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Grey Mouse, Russia


News: No posts from the band since August 21 (not long after I first published this), and their website is kaput. Hopefully it's just a temporary break.


Location: Moscow

Overview: Here's another exciting space rock band emanating from the far Eastern European region, this time coming from Russia. They can best be described as Central Asiatic ethnic music meets psychedelic space rock - with female vocals. Somewhat like a meeting of Vespero and Ole Lukkoye.

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