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3.42 | 47 ratings

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3 stars One of those alleged 'forgery' and 'fraud' albums released on the mysterious 'Pyramid' label.

After listening to this amongst a lot of Krautrock albums from the same era, I'm inclined to think it probably is a hoax after all. It just doesn't ring true. There's too much definite space between instruments that I don't think was possible in the early 70's (as mentioned by reviewer Bonnek), despite what the liner notes say. If there were any vocals present it would be a lot easier to determine it's authenticity.

Apparently the keyboard player Manfred Hof was in a band called 'Spirulina'. No... I've never heard of them either.

Oh and another thing - Genius P. Orridge on production? Give me a break, who comes out with these crumby half disguised names? The fact that they've obviously heard of Genesis P. Orridge of Throbbing Gristle proves that they're fraudsters as TG didn't exist until '75 and this LP was purportedly released in '73.

'Orion Awakes' one way or the other, is something of a surprise. I didn't hold out much hope for this one before hearing it, but have been pleasantly surprised. Starting off like Talk Talk's 'Spirit of Eden' it quickly morphs into a lot of wah-wah guitar fuzz and effected drums. The lack of vocals doesn't harm this album at all, in fact, now that I think on it, it's quite 'Ozric Tentacles' but in a more grubby and Tuetonic way.

'Godhead Dance' has a catchy little tune which actually has me drumming my fingers while typing this review up and I'm really liking those treated guitars. The best is left for last with 'The Returning ' with it's grumbling guitars and bass which to my ears sounds incredibly like Joy Division circa '79.

If you like spacey powerful acid guitars and organs that are a bit on the heavy side, you'll probably like this a lot.

In a way 'Orion Awakes' almost sounds like a collection of material from different sessions, which once again gets me wondering if it's authentic after all... Grrrr!! I hate unanswered questions...

Dobermensch | 3/5 |


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