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Formed in Astrakhan, South Russia in 2003

VESPERO got together as a quartet (Arkady Fedotov - vocals, bass, flute, synths; Valentin Rulev - violin, synths; Ivan Fedotov - drums, percussion; Alexander Kuzovlev - guitar, bass, synths) in Astrakhan (south of Russia) 2003 on the common interest in playing psychedelic music. Later Natalya Tjurina (vocals) joined, and the band moved into more progressive rock-related areas.

As their Moscow fellows KAFTAN SMEKHA, VESPERO are deeply influenced by avant theatre and experimental poetry. Since the very first demos their sound has been influenced by GONG, early FLOYD, FAUST and related bands from that era. Highly recommended for all fans of these (and beyond!).

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Kraby na Beregu
2006
3.83 | 64 ratings
Rito
2007
4.05 | 94 ratings
Surpassing All Kings
2009
4.11 | 166 ratings
By The Waters Of Tomorrow
2010
3.93 | 102 ratings
Subkraut - U-Boats Willkommen Hier
2012
3.92 | 69 ratings
Droga
2013
3.64 | 56 ratings
Fitful Slumber Until 5 A.M.
2015
3.83 | 86 ratings
Lique Mekwas
2016
4.00 | 38 ratings
Shum-Shir
2017
3.99 | 87 ratings
聲gel Ontalva & Vespero: Carta Marina
2018
3.94 | 65 ratings
Hollow Moon
2018

VESPERO Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.10 | 23 ratings
Foam
2008
3.98 | 24 ratings
Liventure #19
2008
4.13 | 26 ratings
Liventure #21
2010
4.69 | 16 ratings
Liventures, etc
2013
4.50 | 10 ratings
Cello Liventures (In Memory Of Vladimir Belov)
2014
4.44 | 9 ratings
Azmari: Abyssanian Liventure
2016
4.80 | 5 ratings
Sea Orm Liventure
2018

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4.73 | 11 ratings
Liventures 2008-2010
2011

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4.22 | 8 ratings
Careful With That Axe, Eugene
2013
5.00 | 2 ratings
Amaryllis / What Are You Thinking About? (with Roz Vitalis)
2018

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 Hollow Moon by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.94 | 65 ratings

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Hollow Moon
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars Vespero are Ivan Fedotov drums, percussion, сachon, wave drum, Arkady Fedotov bass, synth, noises, Alexander Kuzovlev guitars, mandoline, Alexey Klabukov keys, synths, Vitaly Borodin violin, accordion, piano, synth with Pavel Alekseev tenor saxophone. The sound they generate is nothing short of inspired mayhem with textures of space rock floating throughout. The time sigs are chaotic, the musicianship is innovative and every track differs from the next in style and substance. There are flavours of King Crimson, Hawkwind and The Ozric Tentacles combined.

I am not going to pull out any specific track on Hollow Moon as the instrumental album as a whole has a transfixing power that just flows from track to track as a composition. I love the spaciness of the atmosphere and the way that various instruments chime in and out of the wall of sound. There are some outstanding passages of music that are sublime.

There are lead breaks to savour with wah wah pedal and effects, occasional keyboards and weird spacey effects. there are haunting piano motifs and an odd percussion meter played with astonishing, engaging effect. The drumming on this album are played with an incredible ferocity, on another level from your average drummer.

Hollow Moon is dominated by lead guitars with gorgeous saxophone and the violin thrown in for good measure. There are quirky time changes that would keep any respectable metronome swinging wildly.

The overall album is a spaced out psychedelic journey of innovation and unusual soundscapes. It certainly grows on the listener as the more I heard it the more I was entranced by the mesmerising music. An outstanding Psych Prog album keeping the Space Rock lamp burning.

 Hollow Moon by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.94 | 65 ratings

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Hollow Moon
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars You've got to credit the Fedotov brothers and company: they keep coming, they keep evolving, and they are great musicians. Must be some good stuff in the waters of Astrakhan!

