CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

October 2007

It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV

Igor: myspace aleinikigor@yahoo.com * Maxim: karma74@mail.ru

A few months ago I received a demo from Igor Aleinik, a Russian heavy metal head, now based in Melbourne. Two weeks later, via registered post, I signed for a demo direct from Russia itself from one Maxim Batov (pictured). Wow, I though, the Russians are coming!

Their music couldn’t be anymore different.

Igor Aleinik has a finished album called Gods of War all ready to go and it was recorded in St Petersburg in Russia and Toronto in Canada. It starts off with a folksy carnival polka that makes you believe you are listening to some authentic gypsy band, but then along comes ‘Alligator Son’ which starts off with a high pitched metal scream that goes on for 12 seconds over the drums before the rifferama takes over. It’s pretty much that way for the rest of the album, give or take a lighter-waving ballad here or and there. Guitar solos that would make Eddie Van Halen get all pee-shy. More chunky riffs that would send Metallica back to pre-school. Maybe the song titles will give you an idea of the slopes Igor traverses: ‘Deathrider’, ‘The Phoenix’, ‘Time To Kill’, ‘Burn In Hell’, ‘Lonely Rider’, ‘When the Smoke Gets Cleared’. You get the picture. Unfortunately there is no picture of Igor. But we’re sure he’s tough…like his music. ‘Falling Stars’, in particular, was a standout. Credit where credit's due: All the smokin' lead guitar (except on one track) by Mark Davies and Andrew Dyatloff.

And like I said, a couple of weeks later via a knock on the door by a postie I had to sign for! was Maxim Batov’s cd, which I can only describe as cheesy, schmaltzy instrumentals. What you get is electric piano over what sounds like casio drum beats and the occasional synth bass to help it along. Maxim says in his bio: ‘I play professionally on many tools, but actually and in the soul the composer, I love tool music and songs. I love music!!!' In Moscow many groups use my songs.’ It took me a while to work out what he meant by ‘tool’ and I’ve finally cracked it: instrument. He can play any instrument and loves instrumental music. -ND





other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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