Serpentina Satelite - _Nothing to Say_
(Trip in Time, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
Is this metal or rock? I don't know and I don't care. What I do know is that these self-described space / Kraut rockers are located well outside my comfort zone, but not so far beyond the perimeter that I cannot appreciate and even enjoy this EP. Unfortunately, I cannot comment on their originality, as the only similar band I know of is The Oresund Space Collective and their commonality lies solely in a shared appreciation for improv rock from the Sixties and Seventies. This is most readily apparent in "Kommune I", a 23 minute jam that accounts for half the total playing time. Nor were The Oresund Space Collective nearly as psychedelic as these guys; this album practically drips with LSD and mescaline. "Madripoor" is the most metallic track with its focus on riffing, but only the title track approximates a regular song with a clear and orthodox structure. The few lyrics present are inevitably manipulated -- which makes it no different from the rest of the album, I suppose. If you're in the right mood and have an open mind -- not necessarily in an altered state of mind, although I'm sure it helps -- then this would be worth a spin.


(article published 15/3/2009)

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