1. "Watching The Moon Rise" (3:36) an unusual item for this band: an atmospheric, spacey intro! Nice though there is nothing very new or exciting here. (7.5/10)

2. "Flight Of The Lieutenant" (8:28) I hate the rhythmic foundation chosen for the first minute of this song. It changes slightly to start the second minute while guitar, violin, and synth do some pretty cool things but then that super annoying drum beat and machine gun bass playing returns intermittently. The third minute gets more interesting as the drumming begins to play more within the spirit of jam band improv that the rest of the band are using. Thinkgs slow down into a near-Rasta rhythm pattern in the fourth minute as heavily-treated funked-up bass is given some solo time. When the music returns to the breakneck pace of the opening sections there are some very cool violin and sax solos with all kinds of interesting stuff coming in from the peripheral instruments! At 6:30 there is return to the slow-down section for some cool guitar work. The tommy gun bass and return for an all-out race to the finish for the final minute. Wow! (17.5/20)

3. "Sublunarian" (7:56) opens with a cool multiple acoustic guitar finger-picking weave before bowed cello, double bass and congas join in. The melody of the bridge has a bit of a "Classical Gas" feel to it. At the two minute mark the song shifts into an early Jean-Luc Ponty sound and feel--gorgeous. This is a side of Vespero I've never heard before-- a jazz fusion side. I love it! The mid-song interlude for the slow synth-saw solo is a little prolonged and distracting, but then some almost-trip-hoppy drums enter to perk things up while a sax wails away. The final minute is a bit disappointing as all of the energy from the start and previous acoustic weaves are removed and an unexciting solo plays out. Still, this is a top three song for me. (18.25/20)

4. "Moon -Trovants" (8:39) Another interesting weave kicks in straight out of the starting block with synth master Arkady Fedotov having fun with his signature noises. A King Crimson "Discipline" weave establishes itself while a heavily treated violin solos. The violin's three note arpeggi used within the support weave thereafter become a little annoying as I think they are mixed a little too loudly into the soundscape. The bare bones fabric of the sixth minute unfortunately destroys some of the momentum and engagement established in the first five minutes. A little too staccato and repetitive--but I get it from the point of view of a band's exercise in discipline. Luckily it fills in again in the eighth minute so electric guitar and then sax can solo. (16.5/20)

5. "Mare Ingenii" (3:19) sounds like an outtake from an early 1980s Bruce Cockburn studio jam session with Hugh Marsh's electric violin, Bruce or Hugh's mandolin and Fergus Marsh's bass/ChapmanStick. (7.5/10)

6. "Feast Of Selenites" (11:05) opens with two minutes of playful experimentation with weaving muted string instrument pickings. At the three minute mark the structure becomes heavier--the rhythm section falling into a Mahavishnu Orchestra like groove while searing electric guitar, chunky bass, and violin take turns in lead and supporting roles. At 5:00 the rhythm structure again shifts, this time into a groove much more familiar from previous Krautrock-influenced Vespero albums. Within the next two minutes there are more subtle yet distinct stylistic shifts over which violin and synths take turns managing the leads. I like this song for its interesting twists and and turns and strong melodies while also wish a few of the sections could have been returned to or explored further than they were. The final minute sees a return to the Mahavishnu jazz fusion theme in a bit of a slowed down, watered down way--though the lead guitarists work is really fun. Another top three song for me. (18/20)

7. "Watershed Point" (2:01) another space interlude performed by synths and strings (synth strings?) Prettier than the album's opener but cut short. (4.5/5)

8. "Tardigrada's Milk" (7:12) another attempt at an acoustic-based jazz fusion piece, this one using more familiar Vespero melodies for the first two minutes. It opens with an acoustic guitar-led melodic "hook" that just doesn't work for me. Sounds like LOST WORLD BAND's Andy Didorenko's guitar! The Hugh Marsh-like violin work is nice. The third minute sees a rather radical shift into carnivalesque music laden with Arkady's frequent synth ejaculations. The fourth minute opens with a complete breakdown of all musical accompaniment while an accordion/harmonium-like instrument takes on as the sole companion to Arkady's synth spews. The end of the fifth minute sees a breakout into a kind of folk jam with chunky bass the only instrument that would not fit into a great MIKE OLDFIELD weave. This is actually quite a remarkable Oldfield imitation! Great song despite being a bit disjointed. My third top three song. (9/10)

