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2ND HANDS

The Gourishankar

 

Eclectic Prog

3.95 | 142 ratings

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Rivertree
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Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions
4 stars What is higher than this mountain?

Amazing - a very innovative album from this russian band. No subgenre or style is leaved out - cannot remember that I've heard such a various mix before - and even successful! So it would make me crazy if I had the job to categorize them to a subgenre of Progressive Rock. Never mind - better prefer listening to this excellent production - with headphones of course.

Very remarkable is the use of TripHop/Downbeat elements similar to the band ARCHIVE for example. This makes the whole release very unique in my opinion. Moon7 contains 10 minutes of nearly overburdened variety, sometimes releaxed and trippy, sometimes retro and folk, sometimes melodic prog metal. This song is exciting like fireworks. Endless Drama - the start reminds me at COLLAGE - is nearly in the same way. With the short Taste a Cake THE GOURISHANKAR serves somewhat new, only using piano and viola, just intending to blend into another mood.

The Inexpressible Chagrin is a nice melancholic track with saxophon/flute and the following two songs are beautiful atmospheric: Syx as an instrumental and End near to SIEGES EVEN's 'The Art Of Navigating By The Stars'. As good and impressing as the album begins then we have the last and long track Marvelous Choice with a stronger symphonic direction.

After working together for five years THE GOURISHANKAR has reached maturity - '2nd Hands' has turned out well! 4.5 stars.

Rivertree | 4/5 |

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