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CD Nevsky Prospekt Poseidons Ire review








What I like about Nevsky Prospekt is that they at least seem to be rather uncompromising and their music has a vitality and life to it that belies the genres that it might be most convenient to try and shoehorn them into. Sadly the business of any reviewer is often to use generalisations to help describe what they have before them in terms that people can relate to before making their own decision whether to dip your toe in the water. All I would say to that is just go ahead and dip, sight unseen, close your eyes and jump into this one, it will be worth it.


Sonically ‘Majesty’ that opens the release channels the essence and seemingly conflicting energies of bands like ‘Rush’ and ‘The Screaming Trees’, There’s the guitar and compositional components of the former and the wide open spaces and groove of the latter. It’s a great opening.


‘Dolls and pins’ understated intro and gentle melody could almost fit Superunknown-era Soundgarden and the song drips of ‘Alice in Chains’ or smokes like ‘System of a Down’, it’s also got a set of beautifully poetic lyrics which is a constant strength throughout the release.


For something a little different ‘Ordinary Decent Cannibal’ has a roll to it that gets deeper musically to somewhere close to the alternative UK scene of the eighties, with a refrain that burns into your consciousness and brings the song into the new millennium. For me it’s a highlight that whilst not hooking you immediately creeps into the back of your mind and claims squatter’s rights.


‘Forest’ like its predecessor has a vocal that has you stabbing out at various names, but in the end I settled with a more powerful, non-nasal Brian Molko. It’s probably my favourite song after initial listens, driven by a powerful riff that propels it to a Gothic bleakness that is always understated yet simmering just below the surface, and that’s what Stu and Nevsky do so well, create something new out of the light and shade.


‘From the Heavens’ that closes the five track EP even has a smattering of guitar that fleetingly reminds me of New York’s The Strokes before building a solid groove, there’s all the elements at play here from Post Grunge to MUSE but again it’s indelibly stamped ‘Nevsky’.


This is a fine release by a great live band that you should certainly get out and see if you are in Western Australia. For me part of the magic of Nevsky Prospekt in a world where we’ve ‘heard it all before’ is their ability to reinterpret rather than engage in the art of reproduction, and when you add to that energy, passion and engaging lyrics you have something rather special.


I’m still not sure what the Sea God is so worked up about though…



Mark Diggins