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3.75 | 75 ratings

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4 stars This sinister album from Gargamel is retro-prog which doesn't sound very retro - perhaps because the most obvious classic-era prog touchstones the band draw on are mid-1970s Van der Graaf Generator and King Crimson, bands which sounded miles ahead of their time in their heyday. With sneering vocals which at points remind me of a less garishly theatrical Alice Cooper (circa Billion Dollar Babies) and brooding soundscapes which include plenty of modern influences (there's more than a touch of post-rock at points), Gargamel create an album which is at once true to its symphonic forebears and yet at the same time is very forward-thinking and advances the genre substantially. Despite the retro-prog tag, I'd say Gargamel are doing much, much more than simply pandering to nostalgia.
Warthur | 4/5 |


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