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CD review BLACK SPACE RIDERS „Amoretum Vol. 1“

Veröffentlicht am 13. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Amoretum Vol. 1, Black Space Riders, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock, CD Review, News

CD review BLACK SPACE RIDERS „Amoretum Vol. 1“

(9/10) Two years ago,German alternative rocker Black Space Riders released the critically acclaimed  „Refugeeum“ longplayer, followed by an EP, „Beyond Refugeeum“, where the band used a more electronic approach which fit the guys very well.

This EP was meant to bridge the waiting time till the new album will hit the record stores. Here it is - „Amoretum Vol. 1“. The longplayer features eight songs, all in the typical Black Space Riders way. As the predecessor, also the newest disc offers tunes that are excellent. Pigeonhole thinking doesn’t work with Black Space Riders. This sextet adds so many twists and influences to their music that it‘s a mission impossible to say what it is. A glimpse on the label info sheet offers at least a try. There you can read ‚New Wave of Heavy Psychedelic Space Rock‘. I think it gets close to what Black Space Riders sound is about and I assume that these six Germans are the only band in this niche.

Album number six starts hard and surprisingly heavy. „Lovely Lovelie“ gives the idea of being a lovely ouverture but it‘s a dirty riff monster that includes some growls half way down the road. After such a great beginning the sound takes a turn with „Another Sort of Homecoming“. It‘s an funky rock beginning followed by some fuzz guitars along the way. Also some New Wave influences are embedded in this track which makes the range of sounds even wider.

„Soul Shelter“ instead is kept gloomy and wistful. I had to think about Fields Of Nephilim when I heard the song for the first time. But Black Space Riders would‘t be Black Space Riders when they would stick to this pattern. The tune evolves to a rhythm-based alternative rocker per excellence that gets real loud in the chorus.

And just to establish a counterpart to all you‘ve heard before it‘s „Movement“ that stands for the soulful side of JE, SEB, C.RIP, SLI, SAQ and MEI - at least in the first half. Around halftime the track turns into a progressive post-rocker with a wow factor.

To show the width of sounds also means to mention „“Come and Follow“ which is a grooving tune reminding of the 90‘s in general and Tool in specific.

This exciting alternative rock adventure finds an end with „Fellow Peacemaker“ which shows again the musical finesse and creative mind of this sextett. It‘s a sphereful closer with fragile piano sounds, big soundscapes, a noisy middle section and a calm finish.

But Black Space Riders is not solely about music. The band also pays a lot of attention to lyrics. These are far more than just a ‚must‘ and words that goes with the music. Again things start with the title of the album. ‚Amoretum‘ is a combination of two word - ‚Amor‘ and ‚Arboretum‘. In a world of fear, rage and hate also love needs to have place and needs to be protected. The album addresses the constant conflict between the dark side and the moments of light, filled with love and empathy.

„Amoretum Vol.1“ is a complete package. Music, lyrics and artwork represent a Gesamtkunstwerk. This longplayer is more than only a carrier for eight songs. This album is a creative cornerstone in rock that gives pleasure from beginning to end. Impressive work that makes it hard to wait for „Vol.2“ which is announced for later this year. 

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lovely lovelie
  2. Another Sort of Homecoming
  3. Soul Shelter
  4. Movements
  5. Come and Follow
  6. Friends are Falling
  7. Fire! Fire! (Death of a Giant)
  8. Fellow Peacemaker

 

Label: Black Space Records / Cargo Records

Genre: New Wave of Heavy Psychedelic Space Rock

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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New BLACK SPACE RIDERS in January 2018

Veröffentlicht am 25. November 2017 von Markus W. in Black Space Riders, Post Rock, Post Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock, News

New BLACK SPACE RIDERS in January 2018

German Riffonauts Black Space Riders are proud to announce the January 26th release of new album Amoretum Vol. 1.

The internationally acclaimed predecessor Refugeeum brought the band renown with its mixture of thoughtful, sensitive themes and hard, atmospheric rock. Two years have passed since then, two years in which the world has not necessarily become a better place in the eyes of most people.

War, terror, displacement, destruction, rejection and nationalism dominate the headlines. Or, as a wise little green fellow once said: "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."

"All you need is love", countered the Beatles in 1967. The response of Black Space Riders in 2018 is Amoretum, a made-up word comprising "amor" and "arboretum" to symbolize a protective garden and a germ seed of love. And so the new song cycle of Black Space Riders is all about the conflict between fear-hate-rejection-darkness on the one hand, and love-empathy-care-light on the other.  For, how else should we overcome hate, if not with love?

