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Maat Lander

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4 stars Once more provided by the German Clostridium Records label, as for the vinyl edition at least, this is the next follow up of their acclaimed Seasons Of Space series. MAAT LANDER is standing for a more loose, though nevertheless successful collaboration during the last years. Maybe even exactly for that reason. The crew is steadily comprised of guitarist Ilya Lipkin (THE RE-STONED) as well as the Fedotov brothers Arkady and Ivan of VESPERO fame. The concept turns out to be something fictional, mystical, goes for inviting us to diverse expeditions their protagonist Maat is undergoing. Up to now he has been underway all around the macrocosm. But, bored by traveling in space, with Book #2 he eventually will turn towards microcosm too.

Gripping, as he's almost losing his life hereby. This is the main frame for preparing inspired space rock tunes, tremendously characterized by Lipkin's virtuoso acoustic and electric guitar work. He also has written some chapters for the associated book, diverse illustrations included. This will highlight the approach in a comfortable manner. Featuring multi-tracked guitars Klaus, I'm Lost Among The Moleculs may be pointed out as the typical MAAT LANDER tune. Nice variations to experience. Again a breathtaking team play is assured overall. Lipkin on one hand caters for a looping line in the back, above all he's soloing a lot, here and there duetting with Arkady Fedotov's synths.

Ivan's drumming is always strong as necessary, straight to the point on this occasion, regularly in opposite to a more diversified appearance on Vespero albums. Quantum Ballad then offers a very nice symbiosis of acoustic and electric guitar. And I shouldn't forget the inspired bass playing on Scum. The last two tracks are valuable arguments to reach out for the compact disc or a download too. This especially applies to The Asteroid Of Living Machinery due to its groovy and lively flow. Well done again. Just put all those Vespero, Re-Stoned and Maat Lander albums in one box, close your eyes, and then randomly select. You definitely won't fail, never!

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