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Harvestman, Minsk and US Christmas: The Hawkwind Triad

This is essentially a tribute album by three US bands. Harvestman is the brainchild of Steve von Till who normally plays guitar with art-metal outfit, Neurosis. Harvestman tend to blend heavy psychedelic riffs with folk-rock. US Christmas hail from the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina and have 5 or more albums to their credit. Meanwhile Minsk are a rich and darkly psychedelic post-metal quartet hailing from Chicago with a similar level of previous output.

Triad is a tribute to their British influence and as you might expect they have taken their own twist in presenting these supernova from the Hawkwind firmament. The net result is a dirtier, more aggressive approach, particularly in the vocal style which is far more in-yer-face than the spaced-out ethereal presentation of their predecessors. Other than that the music and lyrics stay true to the original compositions. If you need another take on Hawkwind, this is worth a listen, although I'd have to say I'd prefer to listen to the originals if I had the urge. Nonetheless it's a good introduction to some US space-metal/stoner bands with a good heritage who you may otherwise not have come across and if it encourages you to explore their original music it will have been worth the production.

Track Listing
1. Master of the Universe (USX)
2. D. Rider (HM)
3. 7 by 7 (Minsk)
4. Down through the night (HM)
5. Assault and battery/Golden Void (Minsk)
6. Psychedelic warlords (USX)
7. Children of the sun (Minsk)
8. Orgone accumulator (USX)
9. The watcher (HM)
10. You shouldn't do that (USX)
11. Magnu (HM)

Added: August 23rd 2010
Reviewer: Richard Barnes
Related Link: Neurot Recordings
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Language: english

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