Label: Stormspell Records
Three similar bands: Iron Maiden/Judas Priest/Uriah Heep

Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Pilgrims of the Stars
2. Interstellar
3. Colony
4. A New World
5. Not Built by Human Hands
6. Structures
7. Towards the Unknown

Per-Olof Göransson – Communicative Devices
Anton Eriksson – Navigational Instruments

Pilgrims (EP 2020)


Produced by Starscape
Recorded in Studio Borgen Spring 2019 – Fall 2020
Music and lyrics by Anton Eriksson
Vocal arrangements by Starscape
Keyboard arrangements by Starscape
Organ on “Interstellar” arranged by Julius Eriksson Narration by Joseph Davey
Cover art by Apocalyptic Nuke Logo by Anton Eriksson Layout by Mumintroll Photography by Starscape

Released 2021-03-01
Reviewed 2021-06-21

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The pilgrims of Starscape, hailing from near my areas, goes on a journey to build a colony and eventually ends up on the way towards the unknown. It is their debut album and it contains seven tracks, a retro looking artwork, a crew of two, and a big rear view mirror looking back rather than forward. I have to say that it certainly looks interesting for myself as a sci-fi fan but looks is one thing, so what about the music?

Seems like an album inspired by some of the stronger artists of hard rock and metal past like Uriah Heep, Iron Maiden, and the likes, perhaps Hawkwind or something like that as well. It has a production that feels low budget, it feels kind of old yet with a fresh touch. I like the sound of this album, it has something special that I cannot really put my finger on, it is great nonetheless. And the playing time is sensible as well, so while you get a space adventure you might imagine that it stays somewhere in the vicinity, perhaps in the solar system. The seven tracks require a little over forty minutes to play through.

This is a good one, for all the space colonists on their pilgrimage towards the unknow it should be one of the finest soundtracks. It is a great adventure that is well worth checking out, I like how they deliver nostalgia while giving a fresh impression as that shouldn’t be an easy task to do. All the tracks are good, and there are no weaker tracks on the album. There are no major standouts either but Pilgrims of the Stars that opens the album in a great way deserves some recognition, it is probably the most memorable track on the album. They duo should also be praised for managing to give a fresh and novel feel while still looking hard in the rear-view mirror.

Colony is an enjoyable album, it looks and sounds fun, and retro, but it is also fresh and exciting. This album offers what you want from an album, good songs, strong melodies, fascinating sound, some novelty, what else do you need? I think it is an album well worth checking out.