Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Hawkwind - The Chronicle Of The Black Sword (1985)
The 14th album from this British band.
The band was a sextet on this album with a lineup of percussion, bass, drums, guitars, keyboards, synths and vocals.
The band was trying to find their feet again in a decade where everything went wrong with music and style.
So the band went heavy metal.
Heavy metal with some space rock influences.... lots of them. They still were mainly a space rock band. But there are some tracks here who sounds like Judas Priest tracks.
In effect, Hawkwind was not innovators on this album. They were trying to copy other bands and trends. In particular the heavy metal scene.
Most of the space rock is something they have done before....... and much better.
Hawkwind is at best threading the water on this album. At worst, they are sinking.
Nevertheless, this is a decent album. But there is a lot better albums out there in their vast discography.