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MOONWAGON are a progressive rock quartet from the westcoast of Finland. The band was founded in 2008 where every member had a colourful history playing in different kind of bands and musical projects before that. During recent years they were busy playing live as well as composing and recording music for their debut album, which is also mixed and produced by themselves. On 'Night Dust' they point to the good old 1970s, offer music with variety, comprising melody and heaviness, basically provided with strong psych/space hints though in the vein of Hidria Spacefolk and Hypnos 69.

Finally in 2011 MOONWAGON signed a distribution deal with Finnish label Running Moose Productions/Presence Records. Material for the second album is almost ready where recordings are scheduled to start in summer 2011.

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3.87 | 29 ratings
Night Dust
2010
3.96 | 27 ratings
Foyers Of The Future
2012

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 Foyers Of The Future by MOONWAGON album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 27 ratings

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Foyers Of The Future
Moonwagon Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars Excellent instrumental progressive spacerock.

All the elements are present for a full hour off tripping progmusic.

Nice, melodic keyboards, aswell as guitarwork, thundering drums, constant changing rhythmpatterns and good compositions.

The bass is really loud and takes a leading role in a lot of songs. It reminds me of Anekdoten and Hawkwind. The music itself sounds like Ozrics and Hidria Spacefolk but Moonwagon rocks harder.

Extra flavours are added via use of accordeon, acoustic guitar, organ, percussion. Moonwagon is a real adventurous musical group and takes the listener on a journey through a strange planet.

I don't know about other albums by this band, but I will definately search for them.

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 Foyers Of The Future by MOONWAGON album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Foyers Of The Future
Moonwagon Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars This second album is my recent introduction to the Finnish instrumental band Moonwagon. Better late... My first impression is very positive. The 8-minute opener 'Elsewhere' starts interestingly in a way that doesn't immediately reveal the nature of the music. First you hear just drums, then the others join in turns: acoustic guitar, bass, piano. If you listened to this in a blindfold test, you could expect a vocalist enter too and think that it's either a singer-songwriter or [mainstream] pop album. Litte by little the music grows and some space rock elements come closer, but the track avoids categorization and is just generally enjoyable mid-tempo instrumental art rock. 'New World Warrior' is more hectic, and is actually in a constant progress. Soundscape does have a psychedelic edge, but for the most part it feels closer to an instrumental section on some Flower Kings epic than e.g. Hawkwind. I say this in a positive sense. 'Dawnwnd' soars even more effectively.

At this point I'm already impressed by the band's wide range in playing. For example Ami Hassinen's keyboards use influences from vintage prog such as Genesis as well as from the so called space rock tradition. Further tracks only make this feeling stronger, concerning the whole quartet. Joni Tiala is equally many-sided as guitarist, and the rhythm section of Janne Ylikorpi and Jani Korpi keeps everything in good balance. I wouldn't only call this excellent space rock, this is (at least nearly) excellent prog, period. The band have a voice of their own, and the spacey and earthly elements are in nice harmony. When the tracks grow longer, they are not extended just for the sake of it, but because there is a lot of happening in the music.

There's no any lack of coherence or creative team spirit, I mean that each single musical ingredient, no matter how virtuotic, works perfectly for the whole, which remains quite interesting all the way. (For progressive rock with vocals it is no doubt easier to keep the listener excited, not to mention forming album concepts.) It wasn't very far for me to give five stars, but maybe there are no absolutely special, cathartic mindblowers full of magic. Instead we have here a strong 62-minute album with no fillers around. Warmly recommended!

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 Night Dust by MOONWAGON album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.87 | 29 ratings

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Night Dust
Moonwagon Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Moonwagon's debut album is a real eye opener, not since Italy's one shot 1999 wonder Sunscape (a true galactic classic) have I been so impressed by a new player on the astro- prog front! These Finns got together at a festival and decided to unleash this 'enterprise' on us space cadets. A delirious selection of exotic space rock compositions, coxswained by that most ubiquitous instrument for galactic roaming, the bass guitar! Expertly wielded by Janne Ylikorpi , the low end rudder is more intricate than say classic Hawkwind (who prefer a more brutal , steam-roller onslaught) or the hippy-trippy lunacy of the trilogy-era Gong.

