Hawkwind
Space Ritual


4.5
superb

Review

by dreamobile USER (6 Reviews)
September 15th, 2010 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "88 minutes of brain-damage."

A lot can be inferred from an album's artwork, and the cover of Space Ritual shows you exactly what you're getting into when you listen to Hawkwind's fourth album. It's striking, it's overblown, it's memorable, and most of all it's entertaining; all words that describe this album.

Hawkwind is an English band formed in 1969 that plays a brand of space rock similar to Pink Floyd or Spacemen 3. Space rock is mostly characterized by ambient electronics and long instrumentals, and while both of these are definitely a part of this album, Hawkwind's music tends to be much more engaging than such a description would suggest, particularly because this is a live album. Spaced out jamming broken up by straight up, no holds barred rock is the name of the game here.

"7 to 7" is a good example of this. Light electric guitar strums and washes of keyboard pave the way for a chugging bass riff and howling saxophone. One of Hawkwind's strongest assets is the unique sound they create. On guitar, when David Brock isn't soloing his riffs tend to scramble themselves into wah-wah addled waves that mix with the synths to make some of the coolest audio chaos you'll ever hear. On bass is the infamous Lemmy, and album is mixed so that his blunt hammering on the instrument is readily apparent. It is his bass lines that often end up being the main thrust of the songs.

Musically Space Ritual is a killer, and you'll be hard pressed to find finer examples of space rock anywhere. The one divisive factor that may turn off some would be the presence of "astral poet" Robert Calvert. Throughout the album there are spoken word bits featuring quirky, science fiction-esque poems by Calvert. While I personally feel that these campy interludes add to the overall atmosphere of the album, I could understand how they'd grate on others.

In short, if you're a fan of bands like Earthless or Acid Mothers Temple, or if you've ever wanted to get into space rock, pick up this album. Hawkwind's Space Ritual is a stunning example of the heyday of 70's psychedelic rock.



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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2010


16137 Comments


Bout time someone reviewed something from these guys. Great band, nice review. Have a pos.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 14th 2010


23841 Comments


Ouch, 1 comment.

Listening to this now; sounds sweet.

Jethro42
April 1st 2011


12456 Comments


I've only heard some excerpts from 'Warrior on the edge of time' back in the day. I guess it did sound ok but nothing more really, of what I remember. Good review!

Ire
August 29th 2011


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

band rules

Relinquished
August 29th 2011


25097 Comments


people need to listen to this band

Ire
August 29th 2011


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no they dont because stuff like this happens

http://bit.ly/oX6V8Y

stabbler
February 24th 2012


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These are the first signs of Sonic Attack:
You will notice small objects, such as ornaments, oscillating
You will notice a vibration in your diaphragm
You will hear a distant hissing in your ears
You will feel dizzy
You will feel the need to vomit
There will be bleeding from orifices
There will be an ache in the pelvic region
You may be subject to fits of hysterical shouting, or even laughter
These are all sign of imminent Sonic destruction
Your only protection is flight

Ire
May 26th 2012


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

space is cool

Ire
May 30th 2012


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i like space

KILL
May 30th 2012


71839 Comments


havent heard this cool

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Ire
June 22nd 2012


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ya gotta

zeroster
September 19th 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I first came across this album when I was 16 years old. Now, at the age of 47, I have still to find anything better.

stabbler
September 19th 2012


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i appreciate any 47 yo on here, even if it is just for one comments

Ire
February 14th 2013


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hawkswind

KILL
February 14th 2013


71839 Comments


brandsnew>

Ire
February 14th 2013


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agree

oltnabrick
April 9th 2013


30904 Comments


space me out

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manosg
June 26th 2013


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the trippiest albums you'll ever listen.

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DeafMetal
August 30th 2014


8588 Comments


One of the trippiest albums you'll ever listen.

Digging: Hawkwind - Space Ritual



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