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Black Science: An Echo Through the Eyes of Forever

Ever wonder what a midnight, drug infused jam session between Hawkwind, Cheap Trick, and Alice Cooper would sound like? Well, ok, me neither, but that's the first impression I got while listening to this fun slice of stoner & psychedelic rock by Seattle's Black Science called An Echo Through the Eyes of Forever. The band is comprised of John G (guitar, vox, gadgets, sorcery), Adam Draeger (guitar, vox, keyboards, tomfoolery), Reverend Ryk ( bass, keyboards, badassery), and g. eichler (beats & brewmastery), and they've created a collection of intriguing space rock tunes here that don't meander too much and do their best to keep the listener locked in and entertained. I mention Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick here because the vocals are like a mix of Robin Zander and Alice, plus there are some pop hooks that creep up every so often (especially on opening cut "First Contact Manual") that remind of classic Cheap Trick. For the most part though, the music is very much in the style of vintage Hawkwind, combined with the psych element so prevalent on Cooper's Pretties for You and Love it to Death albums. Many of the tracks segue into each other as if one long suite, like "Anywhere" and "The State of the Art", complete with jangly guitar riffs and plenty of fluttering, spacey keyboard blips and bleeps. Lots of wah-wah laced acid rock licks on "Exegesis", and the lumbering near 16-minute closer "Our Sentence is Up" is a monstrous psych/stoner jam with some of the best instrumental freakouts on the CD. Sadly, the band was forced to disband just after completing the album, and according to the press sheet main songwriter/guitarist/singer John G already is hard at work on his next project. If it's anything along these lines it will certainly be worth looking out for.

Track Listing
1. First Contact Manual 06:28
2. Easy Prey 05:15
3. Anywhere 06:06
4. The State of The Art 08:23
5. Hardcore U.F.O.'s 04:49
6. Exegesis 05:12
7. Our Sentence is Up 15:39

Added: April 23rd 2013
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band @ Bandcamp
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Language: english

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Black Science: An Echo Through the Eyes of Forever
Posted by Jordan Blum, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-04-23 09:31:57
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Culminating in an auditory representation of (as the band calls it) "soul/mind/body" powers, An Echo Through the Eyes of Forever (which is undoubtedly a perfect title) is an interesting mix of vintage and freshness from Seattle psych rock quartet Black Science. Although you've probably heard just about everything offered here if you follow early 70s rock, the record is still colorful and melodic enough to make it appealing.

Pete Pardo nailed it when he compared Black Science to Hawkwind, Alice Cooper, and Cheap Trick in Sea of Tranquility's initial review. With cocky attitude and biting guitar work, tracks like "Anywhere" and "Hardcore U" definitely recall Cooper's early gems, while "Easy Prey" definitely possesses quirkiness akin to the latter's "Surrender." However, I would also add that the album's spacey frenzy and shifting dynamics share a similarity with Astra's phenomenal The Black Chord. Really, the only downside to An Echo Through the Eyes of Forever is its closer, "Our Sentence is Up." Like many lengthy instrumentals, it takes some decent parts and extends them until they become overwhelmingly repetitious and tiresome. The band would've done well to condense the ideas into one-third the duration.

Even with its unoriginal foundation and blatantly transparent influences, An Echo Through the Eyes of Forever satisfies. It's not the most diverse or catchy collection, but it's a good soundtrack for leisurely days and random hangouts. The band creates enough interesting jams to make the experience worthwhile, and there's definitely a lot of potential.

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