Hawkwind
Onward


4.0
excellent

Review

by tarkus USER (16 Reviews)
June 20th, 2012 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They've still got it

After a series of largely mediocre albums, decades old psychedelic rock band Hawkwind released another grand ode to space, drugs, and hard rock. The album takes on a largely more electronic sound than the classic ‘70s material, and through the wonders of modern production, the hard rock sound is easily more pronounced. The album is still wholly Hawkwind however, with distorted vocals, hazy, hard rocking riffs, and that smooth, mysterious feel that radiates from Hawkwind’s music, that entrances the listener and creates a strong desire to listen to the great music.

The album represents everything someone would come to expect from a classic Hawkwind album, the heavier tracks like the opener “Seasons,” and the excellent follower “The Hills Have Ears,” and those easily identifiable Hawkwind segues in the vein of “The Wizard Blew His Horn.” The acoustic “Mind Cut” at first sounds like something that could’ve been released by The Flaming Lips, and calls to mind “Five Stop Mother Superior Rain,” both of them being thoroughly enjoyable songs. “The Southern Cross” is easily one of the best tracks here, with synthesizers bounding about, serene flute in the background, and uniform entrancing drums throughout. This track and its succeeding counterpart “The Prophecy” are two perfect examples of the mind-attracting atmosphere that this album and Hawkwind in general are known for, however they are not even close to the only examples. The electronically fueled “The Drive By”, with its soaring guitar leads is yet another piece of evidence attesting to the quality of this album. Atmosphere is the biggest factor in this albums success, as well as the musical competence shown by Brock and the other members, with bouncing bass lines, great guitar solos, and mesmerizing drums, electronics, and vocals, not to mention the hard rock riffs that are often present.

As many people are regarding albums released by bands past their prime, I was initially skeptical coming into this album partially because it sounded a bit cheesy at parts, but this is a '70s band and what were the '70s if not a bit cheesy?. Late-career releases range from awful through mediocre and sometimes manage to still impress, as this album does. At first it sounds like a band releasing outdated music in a new period in time (an aspect of music which yields many inconsistent results), but then immersion in the amazing atmosphere provided by this album proves that it doesn’t matter if this is outdated, because this is Hawkwind, and most importantly this is Hawkwind showing the world that they still have what it takes to make great music.



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tarkus
June 20th 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rip harisson

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 20th 2012


21618 Comments


Good review bro.

Gonna check this now.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2012


6344 Comments


New Hawkwind album?

Sweet.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2012


3505 Comments


Cool, their older material is crazy. I never knew they put out something new this year. Good review man, pos.

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Jethro42
June 20th 2012


12648 Comments


I'm not particularly fond of that band, but I'm gonna take time to listen to the highlights you mentioned. Also great review, tark.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2012


4458 Comments


Will check out.
POS'd!

tarkus
June 21st 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks dudes

Hoppoman
June 23rd 2012


656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

More Hawkwind? Awesome.

Ire
July 28th 2012


41828 Comments


this is actually good?

sweeeet

ShadowRemains
July 28th 2012


21646 Comments


hawks wind

Ire
July 28th 2012


41828 Comments


sup andeh

ShadowRemains
July 28th 2012


21646 Comments


rameh

Ire
July 28th 2012


41828 Comments


space is deeeep

Relinquished
July 28th 2012


26018 Comments


like ur bum

Ire
July 28th 2012


41828 Comments


this is why i still post here :]

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2012


16160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this and the one before were a real recovery, nice review pos

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sinsexsodomy
November 20th 2012


224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album, as were the two prior to this! Reminds me of when they had Calvert, Lemmy, and Turner back in the 70's

Mad.
August 22nd 2013


4206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First 3 tracks are mindblowing.

Mad.
September 13th 2013


4206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just won the limited edition 2 disc version of this on eBay, hell yeah

Hoppoman
September 13th 2013


656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You are a lucky S.O.B.



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