The opener is an out and out classic 'Hoodoo Horizons' just pulsates like there is no today or tomorrow while relying on incredibly raunchy riffs, bruising rhythm patterns sounding like a very heavy Pink Floyd! 'We have ignition!' Easily one of my favorite space prog tracks ever! Lancinating synth blows, stringent guitars pummel without any mercy, razor sharp and anvil hard! Sizzling synth vibrates wildly and when the sublime kicks in, oh my my! Ylikorpi just dazzles with multiple tortuous runs that defy gravity. Guitarist Tiala slices through with shivering fluidity. Drums only further force the issue. I mean, this is just diabolical! Wow! The band has the typical Finn audacity to delve into a return to 1969 era Santana, complete with Gregg Rollie-like organs ablaze, just as hard as Mike Shrieve drumming on the ceremonious 'Highway to Orange Desert'. The guys just have fun, reproducing a sound that was glorious then and still is now, a Latino-influenced prog piece that is delicious and clever. Please focus on the rather precise instrumental prowess on display. Keyboardist Ami Hassinen invites some illustrious e-piano to great effect, together with is other ivories and passes nicely to Tiala to rip off a few sterling solos, sounding like Neil Schon when with early Santana. Another tremendous performance by the bassist, getting his nosy four string monster involved in pushing this miraculous track forever forward, invincible! This is very slickly produced in its inherent simplicity, yet well-crafted and inspired. Relentless brilliance, yes even the term 'stoner music' applies.

On 'Oceans Away' the Finns actually aspire to show off their Ozric tentacles but infuse the driving groove with some seductive bluesy guitar soloing. Pulsating, thrilling and yet emotionally awesome, this is another clear winner, a proud definition of what cosmic rock music is all about. Their style is so much more musical and textured than the classic leaders of space/psychedelic prog. Those are very lofty targets and Moonwagon seem to be on the perfect orbit to become the next big thing! This track is on par with the opener, a critical discovery of progressive mood music. Tiala just smokes it on lead guitar, egging the bass and the drummer along, heavy doom laden riffs keep one panting and claustrophobic. I am starting to laugh at the sheer pleasure of it all, a sure sign that I am being intimidated. Does not happen often!

The ultra-cool 'Super-Altar' unleashes a slow vortex of gentle sound, very mellow with wispy flute synths and acoustic guitar phrasings, the bass burrowing painlessly and drums just tapping along. Ethereal and relaxing. 'Starmask' reverts to the gritty bluster, wasting little time in settling old scores and pushing a dirtier agenda, boisterous and yet deliberate. Tiala slowly uncorks a screaming solo that's very 'Gilmour in a bad mood', thrashing riffs and colliding synths that seem to screech like a dentist's drill, all hammered along nicely by the pile driver rhythmic unit.

'Thunderdrift' as the title implies is a tempestuous affair, loaded with classic heavy rock pretense where the bass and drums pound obstinately and the axe assault is just a rambling colossus, contrasting with a serene mid-section just to keep the blood boiling. Of course, the concluding section is sheer volatile delirium, a spacecraft of musical insanity at its best, lost in the vast and empty corridors of the cosmos. 'Sundown Mountain', now that just nails it right there, a 15 minute+ finale that takes it to the nth degree, a symphonic projection instead of the more typical jam fest, the howling synth winds bring this work a more ambient inception, recalling a more deliberate arrangement that sets up a mood that just has musical lust to spray all over the horizon. Explosively melodic and a highly talented crew make for a superb combo, the piece just grows in intensity and sheer determination. Its atmospheric but with balls, and even tosses in some Magma 'like choir work, it's hilarious and so cleverly done. The Vander-like beat only conveys the zeuhl feel even further. Music like this scares me only because it's so good !The shift is gradual into a more rockier feel, sustain-laden axe washes scour the sonic windshield , the rough bass smashing through the mist whilst the snarly drums clobber hard and fast. Technically, these dudes are accomplished BIG TIME but it's the inspiration that I find so shocking, the interplay is stupendous, the beats super-tight and the passion, limitless.

With their first two masterpieces, Moonwagon are on my 'GET ALL THEIR STUFF' list, which is not that crowded really but growing steadily, especially since 2010. A masterful debut.

