AICAN is a Yekaterinburg based instrumental post-prog band currently featuring Roman Varaksin on drums, Maxim Shein on bass, and Vitaly 'Krikston' Pereladov on guitars.
The band was formed in 2009, originally consisted of four members - Roman Varaksin on drums, Ilya Maltsev and Vitaly Pereladov on guitars, Vyacheslav Bal on bass - and was dedicated to the concept of so called Evolution Rock, absorbing the influences from both prog-rock and experimental music. AICAN disbanded shortly after completing their debut album "Art Saves/Kills", but very soon re-emerged as a trio with a new bass guitarist onboard. It took the reformed line-up almost five years to compose, record, and produce new material that demonstrates a growing interest in more complex, epic, conceptual, and cinematic forms of modern instrumental rock music.
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Performed and recorded by the trio of Roman Varaksin (drums), Maxim Shein (bass), and Vitaly Pereladov (guitars), "Don't Go Deep Into The Forest" is a conceptual album telling a fairy tale about the travelling through a mysterious forest full of secrets, magic, temptations, and strange creatures. After finding himself alone on the shore of a beautiful and dreamy lake somewhere in the forest thicket, the traveller suddenly understands where to find answers to all his questions... So, follow AICAN through their mystical voyage and enjoy all instrumental music that absorbs and transforms influences from diverse progressive and experimental musical styles. Original illustration and cover design by Lena Kotek. (4 tracks - 52 min.)
CD: $13.00 / Digital Download: $8.00
Free streaming or immediate digital download of the album (MP3, FLAC or other formats) will be available through Official R.A.I.G. Bandcamp.
More reviews: Musikreviews.de (Germany).
Combining influences from classic rock to metal and from fusion to ambient, AICAN create instrumental music that can turn from heartfelt melodies to all-out tense and thundering therapy. Art Saves/Kills, their debut album is an intriguing musical journey that leads listeners through a wide range of emotions without even needing words. The band has moody alt-rock sound, but one listen makes it clear that they have an obvious understanding of the power dynamics and are charting a complicated rockier course, with definite experimental-prog and avant-prog influences. (7 tracks – 46 min.)
CD: $11.00 / Digital Download: $7.00
Free streaming or immediate digital download of the album (in your choice of MP3-320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire) is available through Official R.A.I.G. Bandcamp.
"Art Saves/Kills is a worthy if not groundbreaking debut for Aican, and this is certainly a band worth keeping an eye out for in the future for they show enough ability here to indicate that they could be capable of producing something special down the line. (Conclusion: 6.5 out of 10)" – by Roger Trenwith at DPRP (UK) (January 2012).
"Aican have created a moody and heavy, yet melodic, debut album that has tons of upside, but more importantly, reveals a lot of promise for the future as well. (Score: 3.5 out of 5)" – by Ryan Sparks at Sea Of Tranquility (USA) (January 2012).
|CD (RAIG) | DD||$11.00 | $7.00|
|CD (RAIG) | DD||$13.00 | $8.00|