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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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The Wizard
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5 stars Hawkwind's Space Ritual is the bible of space rock, a genre categorized by its mind- shattering sonic impact, sludgy rock riffing, loose song structures, and an overall spaced out feel. All of these elements are not only featured in Space Ritual but perfected and expanded upon. While many of Hawkwind's previous albums were loaded with excellent material, Space Ritual shows the band at their absolute peak and in top form.

The secret to the success of Space Ritual is not the use of virtuoso instrumentation and complex song structures but its hypnotic combination of a barbarian rhythm section, electronic wizardry, and relentless riffing. Down to its very core Space Ritual is a very simple album. Repetitive three cord riffs are the backbone to most of the songs, but when guitarist David Brock is not pinning you down with his intense attack of distorted sludge he's making creative use of phased out feedback and spaced out wah-pedal techniques.

Yet Space Ritual wouldn't be nearly be the great album it is without Lemmy's heroic and powerful yet precise basslines which propel the bands celestial soundscapes into the depths of space. Also noteworthy are the electronic sounds of Dik Mik which at times border on pure destructive sonic chaos.

Bob Calvert, the space poet, provides some of the most controversial additions to the album. His 'poetry and swizzle' is viewed by many as being annoying and self-indulgent. I personally love these parts, finding The Awakening and Sonic Attack some of the finest tracks on the record. The insane celestial imagery with a backdrop of chaotic psychedelic noises makes an excellent combination.

Space Ritual is best heard with your mind relaxed, prepared to undergo the journey that the music will guide you on. Like most masterpieces Space Ritual is listened to from beginning to end since it has the feel of a continuous sonic landscape. I believe everyone in the world should sit back and be graced with this wonderful mind-expanding record.

The Wizard | 5/5 |


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