AMORETUM Vol​.​1

by BLACK SPACE RIDERS

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AMORETUM Vol. 1, the fifth BLACK SPACE RIDERS album, is here!
The internationally acclaimed predecessor REFUGEEUM brought the band renown with its mixture of thoughtful, sensitive themes and hard, atmospheric rock. Two years have passed since then, two years in which the world has not necessarily become a better place in the eyes of most people.
War, terror, displacement, destruction, rejection and nationalism dominate the headlines. Or, as a wise little green fellow once said: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering”.
“All you need is love”, countered the BEATLES in 1967. The response of BLACK SPACE RIDERS in 2018 is “AMORETUM”, a made-up word comprising “amor” and “arboretum” to symbolize a protective garden and a germ seed of love. And so the new song cycle of BLACK SPACE RIDERS is all about the conflict between fear-hate-rejection-darkness on the one hand, and love-empathy-care-light on the other. For, how else should we overcome hate, if not with love?
Musically, this conflict is consistently put into practice by a band that beats its own path and is constantly developing. The electronic experiments of the BEYOND REFUGEEUM EP of 2016 have been reduced sonically and cleverly integrated into the powerfully sounding songs. Between fat, dirty riffs and trippy delays, everything that sounds good is allowed; the album is interspersed with a flowing groove throughout and an ever-present atmosphere that embraces the listener. Heavy, sometimes proggy, often psychedelic, always engaging and almost catchy and danceable, AMORETUM Vol. 1 takes us by the hand, shows us the dark side, and then wants to give us the hope back that we so often painfully miss.
The album flows from song to song as if from a single cast. The listener wonders after 45 minutes whether everything is really already over, and wants to go back to the beginning again immediately.
But of course everything is not over after 45 minutes in the world of BLACK SPACE RIDERS. The band also announces a second chapter for 2018 ... AMORETUM Vol. 2 is waiting for us, while we take pleasure from Vol. 1 and patiently wait for the further work.

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released January 26, 2018

AMORETUM Vol.1 Tracklist: 45:00 min
1. Lovely lovelie 4:09 min
2. Another sort of homecoming 3:54 min
3. Soul shelter (Inside of me) 6:03 min
4. Movements 8:01 min
5. Come and follow 4:24 min
6. Friends are falling 5:02 min
7. Fire! Fire! (death of a giant) 5:53 min
8. Fellow peacemakers 7:29 min

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AMORETUM credits:
Music written and arranged by JE and C.RIP with SEB, SLI and SAQ
Lyrics by JE & SEB
Played and performed by BLACK SPACE RIDERS
Produced by ROLE and JE
Recorded, mixed and mastered july-sept 2017 by Role Wiegner at »Die Tonmeisterei« (Oldenburg)
Cover by Jakob Maser, band photography by Hanno H. Endres

BLACK SPACE RIDERS:
JE lead vocals, guitars, keys, piano, electronics
SEB lead vocals, keys, percussion, electronics
C.RIP drums, percussion
SLI guitars
SAQ bass guitar (until sept. 2017)
MEI bass guitar (since june 2017)

Diskographie (albums):
2010: s/t (sound guerilla/da)
2012: LIGHT IS THE NEW BLACK (BSR/Brainstorm/Roughtrade)
2014: D:REI (BSR/Cargo)
2015: REFUGEEUM (BSR/Cargo)
2016: BEYOND REFUGEEUM ep (BSR/Cargo)
2018: AMORETUM Vol.1 (BSR/Cargo)
2018: tba AMORETUM Vol.2 (BSR/Cargo)

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Track Name: Lovely lovelie
LOVELY LOVELIE

Get back to your beds, hide in your hole
You lovers collapse while facing your fall
A paradise will no longer exist,
peace and love can no longer resist
Erupting fear breaking the wall
Lovely lovelie
Our garden, destroyed, taken by storm
We‘re bringing the harm, the hideous swarm
A love so deep, now determined to die,
wrapped and muffled by hate
Get back to your beds, here comes the storm
Lovely lovelie
Get back to your beds, hide in your hole
A love so deep, now determined to fall
Get back to your beds, facing your fall
Erupting fear tearing down every wall
Get back to your beds, hide in your …
Lovely lovelie
Lovely, lovely lie …
Track Name: Another sort of homecoming
ANOTHER SORT OF HOMECOMING

The times were terrifying
and coldness wrapped me up
I‘d been sent to see, to seek, to save
A long way to the top
How they turned their lives
into a mellow mass:
how they shed their feelings and their souls
forgot about the past
So, day by day
I denied my moaning heart
and repelled temptation, brave and strong,
to join and fall apart
Now it‘s time to change
My longing growing strong
Leave this place and coming home again
is what I really want
GO! Time to return to my ground
GO! I have to leave these souls I found
GO! Time to rest under the shield
GO! Energy!
Another sort of coming home
Track Name: Soul shelter (inside of me)
SOUL SHELTER (Inside Of Me)

