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MASERATI is a band formed in Athens, Georgia, United States in 2000 by Coley Dennis, Matthew Cherry, Steven Scarborough and Phillip Horan. Their music can be seen as a combination of Post-Rock and Psychedelic Rock with elements of Math Rock and Krautrock. They self-released their first EP "37:29:24" in 2001, soon followed by the debut full-lenght "The Language Of Cities" in 2002. They also appeared on several albums and a collaboration with The Mercury Program on their now-defunct Kindercore record label. In 2004 drummer Phillip Horan left the band and was replaced by Jerry Fuchs, member of several bands like !!!, TURING MACHINE and LCD SOUNDSYSTEM. After 3 years of silence they released their first album with their new line-up in 2007 called "Inventions For The New Season". After the recording sessions for "Pyramid Of The Sun", Jerry Fuchs sadly passed away after a tragic accident. The band released the album posthumously on 2010 and is now continuing to play in respect of his creative legacy.

The first era of the band can be described as a period of melting together post rock and math rock in a way similar to that later employed by RUSSIAN CIRCLES (on "37:29:24"), or by achieving the pure classic post rock sound with melancholic guitar build-ups (on "The Language Of Cities"), akin to DO MAKE SAY THINK or EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY. The second era of the band is directly tied to the joining of drummer Jerry Fuchs, which meant a reorientation of the band towards a groovy music based on a perpetual beat of cosmic resonance. The result is a music that band leader Coley Dennis likes to call "danse-psych", and which strongly references OZRIC TENTACLES and early post-rock bands that were also influenced by psychedelic rock and krautrock, such as CUL DE SAC and GANGER.


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3.00 | 2 ratings
The Language of Cities
2002
4.02 | 20 ratings
Inventions For The New Season
2007
3.53 | 7 ratings
Pyramid Of The Sun
2010
3.33 | 6 ratings
VII
2012

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Passages
2009

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0.00 | 0 ratings
37:29:24
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Towers Were Wires / Asymetrical Threats
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
HSR Split
2004
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Inventions Remixes
2008
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The Confines Of Heat
2009
2.00 | 1 ratings
Maserati / Zombi Split
2009

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 Inventions For The New Season by MASERATI album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.02 | 20 ratings

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Inventions For The New Season
Maserati Post Rock/Math rock

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars The second album from this band based in Athens, Georgia (USA) and the first I have heard in full, only hearing a few songs off of other albums. All instrumental and featuring the now deceased drummer Jerry Fuchs. Those who think post-rock can't actually rock need to hear this album. The music is generally upbeat with a steady rhythm section. Some post-punk, almost New Wave influences in the music, as well as a hint of psychedelia. No keyboards but sometimes the guitars play keyboard-like sounds. Recommended to those who want a little 'oomph!' in their post-rock.

There are two similar titled songs: the 4 minute "Kalimera" and the 2 minute "Kalinihta"; these are just guitar soundscapes but the former is more melodic and interesting. Another short track is "This Is A Sight We Had One Day From The High Mountain" which of course has the longest tile on the album. This track sounds very electronic and reminds me of some industrial music. "Inventions" is the longest track and it takes a while to get to where its going. But it's worth it. Fast picked guitars rise out of a staticy beginning. Another distorted guitar plays random chords here and there. Yet another guitar joins the fast picked guitar repeating a few notes; the music is becoming very hypnotic at this point.

The guitar playing gets more melodic as first the hi-hat and then the rest of the drumkit joins in. Eventually the band goes into a nice groove based on a 6 note bassline. Some of the guitars get more spacey and atmospheric at times while another guitar almost solos. Pretty much stays that way until the end. Great track. "12/16" opens with guitar-generated but keyboard-like soundscapes. Then it goes into a typical rhythm section oriented style of post-rock. Later sounds more post-punk/New Wave during the 'chorus' section (there is no choruses in instrumental music, but you get the idea). Ends on more of a 'alternative' rock kind of vibe.

