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Hawkwind: Into the Woods

Don't be put off by the opening classical piano that kicks off the title track of space rock legends Hawkwind's latest release Into the, these guys haven't gone soft on us, as they quickly unleash a barrage of Black Sabbath inspired doom riffing, blipping synths, effects laden vocals, and psychotic slide guitar for one of the heaviest songs the band has ever done. Considering Hawkwind founder Dave Brock is now in his mid '70s, it's pretty mindblowing that he's still able to keep the band on the cutting edge now nearly 50 years into their existence. After last years stellar throwback album The Machine Stops, Brock and the rest of the guys have delivered here another concept album, sort of, dealing with all sorts of 'nature' themes, as well as some of the usual sci-fi fare, for another exciting platter that shows just how relevant Hawkwind still are. "Cottage in the Woods" follows the rampaging title track, the band channeling their first few albums in clear space rock fashion, as dreamy vocals, layers of synths, and psychedelic melodies take over, while "Have You Seen Them?" again takes you back to 1972 all over again, the pixies coming out to play alongside the sizzling riffs, catchy hooks, and psych inflected keyboard tapestries. Brock's trademark vocals are all over the futuristic "Ascent", a real tasty space rock gem with some lovely synth work, and the bands penchant for hard rocking, almost punk styled psychedelia comes to the fore on "Space Ship Blues". Other gems here include the haunting "The Wind", the heavy rocking "Vegan Lunch", the drifting synth masterpiece "Magic Scenes", the charming & quite proggy "Wood Nymph", and the frantic, near 10-minute closer "Magic Mushrooms", the latter quite possibly the most aggressive and adventurous song the band have crafted in quite some time, complete with sizzling Brock guitar solos and plenty of high flying synths and bass grooves.

Into the Woods contains a wealth of variety and superb musicianship, and once again is proof positive of just how much life is left in the Hawkwind tank. Space rock fans will want to dig deep into this psychedelic feast!

Track Listing
1 Into The Woods
2 Cottage In The Woods
3 The Woodpecker
4 Have You Seen Them?
5 Ascent
6 Space Ship Blues
7 The Wind
8 Vegan Lunch
9 Magic Scenes
10 Darkland
11 Wood Nymph
12 Deep Cavern
13 Magic Mushrooms

Added: July 3rd 2017
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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