Musically, this conflict is consistently put into practice by a band that beats its own path and is constantly developing. The electronic experiments of the Beyond Regugeeum EP of 2016 have been reduced sonically and cleverly integrated into the powerfully sounding songs. Between fat, dirty riffs and trippy delays, everything that sounds good is allowed; the album is interspersed with a flowing groove throughout and an ever-present atmosphere that embraces the listener. Heavy, sometimes proggy, often psychedelic, always engaging and almost catchy and danceable, Amoretum Vol. 1 takes us by the hand, shows us the dark side, and then wants to give us the hope back that we so often painfully miss.

The album flows from song to song as if from a single cast. The listener wonders after 45 minutes whether everything is really already over, and wants to go back to the beginning again immediately. 

But of course everything is not over after 45 minutes in the world of Black Space Riders. The band also announces a second chapter for 2018 ... Amoretum Vol. 2 is waiting for us, while we are looking forward to Amoretum Vol 1.

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BLACK SPACE RIDERS back in the studio

Veröffentlicht am 20. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Black Space Riders, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Prog Rock, News

German alternative metal outfit Black Space Riders will start recording their upcoming album in July this year. As singer/guitarist JE states, the band has enough songs, in various styles, to easily fill a double disc release. The album is planned to hit the record stores beginning of 2018.

Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion

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CD review BLACK SPACE RIDERS "Beyond Refugeeum" EP

Veröffentlicht am 13. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Black Space Riders, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, Psychedelic Rock

(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.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Willkommen
  2. Freedom at First Sight
  3. Droneland
  4. Starglut Sinffer
  5. VRTX RMX (Bonus - Remix)
  6. Gravitation (Bonus - Remix)

 

Label: Cargo Records

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date: May 13th, 2016

CD review BLACK SPACE RIDERS "Beyond Refugeeum" EP
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New video from BLACK SPACE RIDERS' "Beyond Refugeeum" EP

Veröffentlicht am 8. April 2016 von Markus W. in Black Space Riders, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, Video, Rock

Muenster-based Black Space Riders provide fans with some more songs from the "Refugeeum"-session. The band releases an EP that's called "Beyong Refugeeum".

The disc will be availbale from May 13th onwards and will come with the following tracklist:

  1. Willkommen
  2. Freedom At First Sight
  3. Droneland
  4. Starglue Sniffer
  5. Vrtx Rmx (Bonus Track)
  6. Gravitation (Bonus Track)

 

"Starglue Sniffer" is one of the tracks and the band unveiled a video for this tune.

 

 

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New BLACK SPACE RIDERS EP

Veröffentlicht am 5. März 2016 von Markus W. in Black Space Riders, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock, News

German riffonauts Black Space Riders will come out with a new EP later this spring."Beyond Refugeeum" is the title of this album that contains four songs from the "Refugeeum" session. According to guitarist/singer/keyboarder JE the tunes are slightly different than what was pressed on the album, even though they are 100% Black Space Riders. Let's wait and see what the guys from Muenster, Germany will provide us with.

New BLACK SPACE RIDERS EP
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Interview with SEB and JE from the BLACK SPACE RIDERS

Veröffentlicht am 10. August 2015 von Markus W. in Black Space Riders, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Interview, News

Müster seems to be a creative hub when it comes to music. Especially alternative rock has a solid foundation in the student city in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Next to bands like Eat The Gun and Zodiac, it is also the Black Space Riders that call Münster their homebase. 
A few days ago the alternative rockers released their newest album "Refugeeum" which became another milestone in the bands discography. SEB and JE from the band were very glad to provide us with some more background information and other interesting fact regarding the Black Space Riders and more....
 
 
 
Markus’ Heavy Music Blog: Guys, what can you tell us about the new album?
JE: Our new record, number four, is named „Refugeeum“ and we are very happy the way it sounds. It is a multi-layered and sphereful album that stands like a rock by still having a certain flow. It feels like being on a journey. You can recognise how proud we are about the new longplayer.
 
MHMB: For me „Refugeeum“ is a logical successor following „D:REI“. I think you guys developed your sound to a next level and perfectionized your music. How do you see this?
SEB: Right, we see it the same way. After having released „D:REI“ we didn’t conciously want to change something – not when it comes to us, but also not when it comes to our sound. It was more the cooperation and making music together that brought us to a next level.
 
MHMB: In your words, what are the main differences to „D:REI“?
JE: We took the heaviness and the power from „D:REI“ and added a certain openess, clarity and fragility to our music. This starts with the songwriting and finds its continuation in production and sound. This width, the variety, you had between the different songs of the „D:REI: album comes back in each of the songs on „Refugeeum“. Also the lyrics are more tangible and down to earth – something that is very obvious considering the new overall theme of the album.
 
