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Steve Hegede
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5 stars The music on GOTIC's 1977 release "Escenes" surprised me at first. While I was expecting prog rock with strong Spanish influences and a dark "Gothic" sort of sound, what I got instead was optimistic-sounding instrumental music with a strong French-prog sound. GOTIC's light, yet complex, style of jazz-prog is mostly led by flute and Rhodes piano. Once in a while I hear Hammond organ, violin, and Moog synth, but the majority of the music is led by flute while the Rhodes piano sketches out countermelodies and jazzy chords underneath. After my second listen, this band reminded me of a less complex version of the French-Canadian band MANEIGE mixed with the flute-heavy riffs from French band DÜN (without the Zeuhl factor), and the jazzy sounds from Spain's ICEBERG around the time of "Coses Nostres". GOTIC put out one of the best albums from the Spanish prog scene of the late 70s. I wouldn't rate it as high as MEZQUITA, or ICEBERG's "Sentiments", but something about this music pushes it above FUSIOON's MINORISA and IMAN CALIFATO INDEPENDENTE.
Steve Hegede | 5/5 |


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