I'm not sure if there is three previous installments of "Synchronicity IV" or not. This begins with a very indie/alternative style of guitar playing. The rhythm section is pretty simple and straight-forward at this point. Then it switches to some kind of Radiohead-meets-post-rock vibe. The music gets more intense as the musicians get louder and looser. Eventually the band calms down a bit and you hear some fast bongo playing. Nice touch. "Show Me The Season" is another longer track and is centered around a busy bassline. Between the fast bass playing and the hard drumming, this track apears to be more heavy than it is. The guitars are generally played in a more typical post-rock manner. The repetition and intense rhythm section makes this track grab your attention and won't let go. Whew!

"The World Outside" starts off in post-punk territory, gradually getting more atmospheric as it goes along. The drumming here really stands out. The other songs I have heard from them sound similar to the songs on this album...just not as good. They may or may not be a one trick pony, but Inventions For The New Season is a pony ride you won't forget. I'll give this 3.5 and round it up to 4 stars.

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 Pyramid Of The Sun by MASERATI album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.53 | 7 ratings

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Pyramid Of The Sun
Maserati Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I must be losing it. I've been listening to this for about a week and even wrote at the top of the page of my review "Space Rock". So I get on here and it's listed under Post-Rock (haha). Oh boy. Anyway I guess according to the bio these Americans are making music that blends Post- Rock, Psychedleic / Space-Rock and Krautrock. They do mention the OZRIC TENTACLES in the bio which I certainly thought of a lot while listening to this. I'm missing the Krautrock part though.

"Who Can Find The Beast ?" has this electronic beat to open then atmosphere floods in around a minute. "Pyramid Of The Sun" has a catchy beat as it becomes fuller and the guitar eventually joins in too. Nice. "We Got the System To Fight The System" opens with guitar but it builds quickly to an uptempo melody. "They'll No More Suffer From Thirst" is again catchy and we get that repetitive beat. The guitar comes and goes.

"Ruins" has a heavy beat with electronics. It starts to slow down 2 1/2 minutes in to the end. "They'll No More Suffer From Hunger" is an uptempo barn-burner. The guitar is ripping it up 4 minutes in. It settles back over the final minute and blends into "Oaxaca". It starts to pick up before a minute. Catchy stuff. "Bye M'friend, Goodbye" has this electronic beat then the guitar comes in after a minute. It's building after 2 minutes then it kicks in to an uptempo soundscape.

3.5 stars for me. I do like this a lot but the music I have of this style like the OZRICS, KORAI OROM, COLORSTAR etc just do it a little better.

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4.02 | 20 ratings

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Inventions For The New Season
Maserati Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
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5 stars Many post-rock groups, in imitation of genre giants such as Godspeed You Black Emperor or Mogwai, tend to play very slow music. Not so Maserati, whose fast-paced guitar-driven post- rock with electronic space rock influences takes the genre in a fascinating new direction. Fast- paced, energetic, and with sufficient psychedelic touches to please any space rock fan, the album kind of resembles what would happen if Ozric Tentacles went post-rock; to that extent, I kind of see it as a counterpart of Hidria Spacefolk's Symetria, which approached a similar concept from roots in a space rock sound (as opposed to Maserati's roots in post-rock). It's a great little album which deserves the attention of a wider audience.

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3.53 | 7 ratings

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Pyramid Of The Sun
Maserati Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars The Edge forms a post-rock band and tries to play Krautrock!

If that sounds totally bananas and much like a mix gone horribly wrong like tuna and coffee - then just hold on a minute... Maserati has been playing a somewhat psychedelic form of instrumental post-rock on their first two outings, and as much as I like them, Ive always felt there was something missing to the equation. Enter Steve Moore from progressive electronic band Zombi, - and suddenly this mother load of swaying guitars and never-ending crescendos (that usually sticks to the genre like flies on candy) - seems ready for flight.

