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VESPERO

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Russia


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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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VESPERO top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.86 | 59 ratings
Rito
2007
4.08 | 90 ratings
Surpassing All Kings
2009
4.14 | 157 ratings
By The Waters Of Tomorrow
2010
3.95 | 98 ratings
Subkraut - U-Boats Willkommen Hier
2012
3.97 | 67 ratings
Droga
2013
3.63 | 52 ratings
Fitful Slumber Until 5 A.M.
2015
3.83 | 81 ratings
Lique Mekwas
2016
4.05 | 14 ratings
Shum-Shir
2017

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
4.57 | 7 ratings
Azmari: Abyssanian Liventure
2016

VESPERO Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.73 | 11 ratings
Liventures 2008-2010
2011

VESPERO Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

VESPERO Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.19 | 7 ratings
Careful With That Axe, Eugene
2013

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 Shum-Shir by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.05 | 14 ratings

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Shum-Shir
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog 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
4.05 | 14 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
4.08 | 90 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
4.14 | 157 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.
 Lique Mekwas by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.83 | 81 ratings

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Lique Mekwas
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Some rhythmic motion badly needed?

Hey, then you are on a right track on this occasion. Maybe you won't believe, so please, give it a try from start to finish! VESPERO are offering something rather perfect here. Which means, this is either recommended for the tripped-out late hours of your next beach party (yep!) ... or alternatively, in the same way, for a secret solo session by handling a bottle of wine and headphones (another yep!). Living in Astrakhan maybe causes a special inspiration - more than ever I'm wondering how they are able to realize such high quality albums, quasi in a row, since more than ten years now.

Although still deriving from a space rock fundament, there is a further step towards a jazz/fusion attitude to state overall. The embedded drive is based on the collaboration of two percussionists here, apart from core member Ivan Fedotov, Alexander Timakov is on board too. Great presence by all means! The special 'Lique Mekwas' event is starting with The Course Of Abagaz, driven by afro beat, dub, jazz, mellotron and what else, equipped with an Ozric Tentacles feel somehow.

Besides the violin - melancholy here and Vital(it)y there - the saxophone is very present too, there's no mistaking. Over the course of seventyfive minutes playing time I can't detect anything decreasing, the niveau remains on a top level. Strangely enough it took some time for me to concentrate on this album. Strike! I get a kick out of it! 'Lique Mekwas' proves that VESPERO are real top scorer when it comes to the progressive rock genre. Excellent musicianship taken for granted. Every album differs, they have successfully avoided to repeat themselves until today. 4.5 stars!

 Lique Mekwas by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.83 | 81 ratings

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Lique Mekwas
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Finally, Vespero gets back on track to fulfill the amazing potential that they had shown through the Naughties with their Liventure live albums and especially through their wonderful 2010 studio album, By the Waters of Tomorrow. Every move the band makes here shows maturity, confidence and sensibility. Great melodies, great changes of pace--even in the middle of songs, not as much reliance on the psy-reggae rhythms of the recent past. It's a long disc coming out at 75 minutes but it is very rewarding listen--no fluff, all substance and intrigue--and with an awesome story being told in concept album form. Guitars, keys, bass, sax and violins are all strongly present with the prominently featured creativity of master rhythmatists, Ivan Fedotov and Alexander Timakov. This could be a masterpiece. Let me get to know it better.

1. "The Course Of Abagaz" (16:18) opens with bass rapid harmonics play which quickly turns into some awesome rapid firm bass and rhythm guitar lines to support soaring sustained guitar notes performing the leads for the first three minutes. Tenor sax takes front and center over the next two minutes before giving way to more electric guitar. The awesome rhythm section sustains its breakneck speed throughout the first seven minutes of this long song--it sounds kind of like a SANTANA jam--which could be a problem in monotony were it not for the various soloists performing their interesting expositions. At the seven minute mark all instruments stop save for the spacey sounds produced by keyboards and flanged and other treated instruments. What sounds like a Mellotron (but is more likely a heavily treated violin) and Reggae-ish bass establish themselves as the new leads in this cool, slowed down section. PINK FLOYD and HAWKWIND come to mind here--especially as the synths take more of the foreground presence. Violin, guitar and sax solo at the same time, weaving their melodies into the spacey soundscape. What a trip! At 13:36 the music slows and a guitar signals a return to the SANTANA-like jam of the opening. Distorted keyboard has the first solo before echoed sax takes a brief turn, but it is the keys that carry it home to the end. Great song. (9/10)

