by: Peter Laursen, March '05
Richard Andersson is back with his Space Odyssey
project and the second album "The Astral Episode", the follow up to "Embrace
The Galaxy". We get 8 tracks in the same vein as the first album and
like his other project: Time Requiem. So nothing new here.
Space Odyssey is:
Richard Andersson - Keyboards
Nils Patrik Johansson - Vocals
Andreas Brobjer - Drums
Magnus Nilsson - Guitars & bass
A very strong line up, but unfortunately "The Astral Episode" doesn't quite reach the heights of
the stunning debut. Not that this is a bad or boring album! No, no, no
... I like this release, however I'm sure, that I've heard it all
This disc kicks off with "Through Dreams And Reality"
- and it's a nice track, but somehow forgettable.
Next is "Astral Episode" - and this track is magnificent. Tasteful playing and a very memorable
chorus. More of that, please!
Third track "Lord Of The Winds" and I'm thinking: Astral Doors??? But
no ... this is Space Odyssey, but it's very close to a Astral Doors track. Great guitar and keyboard playing
here, but not a very memorable track in my humlbe opinion.
It gets way better on track 4 "Dazzel The Devil" - great playing here
again - of course - a great, great track with a stunning chorus. This song just makes me feel
Track 5 - "Back To The Dark" is only average in my opinion.
Next up is "Presence Of Mind" - nice instrumental track. Not
mindblowing, but good.
"Reversation" - is up next, and it's a majestic hymn and one of a very
high quality. In my opinion of course.
The last track is "The Seventh Star Fantasy" - this is, in my opinion, a very atmospheric track, more than 8 minutes of
Neo-classical, Prog., Folk and a Heavy as hell riff. Great.
The production is good and the playing is flawless - do we need more? You have to have a little time because this album needs time to grow, okay?
Recommeded tracks: "Astral Episode", "Dazzel The Devil", "Reversation" and "The Seventh Star Fantasy"