price. For someone looking to get into the Galactic Cowboys this might be an affordable introduction into the band. Overall, however, I am rating this with 2 stars as it is, like with most EPs, most likely only something that will appeal to a fan or a collector.

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