2. "Ras Dashen" (9:31) opens slowly, establishing a nice laid back groove with bass and congas and other hand percussives, with some HACKETT-esque volume pedal controlled soloing over the top for the first two minutes. Violin gets the next turn as guitar and keys establish some spacey weave beneath. Then its tenor sax in the fourth minute. Pause in the middle of the fifth minute allows a recalibration and then return to original pace only this time with full drum kit, staccato bass play and muted guitar chords providing that foundational weave for first keyboard solo and then violin. Drums get to shine a bit in the final two minutes. Probably my favorite song on the album. (9/10)

3. "Oromoo's Flashing Eyes" (10:00) opening with a nice little moving groove within which spacey synth noises and violin get to weave their sounds. In the third minute the song stops and restarts with drums and rhythm section establishing a new somewhat polyrhythmic direction (syncopated drum beats) over which tenor sax takes a turn. By the time the screaming electric guitar takes over the lead in the fifth minute the whole-band rhythm has again congealed into an insistent and unified thrum. Violin and guitar take turns with soli as the foundational music massages and hypnotizes the listener. (9/10)

4. "Abyssinian Ground" (8:20) is perhaps the odd song on the album as the folk melodies and odd rhythms and unorthodox time signatures force one to wake up and take notice. Who said Russians don't concern themselves with rhythm or time? Vespero are here proving them wrong. (9/10)

5. "Isidore's Prophet" (10:23) long and steady but not enough change, development or nuance. (8/10)

6. "Follow The Fitawrari" (8:49) has nice development with sax, violin, synths and incredible bass play. There is an awesome spacey section in the sixth minute. The seventh minute puts some PERCY JONES-like bass play beneath the jazz guitar lead. (9/10)

7. "The Emperor's Second Self" (11:39) has a very nice slow pace and development from the eerie, spacious opening to the end of the sixth minute. Up to that point all instruments seem to be floating around in their own daydreams. Then the instrumental threads congeal and weave into a cohesive expression. By the 8:00 mark the music is beginning to sound like a meditative/breathworks jam intended to take both listener and musician into altered states of consciousness. Beautiful and awesome! (9/10)

Overall, an awesome excursion into the spacey, rhythmically massaging world of Kosmisches Musik--done in a jazz fusion style!

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of prog rock and an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.

 Fitful Slumber Until 5 A.M. by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.63 | 52 ratings

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Fitful Slumber Until 5 A.M.
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars With this album Russian jammers Vespero have chosen a direction that incorporates more prominently the element of folk or world instrumentation. Guitarist Alexander Kuzovlev has introduced more traditional instruments (mostly mandolin) into lead or foundational roles in virtually every song. Keyboard wizard Alexey Klabukov has chosen either edgy-weird space/computer sounds or retro/70s sounds to be featured in his palette here. Drummer Ivan Fedotov has been asked to perform more straightforward role as rhythm keeper instead of the adventurous free-flowing improvisateur I fell in love with on By the Waters of Tomorrow. As a matter of fact, this 2010 release had me so excited exactly because this drummer and group were so free-form and adventurous--like the Krautrock bands of old. I fear that the band as a whole has reined in and contained their sound considerably since those formative days of the Naughties. It feels to me as if only bass player Arkady Fedotov has been able to really keep his groove on from the days of "old."

Don't get me wrong: There are good songs here--songs that I like to hear once in a while (though, I have to admit, there is not a single song that I love the whole way through)--but nothing that sucks me in and hypnotizes me the way By the Waters of Tomorrow and the "Liventure" series did.

Favorite songs: "Vision 2: Outer Planting (4:02:16 - 4:10:30)" (8:15) (9/10); "Vision 5: Ezel (4:30:00 - 4:36:55)" (6:56) (8/10); "Vision 1: Ogni Fuoco (3:50:18 - 4:02:15)" (11:53) (8/10), and; the Arabian feeling "Vision 6: Atil (4:36:46 - 4:51:14)" (14:18) (8/10).