4.5 Noxious dunes

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 Foyers Of The Future by MOONWAGON album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 27 ratings

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Foyers Of The Future
Moonwagon Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Moonwagon's 'Foyers of the Future' is an instrumental space prog album with some blazing guitars and soaring synths over very rhythmic bass and drums, along with Hawkwind space effects and atmospherics.

Spacey ambient textures on 'Elsewhere' are followed by the rhythmic heavy fuzz guitar rock on 'New World Warrior'. The icy space winds howl and then the warm synths of 'Dawnwind' emanate. The Hawkwind like rhythms are terrific and break out into some off beat passages. Overall this is a melodic slice of psych prog with grandiose keyboards and scorching guitars. The track locks into a strong figure and has hypnotic sounds that crank along and draw in the listener, and of course ther is a ton of spacey guitar breaks and swirling synths; a real masterclass instrumental highlighting the album clocking 6:43.

Next up is 'Endless Collision' driven by twin acoustic guitar vibrations, in short graceful weeps and some inspired finger picking prowess. 'Through the Veil of Rain' is more acoustic but a strong drum tempo, though has a crossover sound, not that much different than Tommy Emmanuel's style. It is very long at over 11 minutes, but builds over the main melody in an extended synth solo that goes on for an eternity. It is very psychedelic and locks into a rollicking heavy guitar groove.

'Shadows Whisper Fire' moves along on a simple spaced out rock riff but has a tremendous bass solo buried within. It does have some cosmic synth sounds to indulge in towards the end. 'Saturn Summer' is another heavy track with a great bassline, and swathes of synths over a driving clanging guitar chord progression. 'Past Moves' is more steady tempo beats and overdoses on guitar and synths. 'Tranceport' is a dramatic change with a very strong rhythm and bass to die for. The synths sparkle and shine over a building string synth motif. The guitars are heavier and distorted with some wah wah effects and delay thrown in. I really like this track as it kicks along like a race car hurtling down a track.

Overall this is atmospheric music you can throw on when studying, kicking back after a long day or reading a novel; it is intense enough and spacey to hold its own but I rate it as highly spaced up background music to revel in.

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Foyers Of The Future
Moonwagon Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

4 stars There is one fabulous thing about reviewing. You never know what's gonna come to your mail box! And that's a delight for me. A while ago, I received a pack from the Finnish label Running Moose and one of the CDs was this one, Foyers Of The Future (2012), the second album of the band Moonwagon (also Finnish).

Moonwagon is a Space Rock instrumental band formed in 2008 by Ami Hassinen (keyboards), Jani Korpi (drums and percussion), Joni Tiala (electric & acoustic guitars) and Janne Ylikorpi (bass). Foyers Of The Future (2012) is the follow up of Night Dust (2011). The album was recorded and mixed between February and June 2012 in Finland and produced by the band itself. Running Moose has been releasing several interesting albums in the Space Rock/Psychedelic field and Foyers Of The Future (2012) is definitely one of them!

Before anything else, it is good to know that some bands still care about their CDs. Foyers Of The Future (2012) is presented in a nice digipack with a wonderful and enigmatic gatefold kind of cover. Not just that, the booklet of the album is basically a poster with a psychedelic image showing the band posing as a mini crowd.

It is quite hard to describe track-by-track kind of details in Foyers Of The Future (2012) because the songs are tied together and you hardly notice the changing of the tracks. Moonwagon's music is pretty much dominated by the keyboards and synths of Ami Hassinen with the Joni Tiala guitars playing a big and clever role. But for them to be able to freely walk with their instruments you need a tight and precise 'kitchen', Moonwagon has it with Jani Korpi drums and the amazing bass playing of Janne Ylikorpi.

Foyers Of The Future (2012) is pretty much divided into A and B sides, like an LP. The first set of songs, 'Elsewhere' and 'New World Warrior' starts slow and gains power within the songs. The third track 'Dawnwind' is a big highlight of the album. 'Endless Collision' is a short, acoustic piece with a an interesting fretless bass and closing the first part we have the longest track on the album with a jam feeling, 'Through The Veil Of Rain'. Interesting to notice that besides being an instrumental band, the songs that Moonwagon compose are pretty much melody oriented, you can listen the melody and even imagine a singer in them.

