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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.25 | 77 ratings

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4 stars One of the best Hawkwind's records from the 80s' with Levitation ! Not often cited by the fans, the music displayed here is pretty energic and futuristic. The Xenon Codex shows the revival of the english space rockers since Chronicles of the Black Sword.

The album opens with the powerful The War I Survived. This track is a very good overture to the album, its pounding rythm and guitars make it rock. Wastelands is a more electronic and ambient oriented moment, with its vocals seeming to die far away in space. Back to life with the heavy riffs of Neon Skyline and the melancholy of Lost Chronicles. The first half of the disc is really inspired and truely proves that the band is still alive ! This side finishes with Tides, a short but pleasant ambient tune. Mysterious and science fiction music introduces the second side with the floating song Heads. the next track, Mutation Zone is maybe the oddest of the record with his strange vocals and bizarre sounds. Following this idea, reminiscence of good old days from Hawkwind's 70s' improvised pieces can be perceived on the freaked-out E.M.C. The magic heavy space song Sword of the East and the inegal Good Evening concludes well the disc.

The Xenon Codex is rather a good surprise from Hawkwind in the late 80s'. Rocking and spacey, this album should please all space metal fans !

Modrigue | 4/5 |


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