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4 stars A pretty good debut album from this Russian outfit; and one pretty hard to categorize too.

Guitars are in the front, back and center on this production, that's an obvious place to start. At times highly complex and quirky guitar themes are played out constantly, from mellow passages exploring a single guitar motif to metal-tinged segments with drawn out hard chords; staccato, aggressive and distorted riff patterns, and quite a few variations in between those two extremes. Quite often we're served dual guitar layers - at times it even sounds like triple ones; harmonic or semi-harmonic motifs explored just as often as more dissonant affairs. There's extensive soloing going on too; but a characteristic trait of this band is that they keep those facets of the compositions atmospheric. Fast melodic guitar solo licks, drawn out notes or distorted screeching bursts; they're all firmply placed within the atmospheric realm with hardly any shredding in sight.

It's an adventurous creation this one, comparable to Robert Fripp's work in approach albeit not in sound or style - experimental, searching progressive rock incorporating many aspects from the world of hard rock and some from metal too boot. A good release that should appeal to quite a few instrumental prog aficionados.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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