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2ND HANDS

The Gourishankar

 

Eclectic Prog

3.93 | 149 ratings

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el böthy
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3 stars You know how you are always in the look for the next big thing? Ah, no, not your case? well, excuse me... but it certainly is my case.

New comers The Gourishankar´s release 2nd Hand is certainly one of the most talked about debut albums in prog since quite some time, and there is a good reason for it. Varied, polished, dinamic; this band is the very essence of Eclectic prog! There are so many things going on, so many genres, metal, folk, polka, symphonic, art rock, new wave, techno, house... etc...so, doubtlessly, there must be something for everyone. And there is. There is.

Of course if there is something for everyone, there must also be something not for everyone here, right? Well, yes! And I can tell you what some of those things can be... ´80´s synths. Endless drama, the second track of the album, seems to be a New Order song (if they got a bit prog of course), and if not heard in a "right" situation, it can get quite irritating, I know I can´t always listen to it. But, if you indeed like this genre, you will love this song, and parts of other songs where these synths appear.

The musicianship is top notch. Each musician knows it´s instrument very, very good. Dream Theater is a clear influence, as is Rush, specially in the singers voice, but then again, which band, which genre, which song has not influenced The Gourishankar? Really, there seems to be a bit of everything ever played here. Every song changes hundered of times, melodies come and go, time signatures arrive just to be replaced a few seconds later. Now, this is both good and bad. If you are into that frantic ever changing music, where every second is squeezed in order to never have a dull moment, man, this is heaven for you! Now, if you are more of an atmospheric, mood fan, then this might not pleace you, as the constant changes leave little room for moods, and the music might even sound a bit cold for some. Mmm, maybe The Gourishankar aren´t that much of a band with something for everyone after all...

Personally I think this is a good debut, for any band, it´s not a masterpiece by any means, but it´s very good. Personally I feel like it needs a bit more of balance between the constant, rapid changes and some calmer, more atmospheric parts. Also, even thought many genres are mixed together, I see (nor hear) little innovation. It´s not enough to play a thousend genres if you are not gonna do something new with them... but that´s just me, and this is just the first of what I hope will be a pretty good discography by The Gourishankar.

el böthy | 3/5 |

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