The five piece prog-rockers from Bryansk are back with album number four! This album is heavier, darker, and more guitar orientated than the Russian outfit’s previous work. There is a much more heavy metal / hard rock feel to the music as the band thrash things out relentlessly over the 45 minute duration. At the same time, the band maintain their folky roots with he violin and Glockenspiel getting a good work out and giving the music a shape for the grungy guitars to mood around.
Each track goes for around six minutes or longer, allowing the music he space and time to slowly evolve and and be fully realised.
The album opens with the breezy sounds of ‘All through the day’. The music drifts along in a wintery fashion with occasional rays of light shining through.
‘Ocean’ sounds something like crosses with My Friend the Chocolate Cake. For most part the guitars take centre stage putting on a massive heavy rocking show, with every so often they make way for the powerful violins to shine through, the different styles working together harmoniously.
‘Wildflowers’ turns the notch up to eleven, blasting out a massive dose of metal. There are elements of Rammstein and Sonic Youth as they band explore both thrashing rage and atmospheric distortion.
‘Morendo’ is (as far as I’m aware) the band’s first offering to include vocals. The deep opera sounds of Vladimir Zyuzko open the song up before it heads down a deep dark path.
The album closes with the soft and beautiful, ‘Tea’ reminiscent of Mike Oldfield’s early work. The track opens with some soft spoken words before taking on a wintery journey full of cold yet vibrant musical textures.
Jet Plane has flown a slightly altered course this time round with more heavy and rocking energy. This has led to a powerfully energetic long player that maintains their unique folky atmosphere. There are some great rocking elements that will get your head banging, balanced brilliantly with some beautiful atmospheric soundscapes. This is another great album that sees the band’s music continue to evoke and explore new ground.
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