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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. 





  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


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.





  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"

CD review PET THE PREACHER "The cave & the sunlight"

Veröffentlicht am 18. April 2014 von Markus W. in Pet The Preacher, Stoner Rock, Space Rock, Doom Metal, Kyuss, Monster Magnet

(8/10) Pet The Preacher are probably not that much known so far. But this might change with their new album "The cave & the sunlight". Listening to the album makes you think that the desert is located Denmark. Why? The guys are from Copenhagen, Denmark and they play stoner rock in the best Kyuss way. 
Pet The Preacher combines very heavy doom riffs with a lot of melody and sing-along refrains. I would say that their roots are somewhere between Black Sabbath, Monster Magnet and the already mentioned Kyuss.
Very downtuned guitars meet a pumping bass and a powerful drumbeat. That's how it needs to be.
Looking into the songs I must say that I like the variety they offer on the album. There are for example the two very long tunes " What now" (more than seven minutes) and "The web" (almost nine minutes) which takes you on an exciting journey. Both songs have so many different elements, from heavy rocking parts to chilling spoken word elements, that time flies with these tracks. Very cool. 
Next to these two epical songs there are the straigh-forward rockers like "Let your dragon fly". It's the fastest track on the album which has the energy of an unstoppable locomotive. Other remarkable songs are the mid-tempo "Kamikaze night" and the space rock anthem "Fire baby". 
"The cave & the sunlight" is a cool record which I can strongly recommend. I think we will hear more from the band in the future.
  1. The cave
  2. Let your dragon fly
  3. Kamikaze night
  4. Remains
  5. Fire baby
  6. Marching earth part 1
  7. Marching earth part 2
  8. The pig & the haunted
  9. What now
  10. I'm not gonna
  11. The web
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Stoner Rock
CD review PET THE PREACHER "The cave & the sunlight"