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ESCENES

G̣tic

 

Symphonic Prog

4.07 | 132 ratings

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Luciana Aun
4 stars From the Catalonian region, Gotic was a beautiful progressive band that emerged in the late '70s.

At the time, there was some rumors that Gotic had recorded a second album that was in the possession of its owners and had never been released. Finally, for more than three decades, they decided to allow this material and released on CD with the name of 'Gegants I Serpentines', which is also an excellent record.

Today, I'm gonna describe the first work recorded in '78 that has become essential to any progressive symphonic adept. Even released in a time when the genre was already half agonized, the band was careful to create melodies in complex and diversified instrumentations, maintaining a refined essence which reminds us of the golden years of the European movement.

This is an entirely instrumental record with diversified atmospheres, passing through fragments of Folk, combined to a more jazzy section where flutes, Hammond and a flashy Fender Rhodes form the essence of its execution. The low-battery junction is not enough to be so virtuous but with some clear creativity.

The guitar has more simplified segments and timid appearance but however, extreme beauty and essential importance. The short solos are very melodic and intricate, clearly referring in certain passages to the technique used by Andy Latimer specifically on the album 'Snow Goose'.

The beautiful layers of keyboards in the slow passages are alternated with the textures and melodies displayed on Moog's strong solos, which come as a welcome surprise in certain passages, making the record gain a certain weight and even more quality.

"Escenes" is nothing more than an excellent album coming from a land where unfortunately, the progressive was not so notorious. I believe that if it had been launched by a British or Italian group at the same time, there is no doubt that we would now reverence them as one of the pillars of the genre.

Once again, I notice that this is an essential record for those who really take Progressive Rock seriously.

Luciana Aun | 4/5 |

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