Posts Tagged ‘space rock’
Posted on Sunday, February 24th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There’s a touch of space-rock theatricality to ‘Spacy Phantasy’, the third of the four extended cuts on Finnish heavy psych rockers Deep Space Destructors‘ second self-released album, II, but even that is mitigated by the warmth of tone in the band’s low end, provided by bassist Jani Pitkänen.
Pitkänen also handles vocals where and when they pop up throughout the aptly-titled sophomore outing, backed by guitarist Pete and drummer Markus Pitkänen as well, and the band ranges in that regard from the guttural psychedelic chanting of the chugging second half of opener ‘Beneath the Black Star’ to the echoing Finnish-language incantations toward the end of closer ‘Sykli’. By and large, the songs are jam-based but not without structure to their parts, and II‘s flow is open and easy accordingly.
So what we have is a four-track / 38-minute European heavy psych record with jam-minded songwriting and warm, thick tonality in the guitars and bass propelled by organic grooves and classic rocking rhythms.
Hardly new terrain in the grand scheme of the current wave of Euro acts, but the Pitkänens and Pete have also shown significant development since the release of their first album, I , last year, branching out stylistically here and there while presenting a more complex songwriting modus all around, as demonstrated on ‘Beneath the Black Star’, which is genuinely plotted however jammed-out its parts may sound.
This move toward premeditation works to the Oulu trio’s favor almost as much as the Markus Räisänen cover art, the rich blues and intricate design of which effectively mirror the band’s engrossing style.
As ‘Beneath the Black Star’ stomps to its finish and album highlight opens with a jazzy bassline from Jani and Pete‘s open strumming, Markus’ drums answer back with natural-sounding thud, marking the launch of a gradual progression that plays out over the course of the track.
Continue reading: The Obelisk: REVIEW: Deep Space Destructors, II
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)
Posted on Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: After two celebrated albums through Rise Above Records, London-based space proggers Litmus return to self-releasing with their fourth full-length, Slaughterbahn. The album finds the unit no less Hawkwindian than ever, heavy doses of mellotron bringing out a King Crimson-esque feel on songs like ‘Kommissar’ and […]
Posted on Saturday, September 15th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I first encountered the blissed out three-piece psychedelia of Carlton Melton in a somewhat incongruous setting as they were support to “transcendental black metal” scamps, Liturgy (WELL worth checking out by the way). However the two bands did share an aesthetic in that they […]
Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2012
Praise for Lumerians‘ Transmissions From Telos: Vol.IV from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: It’s been ages since we’ve heard from these local psychedelic space rockers, but it seems like a storm of new Lumerians activity is brewing, records, shows, touring, all starting with this, a brand new 12″ which displays a […]
Posted on Sunday, June 10th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: My relationship with the weird and wonderful world of Hawkwind started nearly 30 years ago when, as an impressionable young metal head, I would eagerly devour everything Tommy Vance would throw at me on the much missed Friday Rock Show. One night, while waiting […]
Posted on Sunday, January 8th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Watching KISS dominate the Download Festival in 2009 in all their tickertape-drenched glory is the greatest show I’ve ever seen. After watching their mammoth 2-hour set on the Saturday night, I returned to the arena for the Sunday action unfazed by the to-be-expected throngs […]
Posted on Saturday, November 12th, 2011
Praise for Causa Sui‘s Pewt’r Sessions Vol 2 from Norman Records UK: This is tripping my face right off. The first sold-out volume of Big Ron from Sunburned Hand of the Man’s psych jam excursions with Danish spacefacers Causa Sui caused much celebration in this sweaty hole of an office […]
Posted on Saturday, October 29th, 2011
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: The Oresund Space Collective are a very busy band and have come out with yet another release Entering into the Space Country, this one limited to vinyl. They have had no less than four releases thus far in 2011. The band has seen many […]
Posted on Saturday, August 6th, 2011
Lovingly pinched from Phantom Channel: The Cosmic Dead are four psychedelic warlords from Glasgow with a penchant for trippy, long-form grooves that summon the spirit of Komische legends such as Neu! and Can and the Space-Prog oscillations of Hawkwind, amongst other trance-inducing influences. This results in an 80 minute long […]
Posted on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
Praise for Expo 70‘s Awakening from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: This long out of print cassette from kosmische explorers Expo 70 is now available on CD!!! (And, vinyl too, which we’ll have next week, just ask, and they even pressed it on cassette again as well, weirdly enough). Here’s what we […]