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The Gourishankar


Eclectic Prog

3.75 | 80 ratings

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3 stars This is a new group that I hadn't heard of before. I don't have much experience with Russian prog bands and can't really make any comments on how this group compares with other Russian prog bands. One thing I can say is that I see much potential for this band. Reviews of their second album seem to confirm that they have improved, but here on their debut you can tell there is some room for growth and development in their compositions.

This band is in the eclectic prog genre and that seems like a genuine fit after listening to this album, though their sound is decidedly leaning towards neo prog to my ears, with occasional heavier moments and some electronica aspects in places. They remind me of a combination of bands, including Enchant, A.C.T., Marillion, Dream Theater, Rush, and even hints of Gentle Giant.

The compositions seem to jump around quite a bit, as if they are trying to fit every idea into every song. At times it becomes a bit confusing and disjointed, sometimes becoming a serious distraction. The vocals for me are the low point. They are often buried in the mix and what can be heard isn't done very well and is sometimes clouded by the singer's accent. This area needs some work in my opinion. Disjointed songs work for some groups, but not this one and I would recommend developing an idea instead of throwing many together in a patchwork. The group definitely has talent and all members are skilled on their instruments, particularly the guitar and keyboard work.

Three stars for a fairly decent first effort. I will keep their second album on my list as reviews of that one seem to suggest its better than this one and shows much improvement.

progaeopteryx | 3/5 |


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