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Founded in Moscow, Russia in 2014.

ATON FIVE is an instrumental Russian band that plays a blend of prog, (hard)rock and psychedelia. They started in 2014 and are located in the capital Moscow. Being true to the spirit of the '70s the band seeks to enrich it with the achievements of progressive music of the following decades. The line-up features ALEXANDER 'RITCHIE' SELEZNEV (guitar and percussion), DANIIL BOSAK (synthesizers, Rhodes electric piano and accordion), MIKHAIL ZENKOV (bass and percussion) and DMITRY SMIRNOV (drums).

In 2015 Aton Five releases the "Long Forgotten Tales" EP which met positive reviews on the Internet. In 2016 the band plays as an opening act for Elder show in Moscow. In the summer of 2017 the "Live At Mars" studio live EP is out, along with a professionally filmed video of the performance.

At last (on November 2, 2018) the "Solarstalgia" full-length record was released digitally by Mars Records, after three years of writing and one more of production. The guest musicians on this album are GEORGIY STEFANOV, IVAN STEFANOV and YANA SHUMSKAYA on vocals, and ANTON ABLOV on organ.

In February 2019 R.A.I.G. Records released a CD reissue (9 tracks, running time 76 minutes) of ATON FIVE's first full-length album "Solarstalgia", supplemented with two live bonus tracks. These were originally from the digital only mini-album "Live At Mars". Soon Aton Five gained attention from vintage rock lovers over the world. Soon R.A.I.G. Records started promoting and distributing the release in Europe and in the US.

Bio by TenYearsAfter (July 2019)

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3.92 | 51 ratings

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4.45 | 11 ratings
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4.67 | 9 ratings
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Aton Five Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars "WOW!"

Aton Five is a Russian band, rooted in 2014 and located in the capital Moscow. The four members wanted to make prog in the spirit of the Seventies. After the live studio EP Live At Mars from 2017 and the own production debut album SolarstaLgia from 2018, in February 2019 the label R.A.I.G. Records released SolarstaLgia as a CD reissue, with two live bonustracks, from the Live At Mars EP. I discovered Aton Five on the Dutch Progstreaming, and I am blown away, what an exciting tribute to the Seventies!

The music alternates between slow and hypnotizing rhythms, catchy mid-tempo beats and heavy and bombastic climates, very dynamic and compelling, these guys in their twenties pay tribute to the Seventies in a very exciting way, many times I was blown away or got goose bumps. The great element on this album is the colouring by the guitar and keyboards: the one moment soaring psychedelic organ, spacey synthesizer flights or moving electric guitar, the other moment heavy guitar riffs, fiery and biting electric guitar soli, lush Hammond and spectaculaar, pitchbend driven synthesizer soli. I was told by the band that the keyboard player loves Rush and Kansas, and the guitarist Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore. Well, that is obvious but both musicians succeed to add an own flavour into the sound of their heroes. My highlights.

The Dreadnought (6:33) : The intro contains experimental sounds, spoken words and a growling bass. Then a slow and hypnotizing rhythm with a heavy sound featuring exciting rock guitar and spacey synthesizer flights, soon a psychedelic inspired organ joins. Halfway a raw guitar solo and finally a bombastic ending with compelling organ and synthesizer runs, fuelled by powerful drum beats, back to The Seventies (Pink Floyd, Rush), and I love it.

Time (9:24) : It starts with a slow rhythm featuring moving electric guitar and powerful bass, then organ waves and fat and flashy pitchbend driven synthesizer work, wow. Halfway a break with a strong build-up, from hypnotizing to bombastic delivering a wonderful organ sound. In the end another howling and fiery guitar solo, in the background soft Fender Rhodes piano and organ runs.

A Chain Of Events (5:42) : High energy with a bombastic up-tempo climate that contains a lush Hammond sound and compelling guitar work, to me it sounds like psychedelic bluesrock. Then an accellaration with sensational synthesizer flights, followed by a heavy guitar solo (evoking Blackmore), it really rocks and the band is now totally in the mood! Finally a slow rhytm with moving guitar, this guy knows how to push the right buttons on the guitar.

Milky Way Incident (13:25) : My absolute highlight! The intro contains spoken words, an ominous atmosphere, then an up- tempo with heavy guitar and thunderous drums, followed by sensational work on synthesizer with pitchbend. Now the music turns into a catchy beat with Jon Lord sounding organ (Made In Japan era), fuelled by powerful bass runs, and followed by a spacey guitar solo with echo. This culminates in an exciting duel between the guitar and synthesizer. Halfway a catchy beat and heavy guitar solo, then spectacular a synthesizer solo, again with pitchbend, fuelled by powerful drum beats. Finally a heavy guitar solo, and thunderous drum beats. If you like the unsurpassed Heavy Prog sound of Made In Japan from Deep Purple, this one is yours, and Aton Five again succeeds to add an own touch to their beloved Seventies sound, wow!

The Endless Desert (17:37) : First spoken words and freaky sounds, then a strong beat in a hypnotizing psychedelic climate, like the Pink Floyd At Pompeii sound, with awesome spacey synthesizers flights, goose bumps, how compelling! Then howling electric guitar with a sultry Arabian flavour, what a captivating sound. This is followed by a spacey synthesizer solo and raw, pretty heavy guitar, an interesting contrast, fuelled by pumping bass and slow beats. Finally a slow rhythm with excellent guitar sound, with powerful bass and drums in a surprising prog metal climate, and ending with a sultry synthesizer solo, so many strong musical ideas, from start to end.

The CD reissue contains the two live bonus tracks Journey (dynamic with lush Hammond and awesome Blackmore inspired guitar play) and Woods Made Of Stone (strong interplay between psychedelic organ and Arabian sounding electric guitar).

I grew up with the legendary hardrock and prog bands from the Seventies, these guys absolutely not but they have paid tribute to those bands in a very exciting and captivating way, highly recommended!

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition. and to Quinino (w/ TenYearsAfter) for the last updates

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