A well-performed set of songs that are, unfortunately, a little disappointing to me. It is hard to discern this album's value as it is not, in my opinion, "an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection" nor is it merely "Good." It is a 3.5 star album that I am going to rate down for failing to live up to both my expectations and the band's potential.

 Droga by VESPERO album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.97 | 67 ratings

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Droga
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. This might be my favourite VESPERO album beating out "Surpassing All Kings". A very cool closeup of a leaf is the album cover and the cd cover is made out of recycled cardboard. Three guests help out adding vocals, cello, flute and soprano sax.

"Steppe" begins sounding like we are in the Middle East as voices and flute join in. I really like the mood and atmosphere here until it changes 4 minutes as it kicks into gear. It settles back into more of a spacey groove after 5 minutes then back to the Middle Eastern sound 9 minutes in. "Maui" has a steady beat with guitar notes that seem to dance around the soundscape. It turns intense after 2 minutes but then quickly becomes uplifting with mellotron. The drumming impresses as usual plus we get some cello helping out. "Red Pitfalls" has a FLOYD-like vibe as the guitar makes spacey sounds while the drums and bass support. Beautiful stuff. Some nice guitar before 4 minutes then the sound turns spacey a minute later as it settles back. A Post-Rock flavour to the guitar after 6 minutes then the cello kicks in. "Oboo" features electronics and a spacey atmosphere early on then the drums and bass arrive. Such a feel-good vibe here. Flute before 1 1/2 minutes and I have to say that the guitar sounds really good here. "Thymus" has Post-Rock styled guitars to start then it settles into an excellent guitar led groove. Contrasts continue. Almost a Scandinavian mood after 2 minutes and the guitar recalls "Damnation" by OPETH. Another change after 4 1/2 minutes as we get this heavenly sound, just gorgeous. More Post-Rock styled guitar before 7 minutes.

"Halo" has lots of atmosphere with guitar and electronics then the tempo picks up around a minute in. A spacey calm 4 1/2 minutes in with twittering sounds and more going on. The electronics stop around 6 minutes as picked guitar only takes over then it builds. Love the drumming as usual. "Marine" opens with drums as it starts to build with some spacey guitar and sounds. This is so good. Nice bass lines here as well. A change before 4 minutes as it picks up and then the synths and guitar become more of the focus. I do prefer the earlier sound. They are kicking butt late to end it. "Frozen Lillies(Melt In Heaven)" has a PORCUPINE TREE-like spacey atmosphere to start then the tempo picks up around a minute and it's fuller. A spacey calm arrives 3 minutes in but it's brief as an intense drum/bass section kicks in with spacey synths. I like it! Guitar comes to the fore after 5 minutes to the end. "Droga" opens with mellotron and intricate sounds and there is plenty of atmosphere early on. Female vocal melodies arrive 2 1/2 minutes and they are a nice touch. It picks up before 5 1/2 minutes with the guitar soloing slowly over top as the drums and electronics support. Sax a minute later. Nice.

Man this is close to 5 stars but not yet, still this band has been a revelation to me over the years and they never disappoint.

 Careful With That Axe, Eugene by VESPERO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.19 | 7 ratings

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Careful With That Axe, Eugene
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Russian band VESPERO have been a fairly productive band since they were formed back in 2003, and from 2007 and onwards they have released a substantial amount of material, mostly within the space rock segment of progressive rock. Their most recent creation see the band team up with UK specialist label Fruits de Mer Records, for Vespero's take on two classic compositions by legendary progressive rock band Pink Floyd.

The A side of this 7'' vinyl single, Careful With That Axe Eugene, is a slow paced atmospheric construction in Vespero's take on it, with a driving organ with haunting qualities supported by nervous Mellotron, dampened bass and rhythm, plucked guitar details and a liberal flavoring of futuristic effects. Until a ghostly, spoken voice appears that is, sending the song into a more frantic direction with blazing guitar soloing early 70's style and initial haunting vocal effects, the song ebbing out on a return to the initial slower paced, atmospheric oriented mood.

