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The band: sultry, feisty, in-your-face. Lia Sells Fish rocks the whole fish market to its core.
A spirited folk-blues sound that cuts deep and to the bone. Fierce and soothing at the same time, let Jeff Collins sing you off into the sunset.
This band is bananas. Times Infinity will rock your little socks off.
For those who crave a classic sound given new life, check out The Shelter People.
Space Mosquito is buzzing your way with hard-rocking grooves and gargantuan riffs aplenty. Rock for the modern supersonic astronaut to veg out to.
Brothers Eggs’ melancholic folk rock helps reminisce and wander through a sad and pretty soundscape.
With echoes of Audioslave, MOONCAGE delivers catchy melodies with relatable lyrics and a grunge punch to tie it all together.
You don’t get to hear very many instrumental-heavy stoner rock acts that can keep your attention through a whole album. With that introduction in mind, let me introduce The Re-Stoned, my second Russian pick in a row for those counting (I don’t think anyone’s counting).
If you love Sabbath, you’re probably going to like The Re-Stoned. The sludgy, catchy riffs are there. The psychedelic vibes, some real heavy wah. This band will probably mostly appeal to guitar aficionados, due to the carefully crafted riffs, the extended solos, and the general long expanses of rock wilderness, where your only guide is that heavy, crunchy guitar winding its way through the long song runtimes, but never failing to play something interesting or just plain rocking.
There’s also the psychedelic/stoner side to the music. I’m no psychic, but I imagine the band’s name is some kind of reference to this. Wink, wink.
Keep in mind that the music of The Re-Stoned does not seem to be intended for those with short attention spans. The shortest song on the Plasma album is four minutes and eleven seconds, and some of The Re-Stoned’s best songs clock in at around ten or eleven minutes. For me, this is great, just more to listen to, but be warned.
Like the music, The Re-Stoned’s music video for “Flying Clouds” is a trippy and pensive affair. Because so much of the band’s catalogue is instrumental only, it invites you to really focus on the riffs and melodies. In a visual way, the video for Flying Clouds does the same thing. For a band as heavy as The Re-Stoned, their songs leave a lot of time for reflection.
This is rich music, something you can really dive headfirst into. Like a lot of great bands, their classic rock and metal influences are worn on their sleeve, yet The Re-Stoned doesn’t seem trapped by those influences. Their sound is familiar and new all at once. Plus, it’s heavy and trippy and fun as hell.
My first Russian entry for Musigator, Hell Bruizes is a hard-hitting sexy soundwave of gooey rock ‘n’ roll goodness. I was first drawn to the band after seeing the cover photo for their latest release, Ideal Villain. The band sits around a nice apple pie they have thoughtfully baked for the viewer. So thoughtful! Until you look again. With sinister lighting, a stack of bones on the table, and one of the bandmates forcefully thrusting a glass of something (is it wine? Why would you think otherwise?) in your direction, it would be my recommendation for the receiver of that pie to not eat it.
Not that I’m a suspicious fellow. I just don’t trust this pie.
However, while I can’t necessarily speak to the band’s cooking, I definitely recommend listening to their music.
In particular, I recommend listening to the band’s album On Your Knees for the freshest pie in Hell Bruizes’ musical bakery. The riffs are scrumptious, (with some octave pedal goodness and general grungy hard rocking licks) an enticing vocal display (a little bit Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a little bit The Kills), and a bass that’s fit to taste. It’s killer stuff.
This is a band where I’d recommend checking out the Bandcamp before their YouTube, just because most of the videos are live videos of the band playing. That being said, Hell Bruizes does have an excellent collection of live recordings, so if you don’t plan on booking a flight to Moscow anytime soon, you’ll still be able to experience the fret blasting abilities of Hell Bruizes face to face (more or less).
What else needs to be said about this band? Great sound, great aesthetic, high energy. Does hell bruise? Of course, it does. But hell bruising certainly seems to feel good on the ears.