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3 stars 'Invasion On Planet Z' is a really suitable album title, you must know, as the band guests in Zofingen, Switzerland, just at a venue named Planet Z, yeah!. In opposite to a big bang, like out of nowhere the invasion comes to grips with care, smooth, happens bit by bit so to say. The SPACE INVADERS nearly steal into the room due to some electronic goodies provided by Dirk.Jan.Müller, wellknown as one driving force of the neo krautrock crew Electric Orange. Hereby the band prepares for the noteworthy experience which goes for 80 minutes at a stride - divided in four stages however - so they are caring for some structure too, a little.

The band's rhythm section is comprised of bass player Paul.Pott (Zone Six) and Dennis Gockel, originally drummer for Weltraum. Finally the superb line-up is completed by two guitarists, to name Mike Häfliger aka TipiMike of Spacenote fame and Dirk.Bittner (Electric Orange). Each member guarantees experience and inspiration, most certainly! Besides the layout ... just for a proper orientation first ... the musical flow is space rock typical, as one could and should expect. Which means alternating dynamics, relaxed floating journeys mostly as well as groovy rides, and finally you will also detect heavy moments of outburst in between.

Here we have extended meandering jams from this group which started at Burg Herzberg Festival in 2009, The album was recorded in February 2013, mixed and mastered at Studio Fleisch and released on Nasoni Records. Stylistically they are getting close to some Electric Orange output here and there. Guitars and synths are playfully placed all over, predominantly working alongside one another, however some instrumental solos are given too. I really like it when TipiMike makes use of the talkbox, this especially reminds me of the 1970's - Iron Butterfly always comes into my mind then. The longest part is my favourite - Leaving The Ruins shows them soaring up to the peak with groove - great interaction! If you are a space rock fan 'Invasion On Planet Z' will be a proper addition to your collection for sure - 3.5 stars.

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