9. "Space Clipper's Wreckage" (8:39) more attention grabbing but ultimately annoying drum work. The STEVE HILLAGE imitation guitar wanderings in the third minute are spot on and awesome but then the band decides to shift into some kind of blues rock territory. NO! I was so liking the GONG work! The countrified drum sound and beat is really bothering me. Luckily there is a break in the fifth minute--a weird GOBLIN-PULSAR type of piano-based wonky-bass and Arkady frenzy-fest. At 5:48 this explodes into a kind of MAGMA/KING CRIMSON heavyiness over which Alexander Kuzovlov's obvious "Ship of Fools"-like Robert Fripp work wails emotionally. This is cast aside at the seven minute mark for a rollicking punk-rock-ish section over which sax wails which is then replaced for a return to one of the earlier themes for a frenzied dance of frenetic cacophony exiting for a slow barebones piano arpiggi ending. Whew! What a ride! (17.5/20)

10. "Watching The Earth Rise" (3:26) is the album's final ambient space exploratory--this time using treated accordion, synths, and violin. (8/10)

Four stars; an excellent addition to any prog lover's music collection. Though I really enjoy the adventurous spirit Vespero has displayed on this album--an album that is, in fact, quite different from their previous work precisely for this diversity--this is is the album that has made me decide to say that I have not enjoyed the progression of drummer Ivan Fedatov's stylistic choices nor do I enjoy the sound engineering choices the band has made for recording/presenting the kit drums. In my opinion, the Vespero drums are to often at odds or even detrimental to the cohesiveness of the songs. And I say this with great disappointment as Ivan's drumming and drumming potential were the first thing about this band that drew me in and one of the things that have kept me coming back for ten years now.

 Hollow Moon by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.94 | 65 ratings

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Hollow Moon
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars All I Can Do Is Watch The Earth Rise Every Lunar Night ...

As already known probably, when it comes to the band VESPERO, there's usual practice to deliver concept albums which are picking up arcane themes from the human history in a wider sense. While leaving the Abyssinian Tales trilogy behind with bravura, 'Hollow Moon' then goes for a new dare. Maybe one can say dealing with hypotheses by early scientists and sci-fi authors about the moon's condition as such, and, of course also, how to get there possibly. And that surprisingly even goes back to the 17th century! Just to mention Edmond Halley, or Francis Godwin, who published the novel 'The Man In The Moone', considered to be one of the first works of science fiction ever.

This story is describing a space travel via special flying machine. No, apparently not Apollo 11, because pulled by wild swans as a contemporary choice. The album's front illustration though is showing an alternatively dated means of transport. Somewhat pointing to the H. G. Wells times, reminding me of that Yellow Submarine The Beatles once were using for their album. Nice picture in any case. The band line up remains, is stable over the recent years. Always sharing a jazzy note, guest saxophone player Pavel Alekseev already appeared on several previous albums. First of all, if you should dare to expect some old wine in new skins in the light of nearly 20 released albums in the meanwhile ... well, even music-wise the VESPERO crew define new goals. In the same way like fullfilling their recent mission alongside with Angel Ontalva.

This means nothing more than that they still are refining their uniqueness. Great respect in advance! If you don't step forward, you'll go backwards. Hence, during the album making-of, it was their challenge, but now it's ours, yeah! This is not easy to assimilate, take your time. The more I'm listening it comes more sophisticated. Based on a space rock fundament a step further towards an eclectic approach. Song writing clearly dominates as opposed to some possible jamming character with open end. Consequently there is a wide range of impressions to state. Exemplarily let me point out the clever excerpt Sublunarian. Here we will experience a classical touch in the beginning, due to strings and Vitaly Borodin's violin coming to the point.

Furthermore there is a curious percussion drive to state in some way. Kuzovlev's mandolin playing sounds a bit Ontalva inspired. Flight Of The Lieutenant appears to be a virtuoso affair par excellence, entertaining from the first to the last minute. When the album turns into an ambient respectively melancholic vibe, like on the beautiful Mare Ingenii for instance, I'm feeling great yearning coming up. Equipped with groovy passages Feast Of Selenites seems to be the centerpiece currently. The compelling Tardigrada's Milk evolves into a more folk and world music direction. You see, there's very much to explore, thus it's worth it to eagerly escort them towards the moon (and back).

 聲gel Ontalva & Vespero: Carta Marina by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.99 | 87 ratings

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聲gel Ontalva & Vespero: Carta Marina
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars The addition of guitarist 聲gel Ontalva elevates Vespero out of its rut of competent familiarity back into the level of bands worthy of the end of year Album of the Year conversations. The music is similar but Ontalva adds an exciting new aspect: a frontman. Ontalva plays the electric guitar with the tone and attack of Carlos Santana with the finger dexterity of Robert Fripp and the fretboard deftness of Allan Holdsworth. And his acoustic guitar play is even better.

