Russian heavy rockers STARIFIED unleash sludgy and addictive new track « Scapegoat »; new album ‘Fat Hits’ out January 15th on Ripple Music!
Moscow heavy rockers STARIFIED unleash a sludgy and fist-pumping new track taken from their upcoming third full-length « Fat Hits », due out January 15th on Ripple Music. Stream « Scapegoat » exclusively via MXDWN now!
Moscow heavy rock trio STARIFIED‘s aptly-titled third album ‘Fat Hits’ is a beast of infectious hooks, propelled by knockout clean vocals from drummer Vadim Ambartsumian and an unabashed nod to the 90s grunge scene. It conjures up an irresistible FM heavy aura, having you hooked all throughout its41 minutes of straight-up, energetic rock that harks back to bands as various as Soundgarden, Foo Fighters or Orange Goblin.
« The Russian band combines the influence of Soundgarden and Alice in Chains and gives it a contemporary update, most notably taking influence from today’s growing heavy-psych movement. “Scapegoat” is a dynamic rock song that weaves through a barrage of hard-hitting guitar riffs, aggressive but melodic vocals and plenty of bona fide rockstar attitude. » describe MXDWN editor Matt Matasci.
⚡️ Get heavy with new single « Scapegoat » HERE ⚡️
STARIFIED comment: « On Scapegoat we attempted to explore the fate of a person who must face a new reality. What would you do outside your comfort zone? Are you ready to be weak or to lose? Is there a guarantee that you will not become a scapegoat one day? You can trace down some Black Sabbath in the main riff, plus some psychedelic inlays in the song’s second half. We have added some Theremin vox sounds there as well as creepy voice played backwards. We recorded Scapegoat first with our producer Artem Shcherbakov and this song became our reference for the remaining 9 songs on “Fat Hits”. All of the songs on “Fat Hits” are different and draw from various influences, genres and states of mind. You will see it when it comes out this January 15th on Ripple Music. » Prior to « Scapegoat », STARIFIED released a fun-laden video for « Don Loco« , as well as an epic cover of Thin Lizzy’s « Cold Sweat« . New album ‘Fat Hits’ will be available on January 15th on vinyl, CD and digital through Ripple Music.
STARIFIED is a hard-hitting, groovy and heavy rock trio founded in Moscow in 2017 and powered by drummer and vocalist Vadim Ambartsumian, Yuriy Berezovik on guitar and Dmitri Shurpakov on bass. STARIFIED‘s new album ‘Fat Hits’ is the follow-up to their 2018 outing CSBR Records outing ‘Feathers’, which found the band revamped from a five-piece to a trio, with just guitarist Yuriy Berezovik and bassist Dmitri Shurpakov carried over from the original lineup on the prior 2017 self-titled debut. The newcomer in this pared down version of the group for ‘Feathers’ was lead vocalist/drummer Vadim Ambartsumian, and he continues to make an impression as Starified strip away excess from their songwriting and refine their material on ‘Fat Hits’.
From the opening bruiser “Scapegoat” through “Don Loco” and the sans-frills structures of “What If” and “Anti-Rebel,” ‘Fat Hits’ is clean and sharp in its production and holds its purpose in the songcraft, but isn’t to be taken lightly in terms of performance. Less “a drummer who sings” than both a drummer and a vocalist, Vadim Ambartsumian casts a significant presence and is forward in the mix, but he, Berezovik and Shurpakov are all pretty clearly on the same page when it comes to knowing what they want their sound to do, and that would seem to be to engage as many ears as possible. (Words by JJ Koczan)
Vadim Ambartsumian – vocals, drums
Yuriy Berezovik – guitars
Dmitri Shurpakov – bass guitar