Maserati
Maserati VII


3.5
great

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
October 5th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maserati further explore the electronic fields.

On their latest album, VII, Maserati further explore the electronic path they have taken with their previous offering and last with the late drummer Jerry Fuchs, Pyramid Of The Sun. No doubt Fuchs left a big gap in the band's sound, as he pretty much led the other instruments with his tight, energetic drumming. Still, new member, Mike Albanese, does a great job here behind the drum kit, even if the things have changed around a bit.

While on Pyramid Of The Sun all the synths complemented the spacey, effects laden guitars, on Maserati VII is the other way round. It would be easy to dismiss this record as vintage synth rock on a first listen, as VII sits at the crossroads between dance and rock music, however there's more to it than it seems, as the band beautifully blends genres into a really interesting, cohesive effort. Most of the post-rock leanings have been left behind, so each track is now centered around its own beat and there are more '80s sequenced electronics providing the foundation over which Coley Dennis and Matt Cherry add the guitar layers that help giving a stronger psychedelic dance feel to the tracks. Ranging from the aggressive "The Eliminator", to the funky "San Angeles", as well as the psy trance influenced "Solar Exodus", the band manages to create an extremely tight record, while still maintaining an experimental vibe.

One track that sums up the album really well is centerpiece "Abracadabracab". Clocking in at almost 11 minutes the track has a strong '80s influence and it could have very well been featured as a soundtrack to any action movie from that era. The vintage synths are really enjoyable and when the guitar layers come in they give a whole new feel to the song. Opener "San Angeles" and closer "San Tropea" offer more memorable moments, the former sporting a funky bass line and delayed guitars that mimic the sequenced synthesizers, wrapping around them really nice. The latter starts slowly, with only a drum beat and ethereal soundscapes, before bursting into a great, less distorted, dynamic dancey tune.

Unfortunately, even if the album is really nice and immediate, sometimes it feels a bit flat. There isn't much diversity to be found (as the only song that differs from the whole album formula is "Earth-Like", which harkens back to their harder sound, featuring live drums and more powerful guitars) and after more listens there's a big chance the listener will grow tired of Maserati VII. However, this flaw shouldn't stop anyone from checking it out, because it's nice to see how the band brought back the rather outdated synth sounds and tangle them with modern technology. With this direction taken, the fans can expect a lot from Maserati, as this is a transitional record and if they can add more diversity next time, no doubt they can create an excellent album.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


3398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stream the album here - http://www.avclub.com/articles/listen-to-an-exclusive-stream-of-maseratis-new-rec,85310/

Digging: Amplifier - Mystoria

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


4424 Comments


Good review, man. I'll check this out.

FearThyEvil
October 5th 2012


12545 Comments


My friend loves this band but I don't really see anything special about them.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


3398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't listened to all their albums but this one and Pyramid Of The Sun are good. I like how they blend electronic music with cool guitars.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


3398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Paperback! you should check out Pyramid too.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


4424 Comments


I will. Also, I'm almost about finished with my review fo your album, should be up by the weekend.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


3398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh, that's cool! I'm curious of what you think about the album.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


7391 Comments


Good write-up, but I'm not really willing to check this out. It's just not my thing.

Digging: Lo-Pan - Colossus

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


3398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Greg. This is by far not a bad album, but I, too, believe this is too electronic for your taste. Earth-Like might be the only song here you'd enjoy more.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


3449 Comments


Nice review man, have a pos. Doesn't exactly sound like my thing but I may give this a go nonetheless.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


3398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man. This album is really worth checking out

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 5th 2012


10594 Comments


solid band, man. Will have to check.

EverythingEvil2113
October 6th 2012


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rules.

Jips
August 9th 2013


1129 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice project, a bit one dimensional, perhaps if the song structure varied a bit more would be more compelling...

Nice gatefold 33g vinyl package with some retro prog rock artwork as well...



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