This is just so frickin' good I don't even know where to begin. All instrumentals, this album covers it all....psychedelic rock, stoner rock, progressive rock, post-rock and even some jazz and blues mixed in there. Excellent sound, thoroughly eargasmic from start to finish. 5 of these \m/
Favorite track: Shaman.
For lovers of heavy riffs, solid grooves, and instrumental voodoo ~
"I look forward to new Re-Stoned albums as these guys continue to demonstrate that with each new effort they just keep getting better and more interesting, extending themselves beyond the standard Stoner-Psych template. Vocals are typically required with this kind of music but The Re-Stoned make it work as an all instrumental combo with lots of intriguing variety." – by Jerry Kranitz at "Aural Innovations" (USA)
"The Re-Stoned, Russia's preeminent stoner outfit have thankfully returned to give us yet another mind numbing aural assault, with their latest effort entitled Totems. Totems once again finds the band plowing their way through familiar sonic territory, as they combine their unique blend of ultra-heavy psychedelic rock jams, with elements of jazz and tinges of Eastern themes, that flow effortlessly through these nine, all instrumental compositions. Once again encased in that warm cocoon glow that only an analog recording is able to provide, the songs offered up here, magically take their time to unfold, metamorphosing from the acoustic acid washed blues of 'Melting Stones', to the blissed out cosmic fuzz of 'Hypnosis' and the wah-wah infused workout that permeates throughout 'Chakras'. By the time the listener hit's the didgeridoo and Sabbath riffage on the epic 'The Barbarian Hymn' and the atmospheric and trippy 'Shaman', it's a one-two punch like no other. The disc concludes on a high note with 'Sleepwalker' and the thundering vibrations of 'Violet Harmonics'. There isn't an ounce of filler to be found here as Lipkin and his crew have constructed almost an hour's worth of music, that allows the listener to just reach for the volume, simply close their eyes and let the music sweep them away. I've said it before, but I'll say it again. For music of this nature (all instrumental, stoner rock) to be successful, you have to offer a complete listening experience that is both engaging and over and above the norm. In this regard The Re-Stoned never fail to deliver the goods. Totems stands right there, head and shoulders with the band's best work and in fact upon further reflection and repeated listens, it just might be their crowning achievement to date." – by Ryan Sparks at "Sea Of Tranquility" (USA)
released May 5, 2014
THE RE-STONED "Totems" CD (cardboard folder) can be purchased @ R.A.I.G. web-store (www.raig.ru/cot.asp) | $13.00 + shipping
All music by ILYA LIPKIN
Performed by: ILYA LIPKIN (guitars, bass, mandola, shaman drum, jew's-harp, voice), ALEXANDER ROMANOV (bass) and VLADIMIR MUCHNOV (drums) with EVGENY TKACHEV (percussion) and NIKOLAY FEDOTOV (didgeridoo)
Guest guitar solo in «Old times» is by KENT STUMP of WO FAT (appears courtesy of Small Stone Records)
Recorded at the Rushus Studio by Ilya Lipkin, except drums – recorded at Moscow Sound Studio by Sergey Lazar
Mixed by Ilya Lipkin
Mastered by Tobias Swensson
Original graphics and fonts by Alexander Zhelonkin
Artwork design by Ilya Lipkin
The album was also released as 12” LP – by Headspin Records, an in-door vinyl only record-label of Clear Spot (The Netherlands). The vinyl-version has different artwork-solution, different sound-mastering and a bit different track-listing (it doesn’t include “Melting Stones” and “Violent Harmonics” but features a track which is not on CD).