MHMB: You guys mix different styles in your music – psychedelic, doom, space and alternative rock. Are those styles also representing the different preferences of the band members?
SEB: I think it is more the enlarged common ground of various influences of each band member. This leads to how we want to sound as Black Space Riders. The different preferences of the band members are much broader than the sound of Black Space Riders.
Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion

MHMB: Which bands had the biggets impact on you guys?
JE: This is very diverse and covers metal, punk, wave, alternative, pop, indie, psychedelic, hip-hop, reggae, world-music, electronic, singer-songwriter and sometimes even hardcore, black metal and all the thrash-/death metal stuff. In one or another way you’ll find all this back in our music. The base is of course the mighty classic and pschedelic riffs, but the way how we do it is a grooving way that includes a relaxed trip-hop vibe. In addition, there is a lot of New Wave that impacts us. Common influencers for us as a bands are Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, The Chameleons, Faith No More, Motorpsycho, Monster Magnet, Massive Attack and some more.
 
MHMB: There are some pretty long tracks on the album, like e.g. „Run to the plains“. Are those long tracks happen by coinsidence or is it planned?
SEB: Those long tracks result out of the creative process. We don’t plan things in the beginning of a new session. Things need to sink in. Those recordings will be picked-up by C.RIP, our drummer, who has a look on the stuff through his eyes and starts to work on song structure and arrangements. Those are than the base for the next rehearsal and so on. That’s how it goes on and on. But sometimes, like with „Born a lion“ and „Letter to a young one“ from „D:REI“  we have those shorter and to the point songs too. There we build-up on a basic idea from JE, SLI or SAQ.
 
MHMB: Sometimes I got the feeling of jam sessions when I listen to some of the track.
JE: I think SEB decribed it perfectly. Some of the tunes like „Vortex su“ are the result of jam sessions while some other stuff like „Born a lion“ and „Universal bloodlines“ are already pre-arranged before we start. For those two songs I prepared a recording script at home which we used as a base to build on.
 
MHMB: „Refugeeum“ will be also released as vinyl. What is your opinion about the current vinyl boom?
SEB: If this means that music is not just an easy consumable good, but more something listeners take some time for, than it is something that is very welcome. Already the previous two records „Light ist he new black“ and „D:REI“ have been released on vinyl because we think that this is the best for our music. You have something real in hand and also the visual expression is much stronger than a small USB stick. And last but not least, vinyl has the better sound – in case you have a good sound system.
 
MHMB: „Refugeeum“ is a very up-to-date name for the record; considering all the riots and wars. Was this a reason why you have chosen this title?
JE: Definitely. We HAD TO do this album. If you think about the highly emotional and sad fate of refugees you can’t wink at this and see it only to an abstract political issue. We want and need more more empathy. This empathy would reveal the importance of helping others instead of shouting out stupdi slogans.
 
MHMB: How does your personal ‚refugeeum’ look like?
SEB: Living room, earphones and a great record; ccompanied by a 15 years old Laphroaig.
JE: Beyong the polar circle during the Indian Summer. Behind me a cabin and a fly rod in my hand: only the river and me!
 
MHMB: So far you guys have announced a few live shows. Are there pans for tour through Germany?
JE: Yes. More dates are supposed to come. Unfortunately we can’t be on the road all over the year but joining one of our shows is an experience. Therefore keep you eyes wide open.
 
MHMB: What are the bands you guys would love to join on tour?
SEB: Purely from a musical point of view I would love to open for Black Sabbath. JE and myself have seen Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats doing this and we spontaneuosly agreed that we want to do the same.
Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion

MHMB: Your focus is pretty much on Germany at the moment. How about other European countries?
JE: Right, we are best known in Germany and we play most of our shows there. But we also had shows in Austria, Switzerland and Norway. But thanks to digitalisation our fans are coming from all over the world and when the offers are OK – why not playing abroad.
 
MHMB: You gave yourself names liek JE, SLI, SAQ, CRIP and SEB. What ist he thought behind those names?
SEB: Our Black Space Riders names are the ones we are using in the parallel universe. And even the NSA failed so far with their algorithms to find out more.
 