1. "Carta Marina" (12:13) Angel uses a late-era JOHN McLAUGHLIN-like doubled-up synth guitar sound while the Vespero gang slowly build a hypnotic groove. Whereas I was quite intrigued and excited by drummer Ivan Fedotov's sound and style in their first studio album, By The Waters of Tomorrow, I have come to the conclusion that he is no Jaki Liebezeit: he too often stands out, above, or outside of the rock solid rhythmic groove that the song is trying to maintain. Ontalva's work is stellar, often melodic, and often effectively mirrored by violinist Vitaly Borodin. In fact, Borodin is perhaps made better by the challenge of having to keep up with the likes of a virtuoso like Ontalva. The styles 聲gel transitions among, so fluidly, are jaw-dropping. One second he's Wes Montgomery, and then suddenly he's Holdsworth or Fripp (or something above and beyond). (9/10)

2. "Sea Orm" (7:35) playing with a very fluid, unstable pitch locator (or heavy reliance on whammy bar), Ontalva makes us feel the sea sickness of being on the water with his lead guitar. A Caribbean, almost-calypso rhythm pattern holds strong for the first 3:35 before everything shifts to an entirely different albeit still Latin-shaped foundation while 聲gel and keyboardist Alexey Klabukov take turns in the lead position. (8.5/10)

3. "Giant Lobster Between The Orkneys And The Hebrides" (6:48) lazy Holdsworth-like electric leads alternating with Spanish influenced acoustic and electric guitar work accompany a slow, barely noticeable intensification of tension which then almost anti-climactically dissipates down the drain. (8/10)

4. "Insula Magnetica" (8:51) droning background to 聲gel's note-bending soloing--which is eventually matched and mirrored by Borodin on violin. More like soundtrack music. Ivan's drumming is pure brushwork and much beneath the bass synths and lead strings' weaves. Very SHAKTI-like. (8.5/10)

5. "Sledges Crossing The Gulf Of Bothnia" (6:45) opening with an acoustic orientation, this song gets me right from the start. Borodin and Kuzovlov are at their very best as they are challenged by the presence of master Ontalvo! And this is drummer Fedotov's best track (his play is mixed perfectly within the guitars/violins). And 聲gel soars! My favorite song on the album. Plus, the minimalist-math rock structure reminds me of Swiss band SONAR. (9.5/10)

6. "Horrenda Charybdis Near Lofoten" (8:09) opens like I'm about to hear guitar virtuoso Roy Buchanan burst forth with Mitch Mitchell in support! But then it smooths out into typical Kosmische form and sound while 聲gel leads from within the mix. Awesome guitar solo in the fourth minute; 聲gel Ontalva is so inventive, so quick yet fluid and mercurial! Borodin follows with a nice solo offset by some interesting keyboard sound and arpeggi. (The drumming here is rather annoying.) More great soloing from Ontalva before we switch into wind down/wrap it up mode. My second favorite song on the album. (9.5/10)

7. "Ziphius" (10:04) what starts as if it's going to be a classic blues-rock guitar showpiece becomes pure Kosmische Music by the end of the first minute. In the fourth minute, as Borodin and his seering violin join in, the song shifts into a steady four-chord rock pace. This time it seems as if Borodin has finally topped the challenger, Ontalva, and, as the song slows down and stops at 5:25, the two are left screeching what sound like their dying notes. But then the rhythm section flashes back to life with Fedotov flexing and stretching a little while the pace and energy build. (9/10)

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music.

 聲gel Ontalva & Vespero: Carta Marina by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2018
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聲gel Ontalva & Vespero: Carta Marina
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars 'Carta Marina' is a collaboration of multi-talented artist Angel ONTALVA from Spain and Russian band VESPERO. Hopefully not the last, I would like to add straightaway. 2017 they came in touch in Astrakhan, the band's homebase, due to an exhibition of his paintings there. They also managed to play together for about a week. Soon after that Ontalva started to compose pieces of music, the Vespero members had to take care of the arrangements furthermore. That's it, here we go! The main inspiration for the process came from the eponymous map first published in 1539, which shows the nordic Scandinavian countries, this decorated with strange creatures and a bunch of other interesting details.

