Yuri Gagarin
At The Center Of All Infinity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
December 1st, 2015 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I see no God up here...

For those who have yet to delve into Yuri Gagarin's work, this is a Swedish instrumental space rock group that quickly managed to assemble a loyal underground following from the moment their self-titled debut was released in 2013. The band's formula isn't very intricate, relying instead on the huge atmosphere the instruments create. Also, repetition is essential in this type of music, as it manages to induce you in a lovely trance, while they work wonders.

Two years later, Yuri Gagarin are back with a sophomore effort, entitled At The Center Of All Infinity. I had high expectations and I am happy to admit there's improvement on all grounds. Even though the album doesn't stray from its predecessor, it's okay, because at this point it really shouldn't. These guys had to continue working on their chemistry and that's exactly what happened. The sweeping echoes give way to 'The New Order', taking off in a characteristic fashion: the bass and drums get locked in a circular pattern, whereas the guitars start floating around. One usually adds a layer to the rhythm section, while the other drowns you in solos. Moreover, 'Cluster of Minds' brings some heavy riffage into the mix, yet it transcends to some more melodic chords towards the end, setting the mood for the dynamic centerpiece, 'In The Abyss'. Representative for the entire record, this track does a great job switching from powerful jamming to memorable grooves. The synthesizer constantly working in the background creates those really cool, windy sound scapes, that reminisce cold winter nights out in the open where all you can hear and feel is the freezing wind. In this case, it might represent the surroundings our astronaut witnesses during his wanderings (check the gorgeous cover).

The band gives the listener a break with the subdued, effects-soaked interlude, 'I See No God Up Here', only to pave the way for the substantial climax. The title track is arguably the heaviest and most focused cut on the record, yet the one that takes the prize is 'Oblivion'. It's the perfect finale to such a huge, psychedelic journey. The buzzing guitars take the forefront as always, however, the hard hitting riffs are balanced with some epic melodic lines and solos, offering closure to all previous sonic explorations. There's a lot of structured chaos on At The Center Of All Infinity and Yuri Gagarin are getting better and better at it. This is a straightforward, fun album you can easily enjoy.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2015


4883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album with an awesome cover.



Stream the entire record here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boa96c7uOSM

Digging: Mark Lanegan - Somebody's Knocking

Archelirion
December 1st 2015


5871 Comments


The jams here are seemingly neverending; In The Abyss and the title track in particular are so damn cool :] Gonna pick it up tomorrow when it hits Bandcamp.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2015


4883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I would love a vinyl. I want that artwork as big as it can be lol.

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 1st 2015


32512 Comments


Intrigued.

Digging: Patrick Watson - Wave

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2015


4883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's great stuff Sowing, check it out!

SharkTooth
December 1st 2015


14137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome album

TheBarber
December 1st 2015


3828 Comments


I hope this jams

anarchistfish
December 1st 2015


27821 Comments


why do stoner/post metal albums always have the best artworks

Digging: Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿

anarchistfish
December 1st 2015


27821 Comments


sounds decent although not really my style of music. i'll get stoned af tonight and listen to it whilst staring at the artwork

Archelirion
December 1st 2015


5871 Comments


Barber, this jams so hard it's practically on another plane of jamness.

SharkTooth
December 1st 2015


14137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol

ProjectFreak
December 1st 2015


3925 Comments


I have been listening to tons of instrumental stuff lately, I'll check this out

MotokoKusanagi
December 1st 2015


2303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

closing track on this is a serious jam, me gusta. only listened one time through

Digging: Audio Safari - Urunosora

SharkTooth
December 1st 2015


14137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rating is 2 low smh

tacos n stuff
December 1st 2015


3181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This may be better than the debut, its just a non stop jam ride

brainmelter
December 1st 2015


6666 Comments


Damn, this sound pre cool, will cheek

Digging: Common Holly - When I say to you Black Lightning

dbizzles
December 1st 2015


13488 Comments


Yeah, I'm smoking some pot to this tonight even if it sucks.
EDIT: Not that anything here points in that direction.

Jimmy
December 1st 2015


729 Comments


Just started listening and I'm instantly reminded of Acid Mothers Temple.

humandoorstop
December 1st 2015


63 Comments


So much enthusiasm!! Not gonna smoke up while listening to this. Marijuanas are lethal.

tacos n stuff
December 2nd 2015


3181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you gotta be careful with that shit

my friend almost od'd after injecting 6 WHOLE marijuanas.



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