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WARRIOR ON THE EDGE OF TIME

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.10 | 461 ratings

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FruMp
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5 stars Quintessential space-rock

In 'Warrior on the Edge of Time' we have an amazing space-rock concept album based around wizards, space and psychic wars, awash with bellowing mellotron, mind bending sound effects and an ocean of reverb - truly a psychedelic masterpiece. One of the best things about this album is that the band take themselves very seriously and although at times it may seem as if the lyrics and such are quite cheesy the music never indulges this thought and the integrity of the album is rock solid.

Every song on the album is a keeper and the three spoken word tracks actually contribute greatly to the dark psychedelic vibe on the album. There are some definite highlights on the album though, the opening suite consisting of the first 2 tracks (Assault & Battery/The Golden Void) is probably the best song on the album layered with grand sweeping mellotron and a triumphant upbeat feel. Opa-Loka is a great pacing instrumental that draws heavily from krautrock influences with that authoritative, simple yet flowing drumkit sound with flanged cymbals and a simple bass line. 'Spiral Galaxy 28948' is another amazing instrumental with a very strong sense of melody.

Interestingly the last 2 tracks are tracks are a proof of sorts of what was to be bassist Lemmy's next project Motorhead as he left the band although they are of a definitely a big departure from the rest of the music on the album they don't actually detract from it at all, they are a footnote of sorts.

Warrior on the Edge of Time is an essential space-rock album, if was to introduce someone to the genre I would steer them in the direction of this album as well as ELOY's ocean as starting points.

FruMp | 5/5 |

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