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HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN GRILL

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.98 | 331 ratings

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friso
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3 stars Hawkwind - Hall of the Maountain Grill (1974)

By this time Hawkind had joined the heavy metal camp, still keeping their spacey sound. You could see it as crossing of Moterhead (the band Lemmy Kilminster would start in the distand future) and Eloy.

The whole record is sound-driven (composition came second), with lot's of mellotrons and heavy guitars. The compostions are actually quite simple and one can hear the same theme reocurring on this record in different shapes. The recording is between avarage and even worse, but it is still a likable sound for a heavy metal record. The musicians are motivated, but they just aren't that good in this stage. The whole record seems to be at a point you except something to go wrong, that's the feeling I have anyway. Leaning on the safe mellotron sounds seems to be the good way out, but even the mellotron parts sound a bit messed up. Sometimes they don't the use the instrument in it's full potential (like King Crimson did).

Some of the track are still likable and the instrumental parts can be very interesting. Some progression is made on the vocal part of The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear in Smoke) in the middle section and the parts with Violin are inspiring. The vocals aren't that good, but I enjoy Lemmy's screams so once in a while on 'You better believe it' and 'Lost Jonhny', the latter being a fullgrown Moterhead type of song.

In conclusion this a good, but non-essential album for me. Fans of progressive metal, space- rock and mellotronrock should not skip on this, but audiophiles better do skip on this. Three stars!

friso | 3/5 |

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