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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.40 | 18 ratings

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GURTH is a Spanish band; they've been hanging around for 10 years or so, but their official debut was released only this Spring by Russian Prog-Rock MALS label. I frequently write for MALS, they seem to be the most interesting and prominent label on post-USSR scene along with more experimental R.A.I.G. formation, and the fact that MALS already releases foreing bands like GURTH made me even more interested.

I had some doubts whether I'd like the stuff GURTH guys playing. I ain't big Fusion fan (he-he, got only 2 reviews for the genre!), but eclectic stuff sometimes is what you may enjoy without any signs of down- the-throat attitude. GURTH play tasty. They are tasteful, that's it. If you're a musician, you'll get unforgettable minutes of joy and fun listening to these guys, with a smile of satisfaction on your face. They sing very rare, play mostly in complex signatures, tracks never seem to drag, all of them vary in mood and colouring, and even if it's not the most melodic stuff I heard, they have groove, which is sometimes more prominent thing to achieve. My personal favourite is pre-last track 'Juga'mi' - amazing! Extremely melodical and radio-friendly, but gentle and sincere.

What more should I add? GURTH sounds professional, with bits of Andaluz Prog flashing here and there (Erik Neuteboom would love it!), some Canterbury and Symphonic added too. GURTH looks pretty fun, at least, the album's booklet is made in some kind of 'Picasso on weed' manner! Isn't this yet another prove, that Prog and Humour are related? Anyway, if you want to check what's new in Fusion in 2008, 'Tormentes' is the first thing you should start with: good old-fashioned balanced Fusion, but also eclectic and hot! Recommended

Prog-jester | 4/5 |


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