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BLACK SPACE RIDERS D REI ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

BLACK SPACE RIDERS - D:REI

BSR RECORDS

JANUARY 24 2014

 

 

Münster to me will always be the birthplace of Melodic Rock band ‘Mad Max’ but it’s a fertile spot for music obviously, as last year ‘Eat the Gun’ produced an album to remember that rated highly in our ‘Best Of’. ‘Black Space Riders’ (No relation to Black Star Riders) is another band that is set to make a mark by the sounds of this third foray ‘D:Rei’.

 

Riding a heavy groove they are a band on a mission and here it’s to launch a concept album based on a not too far-fetched science fiction tale.  Musically ‘Stare at the Water’ that opens up is immediate and consoling Stoner Rock, but this is an album that relishes in not playing it too straight. ‘Bang Boom War’ is altogether heavier and darker fare that has a touch of Rob Zombie in its deep groove and dark vocal.

 

As the album progresses it opens up further with the epic seven minute plus ‘Rising from the Ashes of our World’ which keeps the deep groove alive and twists and turns in ecstasy and pain. It’s followed by the dark Gothic shadows of ‘Give gravitation to the people’ it’s both surprising and instantly deadly cool.

 

By this point you realise that if you want to get a handle on ‘BSR’ it’s pointless. Tied together by atmospheric guitar and often subdued vocals ‘D:Rei’ takes on a life of its own – a swirling minor masterpiece that uses darkness and space to weave a compelling story.

 

Tracks also stand up by themselves, something conceptual works often miss in the quest to create a narrative. ‘’Way to Me’ for example rattles along like a New Model Army’s dark storyline.  Elsewhere ‘Temper is rising’ is cut from similar cloth, whilst ‘Major Tom Waits’ takes another turn entirely all isolation and quite terror.

 

Elsewhere ‘Space Angel (Memitim)’ is a dark Gothic hymn that recalls Sisters of Mercy like closer ‘The Everlasting Circle of Infinity’ and cuts a slice from a dark heart. This is a powerful album full of deep grooves and shadows and at times quite bleak, It’s also a powerful album, beautifully crafted and made to immerse yourself in.

 

A dark delight...

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

BLACK SPACE RIDERS D REI ALBUM REVIEW 2014