Dragons, we have analysed another band from Alma Ata, a big country
from the huge and underpopulated Kazakhstan where lots of Kirghizes
fled after the recent seditions. Going back to music, this is the fourth
CD and it ranges from Heavy Rock to 80's Melodic Speed/Power with occasional
modern elements within some songs.
The opener "Nash Poezd" offers weird keyboards and
soon afterwards a too foreseeable riff, threatening and angry vocals
alternated, all between Rammstein, Kraftwerk, Wumpscut and a bit of
Andrew W.K and the Deep Purple of "Smoke on the Water"!
A realtively harmless track seems to the riding title track, actually
not one of the best compositions; it deals with melodic Metal but is
unluckily devoid of mordent.
Plastilinovy Jinn improve very much when dealing with ballads, and I'm
happy to be rocked by "Mi kazhetsa gde to vstrechalis...",
followed by the fast and raw Power metal/Rock of "Igra".
I assure you won't be able to keep your behind standing with "Bey
navernyaka!", rich of tight drumming and brisk vocals that
make my foot beat on time. Another highlight of the CD is "Novy
den", emphasizing more than the other 8 tracks how cool it
is to use the Russian idiom in Metal and Rock too (but not Kazakh which
doesn't sound good and isn't suitable for such music styles). Be run
over by the excellent refrain that's gonna stick at your heads immediately!
Keyboards protagonists in "Dvigay", heavy and untraditional
at all; contains a riff that shall make the security staffs sweat hard
in the unavoidable moshpits which are gonna result downstage! My favourite
track even after second thoughts, it's worth ordering the CD only for
this song, tavarisch!
Suitable for radio passages, the classic FM-Rock of "Oglyanis",
makes way for "Vechernie ogni", an ultrasoft and positive
love ballad including suggestive jazzy piano lines and elegant, seducing
Folk female vocals.
Sounds could have been more powerful and arrangements better, especially
in the first two songs, mysteriously the weaker ones yet placed in the
first part of the CD, but if originality is not a prioritary aspect
for your musical necessities, then "We Are" could satisfy
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th April 2005