Artist/ Band: Spacehead
Title: Explode Into Space
Label: Dead Earnest (UK)
Year of Release: 2002
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- Spacehead is the name under which Mr. Dibs (ex-bass player for Krel)
records his own take on the Dave Brock sound. This is his second go at
a Spacehead album, being further unreleased and outtake recordings
from 1998-2000. At its most interesting Mr. Dibs's ideas suggest he
might be a viable candidate for membership in latter-day Hawkwind. At
it's least interesting, which is unfortunately usually when it's
rocking, Spacehead sounds like an uninspired Brock-led posse slogging
its way through the solar system. I suppose if you're really hard up
for a Hawkwind fix, this might do the job, but after one or two spins,
the sheen is gone. What does work is the very spacey and trance
material, suggesting a future in a hybridized dance-trance-crunch rock
for the 22nd century.
I wanted to like "Explode Into Space, but at the
end of the day I wouldn't have missed much by not hearing it at all.
I could have done with more smart work like "Repair Your ID" and
"Osiris"...and much less speed-driven goofy space-punk pogo like the
opener "Nucleii" and dull thudder "Warriors Of Time" (each of which
prompted a pair of veteran spacerockers I know to threaten me if I
didn't get that third-rate rubbish off the stereo PDQ). I'll give it a
pass and suggest that you do too. Crank up some old Krel instead, or
wait until some genuine new Spacehead crash-lands on your planet.
Who would like this?
Hawkwind fans who have to have it man, right now; those with a taste
Who would not like it?
Those that don't need to hear the umpteeth massaging of ideas Brock
did to death a long time ago.
Reviewed by Steven Davies-Morris on December 24th, 2006
- 1. Nucleii [3:41]
- 2. Brockstomp [4:26]
- 3. The Monolith Continuum [13:00]
- 4. Aliens [2:21]
- 5. Born To Jaaam [1:51]
- 6. Warriors Of Time [5:07]
- 7. Repair Your ID [4:18]
- 8. Osiris (The Awakening) [11:43]
- 9. Space Race [6:06]
- 10. Sacred Plants [4:23]
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