Bringing back the sunshine
Remembering the light
A place attacked from outside
I keep this place inside
Inside of me, inside of me
Garden of completeness
A warm and tender light
A place attacked by darkness
Don‘t hide this place inside
Soul Shelter – Inside of me, inside of me
Soul Shelter – Inside of me, inside of you
Silent is the inside
All quiet now and clear
Knocking from the outside:
denial, hate and fear
Soul Shelter – Inside of me, inside of me
Soul Shelter – Inside of me, inside of you
Track Name: Movements
MOVEMENTS

Just a glimpse of something lost,
flickering in my mind
Like a memory from the past, echoing
Ground control, lost control, no control
In a place where I belonged:
echoes from the past
In a time I called my home, wandering
Ground control, lost control, no control
How I missed the ones I loved,
moments passing by
Still I‘m waiting for the call, remembering
Ground control, lost control, no control
Movements
Comes a time, comes a time of reunion
Comes a place, comes a place of communion
Comes a time, comes a time of affection
Comes a place, comes a place of attraction
Comes a time, comes a time when we meet again
Comes a place, comes a place where we meet again
Comes a time, comes a time when we love again
Comes a place, comes a place where we live again
Stop and rest – consider and remember
Stop the quest – rethink and now remember
Rest, remain – and realize amazing
grace, retain – the echoes of your living
Go and see – now realize the beauty
Go and turn – now realize the grace
Go, return – get hold of all the beauty
Go and feel – compassion to embrace
Movements
Comes a time, comes a time when we meet again
Comes a time of reunion
Comes a place, comes a place where we meet again
Comes a place of communion
Comes a time, comes a time when we love again
Comes a time of affection
Comes a place, comes a place where we live again
Comes a place of attraction
Realize the grace
Realize the beauty now
Echoes from the past
Passion to embrace
Movements
Track Name: Come and follow
COME AND FOLLOW

Follow me, take my hand
Don‘t look back, just trust my way
Follow me, leave this place
I will take you far away
Watch my shades: familiar shape
with sweetest taste of the unknown
Bite into tender doom
Worship and adore my throne
Beautiful but treacherous
Rotten to the bone
Serpentine but sensual
A queen of hearts dethroned
Now you love, now you know:
adoration brings the light
Idolize, now you‘re lost
I take you to the other side
Beautiful but treacherous
Rotten to the bone
Serpentine but sensual
A queen of hearts dethroned
Come on follow me into the darkness
Come and follow me, follow my love
Come on follow me, beauty is transforming
Come on follow me into the dark
Track Name: Friends are falling
FRIENDS ARE FALLING

Open your arms after closing your thinking for ages
Missing the trust that you lost on your way to the stars
Fighting the hating has taught you to hate for ages
Remind you your mission was based on a vision of love
Open your mind to the memory of love and affection
Missing your friends who vanished while you‘ve been
away
Yearning for turning to someone so close and familiar
Remind you your mission was based on a vision of faith
Falling, friends are falling
Falling and lost in a vision of trust
Falling but lost in my vision of trust
Open your heart to some gratitude,
kindness and friendship
Empathy melting the ice that‘s enclosing your soul
Yearning for turning to someone so close and devoted
Remind you your mission was based on a vision of trust
Falling, friends are falling
Falling and lost in a vision of trust
A vision of love and a vision of trust
Open your heart after closing your spirit for ages
Missing the feelings you lost on your way to the stars
Fighting the hating has taught you to hate for ages
Remind you your mission was based on a vision of love
Falling, friends are falling
Falling but lost in a vision of trust
My vision of faith and my vision of trust
Falling but lost in my vision of trust
Falling for ages, falling from the stars
Track Name: Fire! Fire! (Death of a giant)
FIRE! FIRE! (Death Of A Giant)

Facing the past, deeply crooked for ages
Annual rings of a life, witnessing hope
Murder and death, lovers and birth, closely entwined
The battle of darkness and light, observer of life
Here on the hill, bound in hostile surroundings
Cracks in the bleeding wood: scars and remains
Here all alone, shelter and symbol of freedom:
a giant, so massive and old: gentle but strong
Tearing down to the ground
Burning heat, smoking coal
Fire! Fire!
Burning down to the ground
Timber heart, holy wood
Fire! Fire!
Facing the day, changing the soul of perception
Father of life, father of fire and death
Cold is the night , warm is the shine of the torch
Now and forever: deep is the heart of the flame
Tearing down to the ground
Burning heat, smoking coal
Fire! Fire!
Burning down to the ground
Timber heart, holy wood
Fire! Fire!
Track Name: Fellow peacemakers
FELLOW PEACEMAKERS

Will she find, will she find, will she find?
Withered blossoms falling down to earth
All she left alone
Nothing else than footprints of the years
before they reached her home
Will she find, will she find, will she find?
Looking back: she missed her final choice
Mandatory hate
Where’s the place? Now listening to her heart
Hope it‘s not too late
Start a new world, so far up above
Waiting to return
Gathering the troops of heart and soul
Sowing seeds of love
And she will find her way!
Will she find, will she find, will she find?
Will she find, will she find, will she find:
fellow peacemakers?
She will find, she will find, she will find:
fellow peacemakers!
We will find, we will find, we will find:
fellow peacemakers!

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