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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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3 stars The Warrior In The Threshold Of Time

Hawkwind was a kind of precursor to what we call now Space Rock. The band was not the creator of the sound, but definitely the one that carried the flag the most.

On their fifth album, 'Warrior On The Edge Of Time', still with Lemmy (future Mot'rhead) on bass, the band goes on with their - at that time - already traditional sound. Mixing ambient and space sounds with saxophone and flute (thanks to the excellent Nik Turner) and a vigorous kitchen that had two drummers - Simon King and Alan Powell - and the already mentioned Lemmy on bass (this would be his last album with the band before being summarily fired), and unlike what he would show with his Mot'rhead later in 'Warrior On The Edge Of Time' Lemmy shows a more melodic side, even if he uses chords in his bass several times.

Hawkwind, for me, has always been a little complicated, musically speaking, the records I've heard from the band so far (the records that precede this one), did not make anything for me, really. The records are good, they have great moments, but they usually fall into the common abyss of records of this genre, especially those of the first half of the 1970s: 'infinite-improvisations-that-never-end-and-ended-up-being-very-boring '.

When Hawkwind bets on more concrete songs like "Assault & Battery Part I", "The Demented Man" and "Magnu" 'Warrior On The Edge Of Time' is great. However, when the band goes on with their mad endless improvisations the record just get lost on me. Maybe it's the fact that I don~t do drugs and Hawkwind's music is highly 'drugged', I do not know. The fact is that I do not get this side of their music.

Overall a good record, but that does not go beyond the average. However, let's give Hawkwind the credit they deserve. The band has recorded incessantly since 1970, and in 2017 the band released their album number 37! Band leader Dave Brock, at the height of his 76 years, continues to release music that is not commercial and without fear of becoming successful or not. Impressive!

ProgShine | 3/5 |


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