Steve Moore relies mostly on vintage sounds, but he has a sneaky way of updating them - covering them up in a way, so that, which easily could be something retro and all too familiar, turns into a very modern take on the Berliner school of electronics. Combined with the Maserati sound of crunching rocking textures this album sounds unlike anything Ive heard from the scene before.

The first song starts out with an electronic aural like feel to it and then quickly forms into the most U2 like track on the album. The tapping melodic guitar, although slightly more distorted than what you would normally associate with the Edge, - in addition the bass trots along very much like Clayton does and even the drums starts out with the signature Mullen beat. Then why does this music sound nothing like U2 you might ask? To tell you the truth, I have no idea - but this sure is a tasty combo.

My absolute favorite track on this is Oaxaca, which just by its name sends my upstairs compartment flying off to Mexico and the Incas. It has a Heldon vibe to it - the album Stand By to be more exact. This was Heldons most accessible work, and the synths here on Oaxaca reflect very much that particular way of knitting themselves in between the beats - thereby creating a beat and underlying current of a nearly reachable melody. Again - combined with the rest of the band, things really starts to get exciting and bubbly.

This album, whilst still retaining its post-rock past, manages to be very relaxing in most places. There is virtually no emphasis on solos whatsoever, but all the more focus on dynamics and creating a sonic venture that is apart from most other artists featured in these parts of the woods.

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 Inventions For The New Season by MASERATI album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.02 | 20 ratings

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Inventions For The New Season
Maserati Post Rock/Math rock

Review by js (Easy Money)
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4 stars Maserati might be the post-rock band for those that don't particularly like post rock. Much of Maserati's broader appeal comes from the fact that they feature a much stronger and more upbeat rhythm section than your average post- rock band. Also, the guys in Maserati write really great melodies and arrangements for their thick textured psychedelic guitar sound. It also helps that their pacing is not quite as excruciatingly slow as other bands in their genre.

Although post-rock is a relatively new genre I can still hear a lot of rock music history in Maserati's music. Eno seems to be a big influence, as well as some people Eno worked with, especially Phil Manzenera and David Byrne. Some Maserati song sections are a dead ringer for late 70s Talking Heads with their interlocking minamalistic guitar riffs that become more hypnotic as they are fed through echo effects. Also there are some similarities to Steve Hillage's guitar driven techno rock in System 7, and Bill Laswell and Nicky Skopeletis' rock/world beat recordings in the late 80s and 90s. The Laswell similarity is due to Maserati's deep dub like bass sound which helps give the band more sonic power. In fact the deep bass and minamalist guitars also recall early PIL, but with way better production and no 'rotten' vocals.

Poised to be more than just post-rock, Maserati stands above the crowd and delivers very moving and emotional songs with the power of a heavy rock band and the deep sound of a psychedelic dub mix.

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Review by Moatilliatta
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4 stars Though their name may invoke thoughts of speed, or flair, and it wouldn't be a stretch to say that this is good driving music, Maserati is actually a post-rock band in the vein of Explosions on the Sky, just with more vigor. The tempos, the riffs, the minimalistic approach - that's all the same. The difference between Maserati and the aforementioned post-rock giant, is in the arrangement. Explosions in the Sky are known for their lush atmospheres and loud/soft dynamics. Maserati's strength is in their rhythm. Keeping the tempos at a moderate pace for the most part, the drums lay down a punchy beat, and the bass is given a more prominent place in the mix, which allows for a more groove-driven backbone. In "Synchronicity IV," we are even treated to an auxiliary percussion addition to conclude the song. Then there is also "Show Me the Season," where they keep up a fast 12/8 beat for its 9-minutes while the guitars oscillate between distorted and clean segments. This is where the band sets themselves apart from their contemporaries. There is a seperate but equal treatment of the guitars, bass, and drums, if you will. There are still plenty of post-rock trademarks here - powerful climaxes, pretty guitars with delay effects, and the whole lot - but they band manages to do enough to avoid being part of an evergrowing snowball of run-of-the-mill post-rock bands. Imagine one of those snowballs that rolls down a mountain and gets continually bigger as it rolls down the hill and collects more snow, and then Maserati is standing (or snowboarding, even skiing if you prefer) on the side of it, a bit close, but not too close, as they watch the ball go past them. That is an impromptu metaphor of what is going on in post-rock these days, and where Maserati stands in all of it.

