DOCTORS OF SPACE
"The Covid Sessions"
(Dr Space von 'Øresund Space Collective', 'Black Moon Circle', 'Aural Hallucinations'
& Martin Weaver von 'Wicked Lady', 'Dark')
1. Apollo Drive (10:27)
2. Hold My Bear (6:21)
3. From The Depths Of The Universe (7:52)
4. Viral Usurper (12:20)
5. Afro Ghost Ritual 47 (7:13)
6. Funkee Caca (6:37)
7. Untouchable Trademark (7:40)
8. Drowned In Drone (6:59)
9. White Star Turns Pink (8:41)
Dr Space - synthesizer, drum programming
Dr Martin Weaver - guitars, bass, drum programming
Cover artwork paintings by Martin Weaver
CD-label artwork by Don Williams
Artwork layout by David Graham
mixed & mastered by Scott Heller
Reviews / Notes:
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this but from the first track I dug it.
The first track “Apollo Groove” is very spacey with lots of note runs and waves of sound flowing in and out with lots of reverberation and layers of slushy guitar. This is 10+ minutes of jam and experimentation.
“Hold My Beer” has a quick vocal from Dr. Space’s very distinctive voice and what follows is a very beautiful almost acoustic guitar set with again lots of layering and sound treatments.
“From The Depths Of The Universe” gave me the sense of being in space flying past a black hole. I could imagine blue sparks and there seemed like an immense and powerful feel to the sound throughout this song. The space vibe was all over this one. This may be my favorite track of the entire album. A moody piece.
“Viral Ursuper” starts off with a bunch of coughing ( a nod to Covid I’m sure) then this one turns up the blues guitar. There is a really great scorching rhythm section throughout. Shades of Black Sabbath? At over 12+ minutes, it was over too quickly.
“Afro Ghost Ritual 47” starts off with a really awesome sort of tribal drum beat with a huge bass/synth (?) line rumbling over the top of it. There are guitar lines that fade in and out and drift in the background not shredding but peaking and adding texture in all the right places. The guitar in this track reminds me a bit of softer David Gilmore. Very nice.
“Funky Caca” has a grindy funk groove to it with again layered guitars and of course lots of effects from Dr. Space. In case you thought they were just all about space, this track is just a good old-fashioned funk rock track with some nice embellishments.
“Drowned In Drone” starts with, you got it, drone, but soon morphs into a groove that reminds me a lot of some of the Nine Inch Nails soundtrack work. Very thick and had me doing a slow head bang as I sped down the road.
“Untouchable Trademark” has lots of note flows like in the very first song of the album, experimenting with popping notes here and there and weaving them together with a continuous pumping bass line. At times the note flows reminded me a bit of the sound of a harpsichord. A very beautiful track.
“White Star Turns Pink” is a gentle and graceful end to the album. Acoustic guitar and flowing space layers until the very end. A nice closer.
I like the way both guys augment each other. They are really a great combination and although there is definitely a spacey feel to most of the album,
there is plenty of straight up guitar and jams for any music lover to dig on throughout. I would not hesitate to recommend this album.
While there check out “Doctors Of Space – First Treatment” too. Another good one!
The Aural Retentive