The second set of songs contains songs a bit larger when it comes to the time and it kicks in with 'Shadows Whisper Fire' that is commanded by Janne Ylikorpi bass, great track! Then we have 'Saturn Summer' that is another amazing track. 'Past Moves' starts a bit Symphonic but it turns out that it is almost a romantic song, Eric Clapton style. 'Tranceport' is a long Space Rock trip and ends Foyers Of The Future (2012) perfectly.

Moonwagon is a pretty new band and Foyers Of The Future (2012) is just their second album. But, it turned out that if Space Rock is your cup of tea you should go for this guys without hesitation. The band recorded a solid and interesting album that I can highly recommend!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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 Night Dust by MOONWAGON album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.87 | 29 ratings

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Night Dust
Moonwagon Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Menswear
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Suitable for rides on Saturn?

If I ever rent a buggy on a distant planet, I'm thinking of bringing this one with me. You always need an album for smooth rides on zero gravity, gazing at the stars. I think the best word to describe it lies in the cover artwork: a shining diamond, giving an array of colors that succeeds themselves at a high pace. Lots of colors provided by: a vast arsenal of synths, dynamic drumming, busy bass lines and One of These Days guitar tones. This is Moonwagon: the love child of Pink Floyd and Queens of the Stone Age; space and desert rock at the same time.

Very nice space/ desert rock, perfect for interstellar voyages, especially the non-chemically- induced ones. Snatch off one star for the lack of crazyness, a bit more insanity could've give the record a perfect score!

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 Foyers Of The Future by MOONWAGON album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Moonwagon Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Attention to all space prog cadets, there is a new interstellar voyager that is scouring the farthest reaches of the cosmos, boldly going where some have gone before but with a warp-speed twist that is most exhilarating. From Finland comes Moonwagon, a quartet of fine aural sculptors who have the audacity, the seasoned chops and celestial doses of imagination. The usual crew configuration mans the flight deck but there is little doubt in my mind that the ship Captain is the nasty little bass player, Janne Ylikorpi who leads the others by propulsive inspiration. His monstrous, fluid and devastating bass playing is front and center, mixed high and loud. For a Federation bass fetishist like yours truly, this is something I would "Kling-on", a rambling adventure of the highest order. Some may wonder whether there are strong Pink Floyd, Hawkwind or classic Gong vibes, maybe a little Ozric Tentacles thrown in, but the answer is, not really. Moonwagon have a harder edge, less soporific, perhaps even chaotic at times, they like to log into a specific warp speed, hold onto the groove and let the splashy synths and the gritty guitar shoot off some photon torpedoes, the bombs bursting in deep space air! In fact, there may be a closer association to a more melodic Anekdoten than anything, so it does have that icy Scandinavian vibe we all adore. I strongly advise fans to heed the bass' call and follow it through the entire journey. Janne is a reptilian fast player who has amazing depth and staying power to his playing. Every track is a pure gem, a revelation of style and sound that is universally appealing. The relentless Lemmy-like pounding only enhances contributions from keyboardist Ami Hassinen, whose preference is for extended liquid laser synthesizer runs, as well as bringing that elusive electric piano to the party, while guitarist Joni Tiala carves some creative lines, unafraid to go acoustic when need be, which is becoming such a rarity in the Psychedelic/Space realm. His electric leads are never reliant on effects, he keeps it pretty clean and technical. Drummer Jani Korpi keeps things tight and crisp, as befitting the genre's needs.

There are some scintillating tracks here, such as the opener "Elsewhere" setting the journey's tone, the battering ram effect of "New World Warrior" but none better than "Shadows Whisper Fire", a smoldering meteor of bass-lava fire, if you cannot smile in awe at hearing this, you need medical help! It's almost beyond description, a bass performance for the ages, a mix of Howlett, Wetton and Reeves. "Dawnwind" is simply splendid, a brooding astro-cruise that really hits the mark, as well as the delirious 11 minute+ "Through the Veil of Rain", where the first hints of classic-era Hawkwind appear, laced with some serious and intense Romulan space boogie. "Saturn Summer" will weave rings around your head, a breezy , asteroid-laden affair that has a bright summery feel, led again by you know who , whistling synths on one orbit and raging guitar on the second pass. Some island beats, a percussive samba, man, these lads have a strange universe to evoke and it's just so refreshing. "Past Moves" has a massive organ intro, a classic blues rock based guitar secondo, a shuffling beat a la 70s and you would thing like Booker T and the MGs, 2012 version! Tremendous quality and memorable playing.

