Hawkwind to End Five-Year Silence with Blood of the Earth

Hawkwind to End Five-Year Silence with <i>Blood of the Earth</i>
When you're 41 years into a career, there's really no reason to stop making albums. You're pretty much doing it until the bitter end at that point. Case in point: seasoned British prog/space rockers Hawkwind, who have just announced that they will be releasing their new album, Blood of the Earth, on August 21.

The record, which will contain 11 tracks and will be released by Plastic Head, features guest appearances from Jon Sevink of the Levellers, Matthew Wright of, uh, the BBC, and a performance from the band's late keyboardist Jason Stuart, according to a press release. Blood of the Earth also contains new versions of "You'd Better Believe It," originally from 1974's Hall of the Mountain Grill and "Sweet Obsession," originally from Hawkwind founder Dave Brock's 1984 solo album Earthed to the Ground.

Head here to listen to two songs now.

The album will be available on CD and as a limited-edition 180-gram clear double vinyl set, which will contain a bonus track. The band will be hitting the road later in 2010 in support of the album; no word yet on if this includes North American touring.

Hawkwind's last studio album in their labyrinthine discography was 2005's Take Me to Your Leader.

Blood of the Earth:

1. "Seahawks"
2. "Blood of the Earth"
3. "Wraith"
4. "Green Machine"
5. "Inner Visions"
6. "Sweet Obsession"
7. "Comfey Chair"
8. "Prometheus"
9. "You'd Better Believe It"
10. "Sentinel"
11. "Starshine"