Category: Russia

The Re-Stoned – Analog (2011)

“The Moscow-based instrumental power-trio THE RE-STONED is usually associated with the local “stoner rock” scene, not because their music can only be appreciated by inveterate weedeaters but because of its heavily fuzzed sound and reliance on muscular riffing in golden 70’s style. Ilya Lipkin (guitars), Vladimir Nikulin (bass) and Andrei Pankratov (drums) leans on a combination of bluesy guitar-drenched textures and spacy, almost psychedelic jam-meandering trips, but the most important thing is their great skill at creating melodies so that you get really caught without any vocal hooks. This one is a great thing, whether you are “stoned”, “re-stoned” or not. Riffing is the essential of each song, but the band are not shredders of the simple boogie rock power of raw. Classic rock, blues-rock, traditional doom and stoner enthusiasts, and everyone else who appreciates original and challenging hard-rock music will like THE RE-STONED.”

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Magical Unicellular Music – Inconceivable (2009)

“Magical Unicellular Music Of Solntsetsvety appeared as a result of a successful experiment, during which Solntsetsvety (transcontinental artistic group) decided to try and transfer the qualities of the mechanical beat to the entire band. Turned out that music, thus devoid of structure and theme attains special expressiveness. Because of the ever-changing perception of the musicians and the audience this outwardly monotonous music has an inward development. The band is formed by bass-guitar, guitar, drums, radiotuner, sometimes keyboard synthesizer is added. The foundation of the V.O.M. sound is the resonance that appears in the course of interaction of intensified sound of guitars and special method of playing drums.”

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Vespero – By The Waters Of Tomorrow ‎(2010)

“Formed in Astrakhan, Russian Federation band VESPERO (ex-Веспер) began in early 2003 as all instrumental quartet of bassist/keyboardist Arkady Fedotov, violinist Valentin Rulev, percussionist/drummer Ivan Fedotov, and guitarist Alexander Kuzovlev who were brought together by common interest in spontaneous improvisations and psychedelic-fueled music… In 2004-2006, VESPERO gradually shifted away from the acid-jamming and kraut-rock style to embrace a more prog-rock oriented approach to music drawing inspiration from the avant-garde poetry and theatre-art.”

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Gdeva – Bubbles, Bubbles… (2006)

“Known among local instrumental music lovers for a great deal of improvisation in their live shows, the concept behind the band is never make the same composition twice and try to do something different every time the trio get together… band tries to explore prog-rock territories while routing the map of late-60s and early-70s psychodelia by using decrepit vintage musical equipment… all recorded live-in-the-studio with no overdubs… This young band could easily turn into one of the greatest space-kraut-prog-psyche outfits you’ve probably never heard of.”

Khmury – Live In Avant (2010)

“Instrumental set than soon yields to a decelerating passage than recalls the Twin Peaks theme, deliberately or not, lightly enough that it owns the musical passage but also with enough atmosphere to put you straight into the surreal headspace of Lynch’s pine forests complete with a chilly tension… swirl, pummel, soar and pound past in a pretty triumphant mix of post-rock and a range of harder stuff that feels good to bang your head into… sound of an overdriven amp and the most guttural Sabbath worshipping punishment capable of being dealt out by the band, with more of that savage lead guitar work crawling and scrawling across it’s face… hyperblast cosmic carnage, taking in some classic rock riffs, fills and some bad-ass basslines, all captured crystal clear off the desk and synched to perfection.”

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