Thursday, August 20, 2015

Stone Oak Cosmonaut- One Evening in the Desert (Self Released)

Stone Oak Cosmonaut is a three piece heavy space rock band from Utrecht, Holland. This is the bands third album in about 8 years or so and the first after a 5 year break. The last one, Into The Multiuniverse was like the bands heavy 2112 like album.  This album features 9 diverse tracks. Edwin has a very unique voice but the bass driven, heavy guitar and spacey synth layers are intact as the band starts off with the title track.  Cosmic Messenger has a very heavy guitar riff and reminds me if Wino, made space rock.  A bit doomy, spacey, but rocking. Outside, took me back to 1979, with that pure Motorhead sound of Bomber/Ace of Spades.. What a great sort of tribute to that early Motorhead sound..  My favorite tracks are the longer Mind full of Capsules and Voyagers. This combines heavy rock, spacey sounds, longer solo sections and a lot of cool dynamics. In Mind, about 4mins in he takes a good long solo before the track enters into a really spaced out section. It slowly builds up again. Stone and Light slows it down and contains another great heavy guitar riff for the space synths to float in and over at times. Voyagers is another long track and starts with floating space sounds and a eerie synth before the beautiful guitar line enters. I am sure this line was on another of their records as well??? Anyway, a beautiful start for an amazing track with a lot of cool dynamic sections and really intense drumming at the end. The Sun is a more groovey track with some guitar double track harmony guitars. You have your head banging lightly after the guitar riff on this one. Incident in Galaxy Nine starts with some space synth bullets as they fadeout and the heavy guitar riff takes over, a sense of brooding sets in, like something bad really happened. The track is an instrumental one. Festival closes out the album and is a more laid back track and the singing voice is quite different.  He reminds me of someone but I can’t place it. Anyway, another really cool record.. 



The only way to get the CD at this time is to write to the band at:  edwin_van_wanrooij@hotmail.com or contact them via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stone-Oak-Cosmonaut/140829682654697?fref=ts

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