With almost ten years and five albums under their belts, Black Space Riders releases “Amoretum Vol. 1” at the end of January, 2018. I wasn’t sure what to expect upon first listen. The opening track ‘Lovely Lovelie’ had my head going in one direction. It’s very southern rock, guitar heavy, growly vocals perfect for a very hirsute, grungy hillbilly. I was all set for some rock and roll happening. But the beauty of Black Space Riders is their ability to surprise you.
‘Another Sort of Homecoming’ and ‘Soul Shelter (Inside of Me)’ had be reliving my 80s New Wave days. It was synth pop and Goth and dancing after midnight up in Camden at the Electric Ballroom. It’s a euphoric explosion of heady dancing. I erupted upon the first listening. Then Black Space Riders tear into my chest and rip out my heart with a very David Bowie-esq ‘Movements’. It’s not just the timbre of the vocals but also the composition of the music. It’s very ‘Major Tom’ and then descends into a heavy The Nephilim vibe.
‘Come and Follow’ has so much going on that it’s wicked cool. There is this Middle Eastern guitar thing happening while a very heavy metal guitar thing is happening. It’s quite head banging worthy. The vocals are eerie yet commanding. It’s like a Svengali weaving a spell onto the listeners. There’s smoke and belly dancers with snakes and hookah everywhere.
I cannot stress enough how much in love I am with “Amoretum Vol. 1”. It’s everything you want in an album and more. Black Space Riders will garner many new fans with this release and you should definitely be among them.
Black Space Riders – Official Website
Band Photo by hanno endres (hhe)