The B side is given to One of These Days, in this take a multiple themed affair with an initial sequence of pumping bass and twisted, surging guitar details and keyboards with occasional drum flurries, giving way to a sequencer driven passage flavored with light toned futuristic electronic melodic effects and otherwise futuristic sounds combining into a machine and robots inspired futuristic inspired theme, then taken over by dominant slide guitar and drums prior to ebbing out on the dying whispers of a wind synth.

A nice treat for fans of space rock this one, and one I suspect would be of interest to fans of Pink Floyd too, as it generally is intriguing at some level to hear what other artists approach the classics and how much or not they try to make the songs their own. The end results in this case are intriguing in their own right though, and space rock fans with an affection for vintage sounding material should line up for this one.

 Liventures, etc by VESPERO album cover Live, 2013
4.69 | 16 ratings

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Liventures, etc
Vespero Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

5 stars You know, there's always a difference between studio recordings and live experiences - and this especially applies to the band VESPERO which is hailing from the Russian province Astrakhan. Man! Delivered as the satellite release only(!) to the regular albums 'Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier' and 'Droga', this one, while brimfull of delicate live cuts, turns out to be their masterpiece, when it comes to me. Although there's not any applause or other audience activity to notice, it evidently captures them on the stage, performing favourite covers, alternative samples of some of their compositions, and even new songs. Which finally means, all the tracks, respectively versions you can listen to, are previously unreleased without any exception.

Since they have ten experienced years in the back now, let me state how prolific and multifaceted the foursome is in the meanwhile! This for a first summary, until it goes into some details straight ahead. 'What is considered a drug rather than a food varies between cultures ...' - that may describe the band's mystic aura. Droga represents the title track of their newest studio album, which is lyrically and musically inspired by visions of their homeland, and again holds traces of Southern Russia's ethnic music. And so this electronic beat, caused by Arkady Fedotov's synthesizer I'm quite sure, might be something derivative, operates like a hypnotic mantra all the way through. A gripping affair, while additonally decorated with Ivan Fedotov's brushes as well as a noteworthy melancholic collaboration, contributed by Alexander Kuzovlev's space guitar and Alexey Klabukov's synthesizer. A fantastic entry to this song collection, simple as that!

Deeply inspired by the 60/70's German subculture The Strangest Thing In The Ocean is taken from the 2012 'Subkraut' release ... and it only get's better ... Rudolf Sosna of FAUST fame originally wrote the song Jennifer at the Oxfordshire Manor House studio in 1973, straightaway after they had a somewhat impressing encounter with a red-haired country girl. Okay, as is known lyrics are quite simple, however musically the VESPERO interpretation comes with a new fantastic livery, where they are able to cover the song's original gorgeousness as well as weirdness, but also modify this affair a bit according to their own musical approach. So Jennifer, aka Elena Belozyorova, marks a short intervention and the original whacked piano outro is substituted by a way more crazy electronical attack.

Well, now step by step, you're getting clues, how multi-varied drummer Ivan Fedotov is navigating through the songs. Clouds appears with flute and melodica support, it's the rhythm branch first and foremost which serves a strong trip hop/new jazz touch. On the second Faust cover J'Ai Mal Aux Dents I can hear two wonderfully complementing guitars, which leads to the assumption that this one steps out of line, might be a studio product probably, overdubs inclusive. But wait - two guitars - this is at least regularly reserved for the last avantgarde styled song Tanz - guest musician Alexander Chuvakov from the band Kalutaliksuak is aboard here, which you will immediately recognize when you're familiar a bit with the creme de la creme of Russian prog.

Finally it only remains to mention another extraordinary excerpt from the new 'Droga' album - Oboo features a halting behaviour, again the regular bass guitar is substituted by a repetitive electronic beat - somewhat far-away this shows extraordinary space guitar and swirling synths.There you are - irresistible modern kraut and ethno flavoured space rock - equipped with a proper amount of electronical stuff and some successful vocal parts - making a lot of fun.in any case. Though not having heard the new album 'Droga' in total yet (which may house some new surprises probably) 'Liventures, etc' already blows me away really. A prolific and entertaining collection which deserves the highest rating.

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