To finish off with the extravagant "Tranceport", a title that says it all, is the proverbial Vulkan nerve neck pinch. The band has no qualms about strangeness or charm, laying down a shining cosmic highway to the stars, keeping the pace sprightly and honed to a high level of sharpness. Clanging e-piano, whirling synths, that confounded rambling bass, slick guitar licks and a two-fisted drum attack are what you get as a docking prize.What a brilliant finale ! Amazing slice of astral adventure, fans need to get this ASAP, especially the modern and demanding space traveller. Oh, and anyone who enjoys following the bass .

5 tomorrow's fireplaces

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 Night Dust by MOONWAGON album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.87 | 29 ratings

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Night Dust
Moonwagon Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars From the western parts of Finnish lands and the town of Kokkola comes this interesting Space/Psych/Prog act, found in 2008 by keyboardist Ami Hassinen (aka Ashen Simian), member of the Electronic group Nemesis, drummer/guitarist Jani Korpi, bassist Janne Ylikorpi and guitarist Joni Tiala.They released their debut ''Night Dust'' indepedently in 2010, while the album was reissued one year later with the support of Running Moose Productions and Presence Records.

At a first listening Moonwagon sound extremely close to the likes of OZRIC TENTACLES, QUANTUM FANTAY or TIME TRAVELLER, playing a genuine Heavy/Space Rock with lots of keyboards/synthesizers and a good amount of guitar diversity.More insisting spins though bring on surface a wide range of influences contained in this spacey jamming.Parts of the album have a strong retro flavor, like the organ washes and funky clavinets on ''Highway to the Orange Desert'', ''Oceans Away'' or ''Super-Altar'', the later being an interesting blend of Acoustic Music with soaring keyboards.A few moments even offer a bit of a Fusion vibe with flexible synths and frenetic playing next to more psychedelic deliveries.Fair enough though the driving force of the album is a pounding, groovy and intense Space Rock with big time Electronic soundscapes, powerful guitars and very edgy synthesizers in a trippy experience full of passion and energy.These elements are perfectly placed in the long instrumental ''Sundown Mountain'', covering a wide range of tempos, cosmic soundscapes and moods.

Very nice and recommended release.Not particularly original or groundbreaking, but definitely dynamic, challenging and passionate, full of Space Prog adventures.

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 Foyers Of The Future by MOONWAGON album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 27 ratings

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Foyers Of The Future
Moonwagon Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars The second album of Finnish group Moonwagon introduces a more organic and acoustic oriented soundrealms than was heard on their versatile debut record, which shimmered colder vastness of interstellar visions with credible force and talent. Beautiful album covers support descripting this transition process neatly, showing group members exploring the surface of new world found after cosmic travelling. After seeing the band performing live on stage here in Helsinki, I first felt that the earlier bit heavier material worked better, but there are certainly merits on this disc with a new angle to the music, and I think the album works as a fully composed entity very well. The acoustic guitars and pianos give more relaxed overall feeling to the music, and allow more dominant role to bass guitar and emphasize arrangement details. The synthesizers are also very strongly present, and work as a melodic lead instrument on the opener "Elsewhere". Their sound brings some pleasant associations of Camel's classic tunes to my mind, and the more hypnotic aural ambiences carry the compositions towards guitar and drums emphasized lounging. Following "New World Warrior" has pleasant vintage heavy rock kick in it, resembling from sound perspective slightly late 70's Uriah Heep with touches of Hawkwind's spacey magic. The group also continues with personal line of mixing more modern and heavier elements to the first presented older themes, staying in touch with their time and reaching more personality than through purist style mimicking. "Dawnwind" was one of the song highlights of the album for me, built from quite simple but well working elements of rhythmic pulse and synth themes, creating a sensation of voyaging in space, and visiting fine guitar solo licks and riff constructions.