Thus I would have expected just an image of this map as the front cover. But, due to copyright restrictions, finally the used painting went to be another one, contributed by Ontalva. Now obviously, music-wise the project is trying to accomplish a symbiosis of an avantgarde respectively fusion oriented guitarist and some experimental space prog rockers. Well, no problem at all! This 60 minute affair is fundamented by an extraordinary chemistry regarding those musicians. Eclectic from the result, equipped with complex structure. Therefore the music is extra difficult to describe with words. You definitely must hear this, let it have a lasting effect please.

Very special, we have two guitarists in place, immediately to recognize when starting with the album's title track. Ontalva and Kuzovlev both are stylistically differing for sure, nevertheless complementing in excellent manner throughout. And Vitaly Borodin's violin comes on top. The title song evolves like ebb and flow featuring jazzy fast-paced parts in between, a real challenge for rhythm brothers Arkady and Ivan Fedotov. Insula Magnetica then marks an appealing meandering space tune, where keyboarder Alexey Klabukov is carefully juggling with quirky and twittering synths.

Extra applause for the inspired atmosphere on Sledges Crossing The Gulf Of Bothnia, a wonderful mandolin is serving some proper ethno feeling. Could be designated as a soundtrack for a movie showing people underway along the coast on the widespread frozen ice in wintertime. I would prefer it in the native way anyhow, via reindeer-driven sledge. But the band ultimately gains pace up into a somewhat wild and nervous groove, so even the modern snowmobile could be an alternative for one or two. Constantly stunning, 'Carta Marina' is an album strongly recommended! I'm sure all involved musicians will have extended their musical horizon during the recording process. 4.5 stars so far.

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聲gel Ontalva & Vespero: Carta Marina
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by GruvanDahlman
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

5 stars What excites me most about progressive rock is when a band or artist takes inspiration from the past or from litterature. I would love if someone, somewhere could bring Richard III and the battle of Bosworth to life through the medium of keyboard heavy prog. But to be sure, that is not the point of this review, airing my personal hopes and dreams. Let me retrace my steps a bit.

Being a history buff and a sucker for historic maps i can't help but being blown away by this album. I have heard of Vespero but cannot say I have listened to them. That is not to say that there hasn't been an interest to do so from my part, au contraire. But when this album landed in my phone I could not resist it. I felt as though I were a child in a candy store. Here is an album that takes it's inspiration from the old Carta Marina, essentially the oldest reasonably correct depicted map of northern Europe. Nigh on 500 years it was created by the famous cartographer (among other activities) swede Olaus Magnus. It is a beautiful map and one of my all time favorites. Thus it is safe to say that my expectations were quite high. Could this be pulled off or would it sink to the bottom of the Baltic ocean like stone dropped from a lepers hand. (I don't know what that has to do with anything, leper or not the stone is the key.)

The opening "Carta Marina" must be the perfect music to accompany you on a time travel back to the 16th century. The extremely atmosperic intro with soaring guitar and sweeping keyboards is simply marvelous. I'm going now, right back to the study of Olaus Magnus. That is the feeling I get. Halfway in the music really takes off and dense complex instrumentation takes me through the whole of the Carta Marina, as if I was flying across it. There I see the creatures of the sea, the monstrosities that dwells in the deep and the waves that transports my ship to the mysteries of old Iceland. If that is not musical brilliance, to transport me to being a part of the map I do not know what is.

And it goes on in this fashion the album through. "Sea orm" is amazing. On the map you can see the sea snake attacking a ship, pulling it down with him. The music is dramatic and the keyboards really do catch the horror of it all. "Giant lobster between the Orkneys and the Hebrides" is equally mindblowing, as is "Insula magnetica". The mysterious music finds me at the stern of my ship, watching that giant lobster go down into the darkness and unfathomable sea.

And now, for something more playful and mundane activities. "Sledges crossing the gulf of Botnia" is a wonderful track. So beautiful with the playful mandolin. The sledges, drawn by reindeers, snow in my face, laughter and creaking ice. The winter sun of the north. The speed of the sleighride, snow falling on my face. I am there, in that sledge. And now we're racing, the violin and keyboards blurrs my vision. All I care about is the ride itself. One of my favorite pieces.

"Horrenda charybdis near Lofoten" is a dramatic track with horror and beauty all intertwined. I love the rounded notes of the distorted guitar but the violin is breathtaking. The ending "Ziphius" is the most hard and heavy of the tracks. And chaotic, yet there's order. The ziphius being a whale, reaching up to seven metres in length, this track sees me watching from the distance how the creature heads for the surface of the ocean before slowly descending. Majestic track and a perfect way to end a journey through the times and space of the Carta Marina.

