If Spinal Tap had a mini Stonehenge on stage, then given the density and scale you’d imagine from Wild Rocket’s ethereal cosmic post/prog rock that they would require a double sized Stonehenge. This, however, is a galactic sized piece of music.
Take the far out leanings of Hawkwind and send it tumbling through a cosmic warp hole and it may end up sounding like ‘Geomagnetic Hallucinations’. Against the colossal soundscapes, the vocals are barely audible. Whether by intention or not, what you can hear is almost indecipherable. It suggests that if they were any clearer then the singing or lyrics could be criticised but in the context of the music on the EP, it fits fine.
There is a density to the guitar riffs and drumming on Layers that feels like it’s holding the universe up. Blowholes is more urgent and the additional keys provide a sense of drama. Occasionally the songs float off losing focus as it does on the latter half of the more heavy metal sounding A Better Place.
The video game key effects are rather too liberally sprinkled throughout the song and they could have been reigned in so their impact didn’t become over-saturated. There is a hint of The Doors on the meandering keys of Interplanetary Vibrations but at over nine minutes long it could have been trimmed as it does begin to feel too repetitive with little variation throughout its duration.
Sulphur Assassin feels like a shorter, punchier concentrated version of Interplanetary Vibrations. But therein lies part of the problem with the ‘Geomagnetic Hallucinations’ EP, as the lack of variation from song to song becomes obvious as you progress through it. Wild Rocket have a formula that clearly has something that stands out, but it’s not fully explored yet. The template Wild Rocket possesses is sound but learning how to change it up is required for them to fully realise their potential.