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December 2014
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Interview: Mumiy Troll - Russian Mummy Monsters Invade!

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Interview: Mumiy Troll - Russian Mummy Monsters Invade!

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If you think Mumiy Troll’s whole “Russian Rolling Stones” thing is a marketing gimmick, all you gotta do is click to the links below.


Ilya Lagutenko ravages upstroked rhythms out of his Gibson Melody Maker while Yuri Tsaler wails on a Telecaster Custom before bringing things down at 2:40 with Andy Summers-like arpeggios awash in modulated echo—and then the whole band explodes with seething energy and badass double-stops until the quirky close.


Yuri Tsaler conjures twang-tastic Strat tones tinged with delicious echo during this 2008 performance of “Alien Visitor.”


Ilya Lagutenko uses his Martin acoustic-electric to whip a crowd of untold thousands into a sing-along frenzy that builds and builds in tempo until the 4:00 mark, at which point Tsaler launches into Gilmouresque leads that languish in the huge Russian square like post-climax cigarette smoke as the band brings things down in a very Dark Side of the Moon manner.

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