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THE SPACELORDS

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Germany


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The SPACELORDS started in April 2008, when Marcus SCHNITZLER (drums, djembe, percussion, special effects) joined Matthias WETTSTEIN (guitars) and Klaus WERZ (bass) for a first session. Matthias and Klaus already had a few song-ideas and after a couple of weeks almost half of the first CD was arranged. As the ideas came so quick and the feeling was there from the first moment, it was clear: Even each of them had his own personal style and background, they had found a common sense in music. Marcus, who's traveling to west Africa since 1991, to study traditional rhythms, but is also into psychedelic music for over 25 years, Matthias, influenced by his trips to India since the seventies and playing his guitar for more than 3 decades, and Klaus, who first started 1978 in Russia as a drummer, but then changed soon to his favourite instrument - the guitar. After more than 20 years playing the guitar, he began on the bass guitar in 2006. His precise and groovy bass playing makes The SPACELORDS' style possible. The 4th Spacelord Reinhold (flute) came into the band in May 2008. He highlighted the music on the first CD with his flute and stayed with the band until end of 2009. Their eponymous debut album was distributed via an Italian independent label BTF in 2010.

Now The SPACELORDS continue as a trio and working on their new CD, looking for new musical surprises.

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4.05 | 3 ratings
The Spacelords
2010
4.04 | 5 ratings
Synapse
2014
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Liquid Sun
2016

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 Synapse by SPACELORDS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.04 | 5 ratings

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The Spacelords Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Well I'm sold. These guys sound like Germany's answer to THE SPACIOUS MIND who are from Sweden. The drummer had been going regularly to West Africa since 1991 learning their style of drumming. The guitarist has taken many trips to India since the seventies which has influenced his playing. The bass player also adds synths to their spacey yet often powerful style of jamming. This stuff might be fairly straight-forward without the complexities I'm used to but I Iove this style of music. Oh by the way THE SPACELORDS is such a cool name for a Psychedelic band, and that these guys are from Germany somehow makes this even more legit.

"Synapse" opens with the synths rolling in and hovering as it were over the soundscape as the drums join in. Heaviness before a minute then the guitar starts to slowly lay waste everything within range. It does settle back some 3 minutes in and I love the synths here as the guitar continues to play overtop. It's heavier again around 5 1/2 minutes and even heavier at 6 minutes. Check out that rhythm 7 minutes in. A great start! "Sitarguitar" is very spacey to start in fact this is downright blissful. A beat comes in before a minute in this relaxed soundscape as the guitar solos tastefully. Just trippin' at this point. They seem to up the power around 4 minutes in. The guitar is more of the focus before 7 minutes then it turns more psychedelic and spacey after 10 minutes, and it's experimental here as well.

"No 2" builds right from the start and it's very spacey with a beat, bass and guitar. I can listen to this on repeat all day long. "Pyroclastic Monster" has this powerful drones of guitar as the bass and drums kick in. A change before 2 minutes and it's absolutely gorgeous. Every time I hear this I'm moved, and it will be reprised a couple of more times on this track. Spacey synths follow then we get these strange spoken vocals before 3 minutes. There's that beautiful soundscape again before 4 minutes. It settles back 5 minutes in then more of those strange spoken words in an experimental soundscape. Tribal-like drumming after 6 minutes and it's picking up speed until the heaviness kicks in. Here come the riffs!

I had this thing just cranked so many times. My kind of music.

 The Spacelords by SPACELORDS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.05 | 3 ratings

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The Spacelords Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars A chance encounter with The SPACELORDS, a German Space Rock outfit.

I've found their album occasionally just the moment I caught a glimpse of BTF (an Italian independent label) website. Felt some mysterious attraction for psychedelically colourful image and their cataleptic appearance in their album sleeve, and been more and more immersed deeply into their MySpace samples ...

Anyway, their sounds can be called as a simple and "refined" Space Rock I suggest. A Space Rock pioneer Hawkwind have played more "earthly-smelled" sounds indeed, but as to these Lords, smarter and more delightful tunes with up-beat and danceable tempo can come to our ears directly (listen to the sixth track "Cruising" with bird-twittering, charming drum sounds, and light-guitar-touches). We can feel so especially in the latter part of "Wahwah" (very impressive and is the wah-wah guitar solo), or the following song "Manamba" (Reinhold's energetic flute is very spacey and spicy). Forgive me but as honestly I say, particularly Marcus' fine drumming and Reinfold's flute are my favourites. Well Matthias' guitar is rumbling this ground like shock waves in "Apeman". In "Slowdown" are a slow but hard guitar solo and drumming that can beaten us completely. On the contrary, Oriental percussive sounds and bubbling howling guitar noises give a definitive atmosphere in "Golfstrom". "Janakpur" the last and longest one, is very very impressing with tragic guitar and flute solos, eccentric drumming, and deep bass sounds ... exactly suitable for the show ending.

Cataleptic appearance and cataleptic (and seriously strict) sounds ... cannot disappoint you really.

Thanks to DamoXt7942 for the artist addition.

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