The Bottom Line
- The bands performing are cream of the underground.
- Barrett’s material is largely treated with reverence.
- No contribution from Between the Buried and Me.
- Their CD Colors is the bluntest statement of Pink Floyd worship since Voivod’s The Outer Limits.
- Tribute album to the late Syd Barrett.
- Released September 23, 2008 on Dwell Records.
- Artwork co-conceived by Michel “Away” Langevin of Voivod/Kosmos.
Guide Review - Various Artists - 'Like Black Holes In The Sky: The Tribute To Syd Barrett'
Instead of obvious candidates like Queens of the Stone Age on this thing, you get Jesu, Yakuza, Intronaut, Zodiak, Stinking Lizaveta, Unearthly Trance and Kylesa as well as the mighty Pentagram, all likely nominees to do Syd Barrett’s frequently off-kilter music justice.
Jarboe and Giant Squid capture the sheer lunacy of Barrett’s quizzical music on “Late Night” and “Octopus” respectively. Meanwhile, Voivod drummer Away leads his offshoot project Kosmos in a laser-dashed version of “Vegetable Man,” one of the compilation’s coolest tracks.
Other highlights include Intronaut’s “Arnold Layne” as well as the Piper songs like Yakuza’s “Lucifer Sam,” Pentagram’s “Flaming,” Kylesa’s “Interstellar Overdrive” and Dredg’s faithfully trippy interpretation of “Astronomy Domine,” a translucent gem that briefly made Voivod stars.
Appropriate Syd Barrett should be represented by fringe rock and metal bands whose mutual appreciation for where their sounds originate makes Like Black Holes in the Sky: The Tribute to Syd Barrett a rare tribute album with its heart in the right place.