So this is my first-born \ To tell the truth is born in pain \ But this meal was incredibly enjoyable \ I'm probably a masochist \ Can to judge strictly or not, but for me it is the first experience \ And I mostly pleased with the result \ In this mini-site, I will post all information and media pertaining to this EP, which would in the future be updated the main site and not lose that part of my life \ I hope that after years i'll smile as i see this \ No matter from what is dying, but it is important how to live \ Thank you all. (If I'm not talking to a wall.) \ Mike Repp \ P.S. Sorry for English (Secondary school + Google translate).
LOGICAL EXTENDED single
Digital Download: 4 tracks EP + Digital Cover (PDF)
and Promo Video for "Logical"
Tracklist: Hysteria | Logical | Reason | Waves: 1.Main 2.Last
Limited Digipack CD (Including Digital Download
of EP): Only 100 was made with first short
(SOLA) band name. Signed to you personally. (Photo)
Including Single Cover.
Mikhail Aleksandrovich Kiselev, a.k.a. Mikhail Alexander Repp, is a 30-year-old instrumentalist who lives in Moscow, Russia. Being 30 years-old in 2013 means that Kiselev was only a pre-teen when the Soviet Union ended in 1991, and the Russian music scene has evolved considerably since his childhood. Metal, which was very underground in Russia during the pre-glasnost days of the Soviet Union, has become much more plentiful in Russia. And Kiselev puts an instrumental spin on metal on this digital four-song EP by his one-man project Sola Sonido.
With a name like Sola Sonido, one might expect to hear some type of Latin influence on Waves of the Same Insane. But Sola Sonido’s EP isn’t Latin at all, regardless of that name. When one listens to Waves of the Same Insane in iTunes, the description that comes up is “industrial punk.” And while that description isn’t terribly far off base, a better description would be “a blend of metal, industrial rock and punk that draws on the guitar shredder sound of the 1980s and 1990s.”
Who were the shredders? The shredders were guitar-playing hard rock instrumentalists like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, and Kiselev does bring some of that Vai/Satriani influence to “Waves,” “Reason,” “Logical” and “Hysteria” (the EP’s four selections). But none of those songs is a carbon copy of what Vai and Satriani did in their heyday. Vai and Satriani were not influenced by alternative rock, industrial rock or punk, whereas on the ominous “Hysteria,” the aggressive “Waves” or the forceful “Reason,” Kiselev’s affection for industrial rock and punk comes through. The guitar playing has a shredder-ish enjoyment of virtuosity, but the production on this EP is industrialized in a way that Vai and Satriani never were.
Industrial rock, of course, was quite diverse during its 1980s/1990s heyday. Industrial rock gave us everyone from Skinny Puppy, Einstürzende Neubauten, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails to KMFDM and the Revolting Cocks. And the industrialized riffing on “Hysteria” and “Reason” has some things in common with the metal side of industrial (Ministry and Godflesh). Yet melodically, Kiselev’s work also has some things in common with Nine Inch Nails. Waves of the Same Insane is not brutal and abrasive in the way that Skinny Puppy were brutal and abrasive; the industrialization on “Logical,” “Reason” and “Waves” is a very nuanced industrialization. In fact, “Logical” starts out sounding more like ambient electronica than metal, punk or industrial rock. It isn’t until about one minute and a half into the tune that the guitar playing really becomes metallic and the industrial and punk elements kick in. Before that part, one might actually mistake “Logical” for an ambient recording, or perhaps some type of progressive rock. Waves of the Same Insane is relevant to heavy rock, but Sola Sonido has a great deal of nuance and intricacy and never sounds like an exercise in bombast for the sake of bombast. Sola Sonido is consistently musical.
In his publicity bio, Kiselev indicates that he is an introvert (at least where his music is concerned). Kiselev writes: “I do not give concerts, I do not give speeches in public. I just sit in my home studio and write music.” And listening to “Reason,” “Logical” or “Waves,” one can see that. Despite their aggression, these performances also have a somewhat reflective quality. That is especially true of “Logical.”
Comparisons to Nine Inch Nails or Ministry are not meant to imply that this EP has any vocals. Again, Waves of the Same Insane is strictly instrumental. But one doesn’t need lyrics to be affected by the riffs and melodies of Nine Inch Nails or Ministry.
Waves of the Same Insane is not a remarkable listen, but it’s a decent, intriguing listen. And Kiselev’s ability to be influenced by shredders, metal, industrial and punk at the same time speaks well of the eclectic Moscow resident.
Waves of the Same Insane
Review by Alex Henderson
3 stars out of 5