"Endless Collision" is a shorter visitation to the acoustic vantage points of this album, and a great place for melodic bass guitar drive also. I wonder if Joni's commitment on folk duo act Vellamo is an effect or a cause to this acoustic direction; Whatever the truth is, the end result sounds sincere and convincing. Both "Through The Veil of Rain" and "Shadows Whisper Fire" are quite relaxed and longer showers of the group's musical kindness, in some parts creating associations to Anekdoten's later songs due union of Mellotron sounds, acoustic guitars and fluidly vibrating audio effect treatments. These compositions also use patiently their duration to morph carefully to several interesting directions. "Saturn Summer" follow is them as quite short but very pleasant piece, basking on the shine of keyboards and calmed by the gusts of refreshing guitar solo weaves. There are also certain proves that some Caribbean culture has been spread beyond the asteroid belt also.

The album starts to close with minor motives of "Past Moves", a song which will find later more upright feelings, slightly resembling the joyful moments from "Machine Messiah" of Yes. This set of maneuvers concludes to "Tranceport", which seems to be the most crystallized compositional effort on the album. From sounds the end result could be compared to early 80's Hawkwind records, the acoustic guitars and more relaxed feelings crafting the visions then towards more personal own sound territories. The dramatic curve flows from open synth space to steadier guitar riff passage, slowly gaining power for a warp drive jump of uncertain future. I hope this transition leap would reveal later more pleasant music on a form of third album from this sympathetic group appearing from hyperspace.

I admit I slightly miss lead vocals from the music, though there are some distant chanting and choirs here and there. This desire rises just from my own personal taste preferences, as I would love to experience stronger human presence from singing. On the other hand, it is better to play instrumentally than ruin a band though bad vocal performance - a demise I feel witnessed much too often. Also the musicians use plenty of energy to compensate the melodics of the missing vocal lines with their full instrument repertoire. If you like instrumental music and enjoy good quality cosmic space rock with classic progressive rock influences, this album is certainly a worthy target of inspecting.

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 Night Dust by MOONWAGON album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.87 | 29 ratings

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Night Dust
Moonwagon Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars No i'm not surprised that my Psychedelic / Space brothers Uwe and Eetu have already reviewed this album. I want to thank Classic Rock presents Prog for their interview with the band, much of that info I used in this next paragraph.These guys kind of met haphazardly at this festival where bands would re-create Classic Rock albums.They kind of got thrown together and their goal was to do the first BLACK SABBATH album. It was so much fun for them that they decided to stay together, well except for the Ozzy-sounding vocalist. Most of the songs were done through jamming and improvizing because the band felt it was more exciting to do it this way. Whatever works right ? They're based in central Finland far from Helsinki. Ami the keyboardist describes it as being like the Australian outback, very backwards. Half of the year is dark and darkness is definetly a theme of many of their tunes.There's a cool picture of the band in the liner notes taken in the dark with a lantern at their feet.

"Hoodoo Horizon" opens with a sample of a countdown transmission then this slow and heavy soundscape comes in.The tempo picks up 3 1/2 minutes in then it slows back down to end it. "Highway To The Orange Desert" opens with a beat as the piano joins in. Guitar after a minute as it picks up some. Nice bass with synths before 3 1/2 minutes. Piano and guitar lead before 5 1/2 minutes.

"Oceans Away" sounds really good to start with the bass, drums and guitar standing out. It settles before 4 minutes with water sounds and more. It picks back up after 7 minutes with some excellent guitar. Water sounds end it. "Super-Alter" has these spacey synths and strummed guitar that reminds me of early PORCUPINE TREE. Nice. Organ after a minute then synths again. A definite favourite.

"Starmask" has a heavy beat with heavy guitar early. Spacey synths before 2 minutes. A Gilmour vibe when it comes to the guitar around 4 minutes. Synths a minute later. "Thunderdrift" is uptempo and heavy. It does settle after 2 minutes.

"Sundown Mountain" is the longest track at almost 16 minutes. It's dark and spacey to open. A heavy sound comes in after 2 minutes. Riffs before 5 minutes and some vocal melodies too. A change before 7 1/2 minutes. I like this. It picks up before 10 1/2 minutes with the guitar and drums leading. It settles back around 13 minutes. It's spacey a minute later. We're galloping late.

An enjoyable listen with some variety and I like the fact that they aren't afraid to let it rip once in a while.

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