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Space Patrol : Secret Sounds of the Spaceways

Ok, could these guys have made it more obvious that they play stonerrock? A juicy, hallucinogenic mushroom is hailing us on the front cover, hinting together with a band name like Space Patrol and an album title that suggests a space obsession, that this is an attempt to beam us up, like good old Scotty used to do.

And that's exactly where this band is taking us with their groovy space rock: in outer space, to float together with other spacey heavy rock outfits, like Monster Magnet and The Spiritual Beggars. I guess originality is not the issue here, since the whole genre seems to be a mystical emanation from some kind of an Aristotelean god, who listens to the name Black Sabbath. Anyway, let's return back to our French space rockers.

Singer Max has a raw, powerful voice which seems to have been created by our good Lord to fit exactly with that kind of groovy music. However, some times, when he sings lower, he makes me think of some gothic rock outfits like The sisters of mercy and even Joy Division. The whole album has that laid back, relaxing feeling that is typical of a good, solid stonerrock album. Some occasional samples, probably from B-movies about alien invasions, add a 'modern' touch to the whole.

I received album together with some band information and a hand written note in French which says that the band is looking for new promotional contacts for their music, and asks those interested to contact the band about interviews, gigs etc. So anyone interested who reads this review, don't hesitate to contact them, if only because it's the only album I've received until now accompanied by such a professional promotional package.

Doom freaks, beware: this is ROCK, not DOOM. Stonerrock fans, attention: this might be the release you were looking for. James: pass me that joint, please.
Official web site: www.spacepatrol-hq.com
E-mail: twylyghtzun@hotmail.com

[edit by admin.: The link above disappeared after the band broke up in '02. Another can be found here: http://membres.lycos.fr/spacepatrol]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Wanderlust
2. Indifference
3. When midnight strikes
4. Atomic City
5. Damien Thorn
6. VaraKathi

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes.

Visit the Space Patrol bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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