MHMB: You guys are from Münster. It’s a student city which is also the homebase for bands like Mad Max, Eat The Gun and Zodiac. It seems there is a quite vital scene in Münster.
JE: Mad Max was already exisiting when I went to school. So, I guess Vossi and Juergen are even older than I am. I know Henrik and Peter from Eat The Gun very well and we are friends with the guys from Zodiac and Long Distance Calling. Muenster is more ‚indie’ and ‚electro’ than ‚metal’; still there are are metal bands coming from this area too, like Naera. There are good posibilities when it comes to rehearsal rooms which adds getting to know each other much better. There are around 150-200 bands doing rehearsals where have our homebase – at the Alter Güterbahnhof. And on the next floor there is a cool guitar shop called  ‚Rare Guitar’ that also includes a pub. All this brings musicians closer together.
 
What are you doing in times when you’re not busy with the Black Space Riders?
SEB: Each of us has a job because we have to manage daily life. And from a musical point of view some of us have other activities besides Black Space Riders too. Oh yeah ... and family of course *smile*
 
MHMB: Guys, thanks for all those ineresting insights. Is there something more you want to share with the fans?
JE: Actually we can’t complain. Of course there isn’t everything great here either, but this is another story. There are people suffering much more than we do. This is something that shouldn’t get you down all day long, but it’s important to have it in mind. For the rest: Save the world! Listen to good music! Listen to Black Space Riders!
Interview with SEB and JE from the BLACK SPACE RIDERS
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CD review BLACK SPACE RIDERS "Refugeeum"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Black Space Riders, Post Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, Space Rock, Psychedelic Rock

(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.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Vortex sun
  2. Universal bloodlines
  3. Born a lion (Homeless)
  4. The lure (Come with us)
  5. Run to the plains
  6. Curtains of death
  7. Melek4s lament (Yazidi tears
  8. Walking shades
  9. Ritual of inner strength

 

Label: Black Space Records

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Release date EU: July 24, 2015 

CD review BLACK SPACE RIDERS "Refugeeum"
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New BLACK SPACE RIDERS album in summer

Veröffentlicht am 8. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Black Space Riders, Rock, Alternative Rock, Prog Rock, Alternative Metal, News

The new Black Space Riders album will be named "Refugeeum" and will be released in summer this year.

Photo: Hanno Endres (Promotion)

Photo: Hanno Endres (Promotion)

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CD review BLACK SPACE RIDERS "D:REI"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Januar 2014 von Markus W. in Black Space Riders, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Münster in Germany is well known for a vital music scene. Quite some bands are coming from there like Eat The Gun and Mad Max. Another example are the Black Space Riders. After “s/t” in 2010 and “Light is the new black” in 2012 the band worked on their third album called “D:REI”.

“D:REI” is a concept album, split into 3+1 chapters, which tells a science fiction story. The story is about withdrawal, escape, annihilation, transformation and a new beginning. You can get more insights on: http://www.blackspaceriders.com/drei/

The sound of the band is difficult to describe since it covers a lot of different influences. There are songs like “I see” and “Way to me” which shows some 70’s influences (The Doors and Led Zeppelin) but there are also songs like “Stare at the water” which reminds to stoner rock bands like Monster Magnet.  Next to those songs there is with “Rising from the ashes of our world” a seven minutes long groove monster on the album which is directly followed by the hypnotic “Give gravitation to the people”. A song which also could have been written by Sisters Of Mercy in their earlier year. The song is more dark-electro-alternative-rock than metal – and damn cool. “Temper is rising” follows the same principle. Those songs could become small hits in alternative clubs. “Major Tom waits” is the total contradiction to the before mentioned groovers. It is very slow, very dark and almost depressive. You feel lost in space while listening to this track. Black Space Riders actually manages with all songs to create some pictures by their music, which for me shows also the quality of the songwriting.

Black Space Riders writes music which grooves a lot, which is sometimes very doom oriented, which is depressive, which rocks, which transports dark vibes and a heavy groove. The good thing is, that all these elements are combined to one unit and the band didn’t get lost between all those elements. An interesting album which needs time to discover. Take the effort and enjoy the trip.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

D: Defiance

  1. Stare at the water
  2. Bang boom war (outside my head)
  3. Rising from the ashes of our world…

R: Ruins

  1. Give gravitation to the people
  2. Way to me
  3. Temper is rising
  4. The God – survivor

E: Escape

  1. I see
  2. Leave
  3. Space angel (Memtim)

I: Beyond

  1. Major Tom waits
  2. Letter to the young one
  3. The everlasting circle of infinity

 

Label: BSR

Genre: Alternative Rock

CD review BLACK SPACE RIDERS "D:REI"
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New video from the BLACK SPACE RIDERS

Veröffentlicht am 8. Januar 2014 von Markus W. in Black Space Riders, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, Video

A new video from the Black Space Riders. The band released a new video for the song "Give gravitation to the people" from their coming album "D:REI".

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