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 Inventions For The New Season by MASERATI album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.02 | 20 ratings

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Inventions For The New Season
Maserati Post Rock/Math rock

Review by chamberry
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3 stars Putting the Rock in Post-Rock.

Maserati is one of my first post-rock discoveries of this year (if not my first). They aren't bringing anything new to the table with this release, but they do take a different approach in making their music. With the addition of Jerry Fuchs (member of !!! and Turing Machine) on drums the band took a more rhythmic formula on this album instead of the casual soft / loud dynamics and this is where Maserati shines.

The band's can be seen as somewhat minimalist in nature and that has to be thanks to Jerry Fuch's drumming. He reminds me alot to Can's drummer, Jaki Liebezeit, but in modern times. I like to think that he's the leading force in the band's music and it feels that way in songs like "Inventions" and "Show Me The Season". It's also nice to see post-rock bands using the drummer in equal value as the other instruments and it does make Maserati's sound rockier than your average guitar-dominated post-rock band. Maserati's sound is also in the borders of the space rock genre thanks to the echo effects of the guitars and the One-Of-These-Days bass lines. The minimalist aspect of their music also reminds me to that of Neu!, but slightly faster. The guitarists, Coley and Matt, are great at their punchy-yet-emotional guitar playing.

Personally I feel that the band has much more to offer. I often feel that they didn't tried hard enough in some of the songs on the album. The drumming is the best part of the album and it's the main thing that keeps me coming for more. The best songs on the album are easily "Show Me The Season" and "Inventions" with their rocky feel. I would've liked to see more of those type of songs in the album instead of songs like "Kalimera" or "Kalinihta" which sound more like leftovers (as sad is it may sound).

The band has potential, but they need a bit more focus. Great band to rock to, though.

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 Inventions For The New Season by MASERATI album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.02 | 20 ratings

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Inventions For The New Season
Maserati Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Equality 7-2521

4 stars Post-Rock with a bit of a different flavor.

On this album, Maserati take your Explosions In The Sky brand of post-rock, darken it, and throw in a spacey psych sound that really gives them a rather unique voice. The album really has a great purposive, almost dance-like feel to it. This mostly occurs due to the album's strong throbbing bass presence. I often feel the bass is overlooked in many post-rock bands, and its great to hear it with a standout role in the genre.

Many complain that post-rock often sounds too samey. I think Maserati deal appropriately with that problem as I never get that feeling while listening, even if the band does pretty much stick with its formula throughout the album. I really enjoy this album and it's one of the finest I've heard from the year. There's nothing revolutionary here or incredibly different I suppose, but it's certainly enjoyable from beginning to end.

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 Inventions For The New Season by MASERATI album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.02 | 20 ratings

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Inventions For The New Season
Maserati Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Slartibartfast
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4 stars My introduction to this group was a sampler CD that came with Explosions in the Sky's 2007 release. Maserati hasn't been terribly prolific since their founding in 2000, so I was rather annoyed that the album the song was from hadn't even been released yet, but I was really glad when it finally came out. It was worth the wait.

As I am just starting to get my head around the post-rock thing, I suppose that term describes this music the best. The album cover art probably describes the music better than I can in words. Musically I guess you can make comparisons to '70's Tangerine Dream stuff with guitars instead of keyboards, a little Pink Floydian too, a more guitar oriented Djam Karet, arrgh words really don't work to describe this music. It's just excellent guitar oriented progressive instrumental music.

At the risk of becoming hooked yourself, you can explore the band's website for samples. Fans of Explosions in the Sky should definitely check these guys out.

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