(9/10) After having released their latest album called "D:REI" one and a half years ago pychedelic rockers Black Space Riders are back with a new longplayer. "Refugeeum", that's the name of the new disc, comes with nine new tracks - some of them eight to ten minutes long.
The sphereful trip through various soundscapes starts with "Votex sun". The tune starts very relaxed and slowly gains intensity. The track lifes by a powerful interplay between a grooving verse and a loud chorus. I was reminded of Tool when I heard the song for the first time.
"Universal blood" is, compared to the eight minutes long opener, a rather short one. Highlights are an excellent guitarline that makes the the songs better and better the more you listen to it.
As there is no downer on the record also "Born a lion" is a cool track with a great hookine. "The lure" is monotony in perfection. It's a number that slowly crawls into your brain and doesn't let loose again.
The eleven minutes "Run to the plains" is by far the longest tune on the album. It's psychedelic rock a la Monster Magnet that starts slow and easy before it gets heavy after three minutes. It's a constant interplay between loud and soft that leads even to a doublebass part halfway.
The start of "Curtains of death" sounds a bit like Richard Thompson's "Dad's gonna kill me" before a mighty riff takes over and gives the tune a new direction. Via the most silent song "Melek4S lament" the journey leads you to "Walking shades" - a track that feels like The Doors meet Tool. Very exciting stuff.
The final leg on this trip is "Ritual of inner strength". The track has a cool bassline and a trip-hop beat. Enriched with samples the track has a quite gloomy vibe.
"Refugeeum" became another cool longplayer from the Muenster based band. And it's even better than the very good "D:REI" album. Respect.
- Vortex sun
- Universal bloodlines
- Born a lion (Homeless)
- The lure (Come with us)
- Run to the plains
- Curtains of death
- Melek4s lament (Yazidi tears
- Walking shades
- Ritual of inner strength
Label: Black Space Records
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Release date EU: July 24, 2015