Space Ritual — Otherworld
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2011, 2007, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-10-01
Space Ritual is a new band formed from the remnants of Hawkwind. Consisting of Nik Turner (sax, flute, and vocals), Dave Anderson (bass, electric guitars, acoustic guitar, and vocals), Terry Ollis (drums), Del Dettmar (synths), Mick Slattery (guitars), John Greves (keyboards, synths, and Mellotron), and Thomas Crimble (guitars, keyboards, and backing vocals), Space Ritual play modern space music that eclipses their former masters. There are 15 outstanding songs on this disc that alternate between instrumentals and songs. By far the strongest songs are the title track with its sci-fi / Bladerunner story and mixed narrative, chanting, and singing, “Sonic Savages,” and “Time Crime.” There is also an updated cover of “Black Corridor” from Hawkwind’s Space Ritual. Even with the age of some these guys, like Nik Turner, they continue to churn out high energy rock that extends the ground work laid down decades ago into the new century. Space Ritual is sure to please the most jaded of Hawkwind fans, and it is definitely not just another Nik Turner solo project. Otherworld is one highly recommended new release.
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more