Formed in Moscow by Alex ‘Kaza’ Kazachev (guitar, vocals), Denis ‘Memphis Dead’ Petrov (bass), and Konstantin Sosnin (drums), EVIL COSMONAUT is an energetic amped-up garage-power-rock band with strong blues, boogie, classic hard rock, doom and stoner metal influences. The trio started performing in 2008 and won over many fans with their loud, unfashionably raucous, and always bluesy fuzz-rock. Four-song demo appeared later that year, and it took the local community of hard-rock revivalists by storm. Taste their sound at EVIL COSMONAUT Bandcamp page.
Evil Cosmonaut / We Have Landed (2011) / CD $11.00
“We Have Landed”, – state EVIL COSMONAUT with their debut full-length album! Do you think that modern heavy-rock revivalists have nothing to show except of the chewing long-familiar riffs and mirroring all-known idols of their youth? Do you think that they are all washed-up and have nothing to offer to your experience? So take a deep breath and try this… Certified favorites of the Moscow’s stoned underground, EVIL COSMONAUT have come a long way since their first EP. And here they go again with nine new songs performed with undoubting confidence and great energy of purpose. This is the three-on-the-floor loud and heavy stoner-blues-and-roll attack with hoarse throat singing, and hero-pulp lyrics which reminds the stories from old American pulp-fiction magazines. Whether you call it “stoner rock”, “garage rock”, “boogie rock” or whatever… we hope you dig into this album. We could imagine how the rest of the world sees Mother Russia. But here is a grotesque story of how Russians see themselves and the rest of the world… (9 tracks – 42 min.)
"...This is simple, straight-ahead kick-ass rock that is not meant to be taken too seriously and once listened to with that in mind, it is mostly a all-round winner. We Have Landed doesn't break any new ground, nor does it excite with astounding riffage but it is infectious and instantly enjoyable just the same so don't expect too much, just pop open a beer and crank this one up and you should dig what they have to offer. (Score: 7/10)" – by Ed Barnard of Doommantia (USA) (January 2012).
"We Have Landed seems to be asking for enjoyment on its own terms, which beg little indulgence and offer substance enough to hold up the jokes and the fun. Whether it’s the intricacy of tone or the rawness of presentation, Evil Cosmonaut balance creativity and familiarity in a natural way and however conscious of structure and overall flow they might be, they don’t make it obvious. The performances on We Have Landed could be tighter, but I almost think the album would lose some of its charm if they were, and since charm is so much of what it has going for it, my inclination is to leave it alone. Cool record, unassuming, unpretentious, heavy rocking. I’m not about to fuck with that formula. It probably won’t change your worldview, but its aims are nowhere near that lofty." – by H.P. Taskmaster of The Obelisk (USA) (January 2012).
The album was reviewed at: Metal Library's interview with Evil Cosmonaut (Russia), Lords Of Metal (The Netherlands), DPRP (UK).
Evil Cosmonaut / s-t demo (2008) / CD-R N/A
4-track demo-recording by EVIL COSMONAUT. Produced at FM Divion studios in October 2008. (4 tracks – 14 min.)
Read about: The Spot's interview with Evil Cosmonaut (Russia), Darkside (Russia).