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Hidria Spacefolk


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.84 | 88 ratings

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4 stars Hidria Spacerock

Much more harder and rockier than its predecessors, the third release from HIDRIA SPACEFOLK clearly marks a change. No flutes, no marimbas here, the finnish band decided to trade its folk and soft trippy music for a more "classical" heavy synth space rock, in the likes of HAWKWIND, the OZRICs, sometimes PORCUPINE TREE and even RUSH. Less innovative, but nonetheless quite inspired and powerful.

The change of direction can be heard from the HALLUCINOGEN-esque introduction of the title track. The rock melody that follows confirms the fact by emphasizing on the guitar work. "Futur Ixiom" has some DREAM THEATER moods. Wait... are they the same musicians that recorded "Symbiosis" ? Yes, seem to be. The track is in fact top-notch space metal. The next song, "322", ventures more in the direction of stoner rock, to finish with funk trumpets and cot-cot guitars. Dancing planets! "Flora/Fauna" is maybe the least interesting moment of the record. The tune tries to re-create a POPOL VUH ballad (post-72), but fails to really keep attention. Fortunetaly, a new ambiance appears at the end of the song, much more powerful and original with its aquatic synthetizers. Back to space with the ELOY-ish "Radien" which will launch you into the universe and its unexplored places... where live terrible creatures put in music in the last song, "Sine", the heavier moment of the disc ! Oscillating between SABBATH and HAWKIND, the track has many changes and sounds very dark and mysterious.

If you're familiar with HIDRIA SPACEFOLK, you'll be surprised at listening "Symetria". However, if you're into space rock, this album, with its various influences, will please you for sure.

Modrigue | 4/5 |


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