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Tim Blake - Reissues album review

Constantly eccentric, yet equally fascinating

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Tim Blake is an individual. A keyboard player who has always refused to follow the whims of others, preferring to take his own risks. With both Gong and Hawkwind, he has made his mark in bands who’ve been pioneering in their pursuit of psychedelic sounds. But it’s Blake’s solo output that truly marks his path.

Crystal Machine (710) was released in 1977, and displayed his ability to delve into the sphere of ambient music without getting lost, as happens to others. This new edition also has both sides of the rare Spanish single Synthese Intemporel.

A year later, Blake’s New Jerusalem (810) is arguably his finest solo work. It has a left-field quality that manages to be both accessible yet also darkly disturbing. And you’ll also get the ’79 Waterfalls In Space album, first issued on cassette.

Magick (610) followed in 1991. While it’s a little too disjointed to stand as a masterpiece, nonetheless Blake still certainly creates enthralling moments.

Finally, The Tide Of The Century (610), from 2000, again shows that Blake had a unique vision on his own music, one that set him apart as a creative master.

These four albums underline that Tim Blake has always been worthwhile.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.