(9/10) "Refugeeum" is the title of Black Space Riders latest album that get now a kind of add-on. "Beyond Refugeeum" is an EP that features songs from the album session, material that is worth to be released. But it's also slightly different from what was published on "Refugeeum" by still reflecting 100% of Black Space Riders.
The disc starts with a nice welcome called "Willkommen". It's the bands first instrumental and it starts slow with a warm bass and a released guitar sound. It feels almost like lounge music, if there wouldn't be this undertone, giving the idea that the coming five minutes will not continue this way. And indeed, what starts slow and relaxed evolves into a stunning alternative rocker that includes all of the bands trademarks.
"Freedom at First Sight" is next, for me one of the best tunes on this EP. Next to great lyrics the songs has a dark vocal line that has almost a touch of goth. What impresses me are the twists that makes the tune to a really exciting one. It feels like the band has so much creative energy that's reflected in each of that tracks, something that also comes back in "Droneland".
A synthesizer intro kicks-off this tune, followed be a sharp drumbeat and downtuned guitars. This tune is a psychedelic masterpiece that offers a gloomy verse and a pretty melodic chorus.
That Black Space Riders stands for a wide range of sounds of their music is proven by tracks like "Starglue Sniffer". This song, with it's high pitch Prince-like vocals and the guitar sounds has a lot of funk, embedded in the psychedelic sound structures of the Münster-based band.
Next to these tracks there are two remixes on the album too. "VRTX RMX", known as "Vortex Sun", and "Gravitation" which comes from the "D:REI" album and was named there "Give Gravitation to the People". These two songs round-off an EP that is very worthy to be listened to.
The tracks on this disc are extremely good and each of them would have deserved being on the album. "Beyond Refugeeum" is far more than just some leftovers from an earlier album session. They are reflecting creative alternative rock/metal and it's great that the band didn't withhold them from the fans. Great EP and good stuff.
- Freedom at First Sight
- Starglut Sinffer
- VRTX RMX (Bonus - Remix)
- Gravitation (Bonus - Remix)
Label: Cargo Records
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release Date: May 13th, 2016