I have spent the past few hours really listening to this album. Going back. Going forth. Listened again. Closing my eyes and really allow myself to be overwhelmed by what I hear. This is overwhelming music. Mindblowing music. Brilliant music. When concept and music marries in this way there is really nothing that soothes my soul in the same way. This is a truly breathtaking album, a breathtaking journey and a breathtaking listen. I love it. I really do. I find no faults. Splendid instrumentation and execution. And if I feel this way after just a few hours, how much more will I find after weeks of listening? I dare say more. I can't rate it higher than five stars but that is the only thinkable rating for me. Thank you, Vespero and Angel Ontalvo.

 Shum-Shir by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 38 ratings

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Shum-Shir
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Originally released digitally and on vinyl in 2017, this has now also been released on CD with some additional songs. This is the eighth full-length studio album by Russian band Vespero, and is the second in the 'Abyssinian Tales' series, following on from 2016's 'Lique Mekwas'. Apparently, 'shum-shir" is an ancient Ethiopian ceremony where every ten years the tribal elders and shamans would choose a new Nəgus' (King) for the entire tribe. This took the form of imbibing various drugs and dancing all night, and in the morning they would make the pronouncement. I continue to be impressed with the music coming out of Russia, and these guys are somewhat of a surprise to me as I felt I was fairly well informed, yet they have been around since 2003 and it is the first time I have come across them.

They are an instrumental outfit, with more than a hint of Ozric Tentacles about them, but the violin is more important than woodwind, and percussion more important than either. This is space rock, but they have also taken on many influences from world music and fusion, with the result being an album that is incredibly impressive and inviting, while also not conforming necessarily to what people may expect from the Russian music scene. I just continue to be impressed with the quality and variety of the music coming out from that particular part of the world, and this is yet another unknown (at least to me) outfit that demands further close inspection. Psychedelic, progressive, meandering yet with direction, this is an album that fans of bands such as Ozrics or Gong should be seeking out.

 Shum-Shir by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 38 ratings

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Shum-Shir
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mitarai_panda

4 stars Vespero is also a very important band in the psychedelic community (at least I think so), from Russia, the music has early pf, faust and gong's style, can be quite demon wonder. This year's new album "Shum-Shir" can be said so, the opening of the psychedelic atmosphere reminiscent of OZRIC TENTACLES, but the band's iconic violin immediately join, a lot of color. The concept of the album seems to be tribal carnival (cover so), so you can hear many of the original atmosphere of percussion and drums, murmurs in the first song is very psychedelic taste. The second song's violin is still good, the third song's bass performance is a highlight, but unfortunately the album is too short, only five songs 40 minutes, the last two songs some of the things before the repeat. I still prefer their last album, more mature atmosphere and mellow, but also more memorable classic melody. But in short is a solid four-star, looking forward to their more works (if we can be more strange, even better haha).
 Surpassing All Kings by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.05 | 94 ratings

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Surpassing All Kings
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Russian space rock cosmonauts offer up their second studio album in the form of Surpassing All Kings, which incorporates aspects of trance-inducing zeuhl and krautrock repetition to offer an offbeat musical journey. Natalya Tujrina offers a grand vocal performance and Arkady Fedotov's contributions on bass and synthesiser guide the bands through territories ranging from cosmic krautrock to jazz. The various compositions by and large are crammed with ideas, never outstaying their welcome even when they extend to over 10 minutes. With an energetic, twitchy atmosphere, Surpassing All Kings ties a rocket onto Vespero's sound and launches it into the stratosphere, taking it to new heights.
 By The Waters Of Tomorrow by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.11 | 166 ratings

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By The Waters Of Tomorrow
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A magnificent album of what I think of as "chamber space rock" from Russian collective Vespero, By the Waters of Tomorrow features a combination of krautrock-influenced electronics and post-rock drawing on a chamber orchestra style (check out dat cello!) which keeps the album lively and the listener guessing throughout. The oceanic theme, perhaps inspired by the band's home town's proximity to the Black Sea, reaches its peak on Seagulls Sing (When it Rains), a fabulously evocative bit of atmospheric rock which shows that the band have a command of delicate nuance to match their obvious technical chops. All very good stuff indeed.
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