Space Mirrors - "The Darker Side of Art"
(Dead Earnest 2004)

Uploaded to Aural Innovations: March 2004

This is a combined music project by three like minded people in music but from two very different worlds. While Space Mirrors was formed by Alisa, a Russian, female multi-instrumentalists, on this project she is joined by Michael Blackman (Alien Dream) on guitars and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One) also on guitar. It is some sort of Dark Apocalyptic space music, sometimes falling into the rock category. It also features some really fantastic artwork by Jim Lasko, famous for his great Space Rock light shows! The CD opens with the Portal Spell, which is a very dark space journey to get you started. I really like the Trip through Inner Space as a slow journey out into the cosmos. This is music that should be accompanied by visuals. Your Souls Been Sold is next and starts off with a very happy synth lead line and is not as dark as the other material, despite the title! Pale Ghost features some very psychedelic guitar playing with a lot of swirling synths bubbling up from beneath. Black Dragon has some beautiful floating synths and guitars that float you out into the unknown. The last track, Dark Jedi, is pretty close to some sort of Space metal and I guess this is the track that Arjen plays on. Alisa does some very spaced out vocals way in the background as well as a 7 part story is told in the 12 minute song. This is quite a successful spaced out effort. If you want to go on a trip into deep space, this is highly recommended.

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Reviewed by Scott Heller

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