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NOTHING TO SAY

Serpentina Satelite

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.76 | 10 ratings

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4 stars I'm not sure if I should treat this as the band's debut - they had released a demo four years before that and they officially consider 'Nothing To Say' as an EP - even though it has a total length of 48 minutes! Nevermind - here we have a very good album made by this Peruvian band. Three shorter, rough and violent songs are framed by two spacey jams - that's for the first orientation.

Nueva Ola starts spheric ambient. Normally I would swear they are using synthesizer but the instrumentation description negates that. So it must be a guitar sound deformed by effects. A whispering voice appears whilst the song picks up speed by and by, getting propulsive finally when drums and bass are coming in. This reminds me of AMON D▄▄L 2's hallucinatory 'Yeti' sessions as well as the Russian band VESPERO. The title track Nothing To Say marks a stylistical break then initiated with a hard riffing guitar. This is worked out in the heavy rocking vein of HAWKWIND - wild and raw but also hypnotic repetitive on the other hand and provided with a fantastic interlude reduced on both guitars duelling. Flavio Castillejos delivers some typical space rock recitative with echo effect.

The Last Drop and Madripoor are getting nearer to stoner rock then, impelling with a heavy bass and puzzling effects establishing guitar walls as well as solo excursions. The album's highlight is Kommune 1 by all means - the title is pointing to the wild times in Germany accompanied by the development of krautrock - greetings to Uschi Obermaier and Fritz Teufel. Starting with a child speaking (in Spain I assume) you can detect reminscences to AMON D▄▄L 2 once again - a fantastic trip over the course of the next 24 minutes which is barely half of the production. Floating and rocking parts are alternating when they are exploring the roots of psychedelia and space. I wonder if the band is able to carry this to their live performances.

'Nothing To Say' is nothing really surprising new from a stylistical point of view but presented with a great intensity - first of all because of the striking guitar work of Renato Gˇmez and Dolmo. This is really fascinating, maybe comparable to bands like OBSKURIA and LA IRA DE DIOS - but only in a wider sense. A must have for die-hard psych/space and krautrock lovers.

Rivertree | 4/5 |

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