Iron Butterfly is a Psychedelic Rock band and a major influence on Heavy Metal. They are well known for "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", the title track of their second album. The 17 minute long piece was epic, menacing and altogether awesome, and has since become a staple of numerous pop culture references thereafter. Oh yeah, and they did some other songs, too.
Iron Butterfly released six studio albums between 1968 and 1975, and two live albums.
- Heavy (1968)
- In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)
- Ball (1969)
- Metamorphosis (with Pinera & Rhino) (1970)
- Scorching Beauty (1975)
- Sun and Steel (1975)
Iron Butterfly provides examples of the following tropes:
- Cover Version: "Get Out Of My Life, Woman" (from Heavy) is in fact a cover of an Allen Toussaint tune.
- Epic Rocking: "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", which is 17 minutes long. Some live versions of this song go on for even longer — reaching over 19 minutes.
- Heavy Metal: Sometimes considered a pioneer of the genre, though they don't sound quite like most later bands. They were influential on many bands, though.
- New Sound Album: Metamorphosis had some acoustic elements and a more layered production than preceding albums. Scorching Beauty and Sun And Steel were more straightforward Arena Rock / Hard Rock and are often forgotten by fans.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", again.
- Psychedelic Rock: Of the particularly loud and heavy variety.
- Revolving Door Band: 6 different lineups from 1966-1971, 22 different lineups from 1974-1985, and 22 again from 1987 to 2012 (when they disbanded). Their last lineup was their longest-lasting: Seven years. Most didn't even last one.
- Textless Album Cover: Metamorphosis.