Demon is the latest offering from Norwegian Progressive Rock sextet Gazpacho. The band’s name reflects the eclectic mix of musical styles which each member has, and indeed brings to the group. Having formed in 1996, the group have had a steady stream of releases and the follow up to 2012’s March of Ghosts is another truly exceptional piece of musicianship. The record opens with ‘I’ve Been Walking Part 1’, the stronger of both of this two part song. The theme of Demon is based on a conversation that keyboardist Thomas Andersen had with his father some years ago. He spoke of an old manuscript that he found at an apartment in Prague, in it were the recordings of a previous resident. The subject was a dark force moving through history. According to the band, “He claimed to have discovered the source of what he called an evil presence in the world. This presence, ‘The Demon’, was an actual intelligent will, with no mercy and a desire for bad things to happen. The author wrote as if he had lived for thousands of years stalking this presence and the manuscript contains references to outdated branches of mathematics, pagan religions unknown to the present world and an eyewitness account of the bubonic plague”. Pretty intense subject matter, yet in Jan Henrik Ohme, they have a great frontman with a unique style, complementing the sound very well and enables the listener to visualise the lyrics superbly. Each track is a real pleasure to listen to and is bursting with creativity and emotion. If you can pick up a copy, then check out the digibook CD version, which has an exclusive bonus track ‘The Cage’.
Demon is available through KScope now.
Jan Henrik Ohme (Vocals), Jon-Arne Vilbo (Guitars), Thomas Andersen (Keyboards, Programming), Lars Erik Asp (Drums), Kristian Torp (Bass), Mikael Krømer (Violin, Mandolin).
Wild Years of Remorse and Failures is a reissue of two albums by Stroszek. It incorporates the albums ‘Songs of Remorse’ and ‘Life Failures Made Music’ as well as the ‘Wild Hunt’ EP and two cover songs. The albums were originally released between 2007-2009 and were notoriously difficult to obtain hence the re-release. Both albums have been remastered and the ‘Songs of Remorse’ album has had all its vocals re-recorded. The musical style is an acoustic folk combination mixed with dark rock. Clean vocals on the tracks immediately set Stroszek apart from most groups in the dark rock genre as well as the use of acoustic guitars. The first album ‘Remorse’ has a strong folk band or country music feel with acoustics and gentle drums punctuated with the occasional burst of electric guitars and heavier drum beats merging with the melancholic vocals. Stand out tracks on the first album include a cover version of Dick Curless’ ‘Bury the Bottle with Me’ ‘The Railroad Track’ and ‘Sand’. The second album ‘Failures’ has a heavier rock sound compared to ‘Remorse’ with a more oppressive theme of sadness and despair complemented with some dark metal style riffs and heavy drums reinforcing the theme of failure. It still retains the acoustic sound but it’s not as prevalent as it was in ‘Remorse’ with more songs employing electric guitars. Highlights for ‘Failures’ include another cover song, this time Townes Van Zandt’s ‘Tecumseh Valley’, whilst elsewhere ‘Land of Silence and Darkness’ and ‘Secret of the Earth‘ sound splendid. In Conclusion Wild Years of Remorse and Failures is a great album for those curious about Stroszek and long-time fans eager to hear how their old favourites sound remastered. It also provides an opportunity for those who missed out first time around to get their hands on a copy. It’s an extremely accomplished collection of two fine works (Personally ‘Remorse’ just wins in the better album contest) and on the evidence of this it isn’t difficult to see why it has been so difficult to get hold of.
C. (Vocals & Guitar), Davide (Bass), Richard (Drums).
Here at Feedback we love our jobs and we are lucky enough to get to hear new releases from bands and artists to check out. One band in particular which has caught our attention of late is Montréal, Canada quartet Milanku. They have recently unleashed their jaw dropping release Pris à La Gorge via Moment of Collapse records. Music like that of Milanku’ is the reason we do what we do, letting people know about awesome bands and music that should be heard around the world more. Pris à La Gorge is eight songs of flawlessly executed Post-Hardcore/Post Rock clocking in just shy of sixty minutes. Opening number ‘La Chute’ is a slow burning masterpiece and has to be the albums Pièce de Résistance. Vocals are few and far between and the group let the music do the talking and it works. ‘L’inclination’ has a pile driving rhythm and some short slow intersections that build the anticipation and expectation of the group to break into top gear. ‘Antalgie’ rages with pitiless intensity and is one of the shorter songs here at just over five minutes in length. Final track ‘Antigone’ is a beautiful instrumental piece that closes the record perfectly, featuring a slow and spectral banjo melody. In our opinion, this is a release that can be revisited time and time again, it just keeps on giving. The album is obtainable on black vinyl now through German label Moment of Collapse. Check them out!
Carl Ruest, Guillaume Chamberland, Hubert Taschereau, Guillaume Boudreau-Monty
Moment Of Collapse