Krel (3)

Krel (3)

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deadearnest

deadearnest

November 12, 2008
A major player in the Hawkwind-style underground for a few years, even doing support dates with them at one point, Krel's name has been constantly banded about in the specialist media as the group who most people would like to see on CD. Well, after a long wait and several cassette-only releases, the time is here and I am happy to report that this new album fulfils all the accolades poured onto Krel with a set of compositions that ooze quality and are essential listening for all Hawkwind and space-rock fans, moreso than any other non-Hawkwind related release that you could name. The album opens with a short burst of space synths and distant phased voice as the rocket powers up and rumbles away while a beautiful choir-like synth backdrop emerges and spreads itself over the top of the mix, then dies away creating a very spacey one minute opener before the machine powers into life care of a positively thunderous electric bass, drums, guitars, synths and vocals all combining on a classic slice of powerful space rock that will send all fans of the genre into absolute ecstasy. This is phenomenal stuff with all the layers of sound and the slightly treated vocal working to superb effect as the track roars along in classic Hawk-style fashion, at one point emerging with a scorching guitar lead that spirals above the bass and synths, leaving you in awe of the proceedings, as the drums, synths and the gigantic wall-of sound returns and the piece continues to even greater heights, one of the finest opening tracks on any space-rock album for many, many years, with huge, full sound and plenty going on, the pieces fitting together perfectly. Next comes some synth swirls and space effects, leading into a vast string synth backdrop, distant percussion a gently undulating bass before a distant guitar line is heard and the track slides gorgeously into a passage where the bass guitar comes in on a slow, deliberate rhythm while the synths soar away on top and the whole thing is really atmospheric. The drums enter, the synth soundscapes become fuller and the track just flies so high in majestic space music fashion, all the while underpinned by the bass and drums which give it solidity and dynamics, worthy of anything from the 'Mountain Grill' era, even a bit like early '70's 'Eugene'-style Pink Floyd in parts, and a fantastic instrumental. Then a bell rings, a Gong/Tim Blake style synth line curls round the central framework, delicate cymbals and more choral synths emerging just before the track powers up and into another brilliant space-rock song that is worthy of the best Hawkwind from the .Grill/Warrior' eras, again full of dynamics, contrasts and a mix of the spacey and the powerful with superb lead guitars, more pounding electric bass, great drums and a thoroughly superb composition which ends abruptly and it's straight into the next track which is still powerful but slows the pace a bit with another vast set of space music soundscapes from synths, bass synth, drums and bass, this time short but so effective, until it fades into the ether. This is followed by a track with an acoustic guitar/multi-synths intro and framework, again adding new textures and dimensions to the music, and again very Floyd and 'You'-era Gong style, in sound, feel and atmosphere, as it winds its instrumental path to immaculate and wondrous effect as it leads straight into the next song that opens with a voice sample and erupts into a mass of fuzz guitars, bass, drums, space synths swooping all over the place in fine Dettmar fashion and the undercurrent of mission-control voice samples, before the vocal comes in and it's another classic slice of Hawkwind -inspired writing, in terms of the sound and structure of the piece, with a sizzling lead guitar line burning a path along side and on top of the massive soundscapes. In short, totally brilliant, and just the best thing you've heard for years. Without going into too much detail, the rest of the album is equally superb and you won't be bored for one single second with an album of this stature and quality. As space-rock goes, it is totally essential listening for Hawkwind fans, even for fans of early Floyd, but above all, it is an album with a tremendous cross-section of appeal from synth to rock and has to be one of the best albums in any musical field for a very long time.