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Gomorrha - I Turned To See Whose Voice It Was CD (album) cover




Heavy Prog

3.20 | 47 ratings

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3 stars Gomorrah is a heavy psych prog german band, consisting of no less than six musicians although i must say their sound is not so diverse, i heard 4 piece bands that were much more diverse sounding than them, but that's not saying anything about their music. This, their second album and also their last, released in 1972 only a year after their debut is a big improvement in every way, in song writing, production and playing. Out goes the 60's influences of their previous work, the music now is a mix of hard rock, blues and heavy progressive. The writing is not so complex although the playing is very good and you know you are facing a very capable band. The band emphasis is on the excellent guitar and the heavy rhythm created by the rhythm section. There are some very good ideas carried out like they should and some mediocare ideas where the band chose to go to a controversial direction. They also include some improvisation into their music and there is a slight feel in about half the songs that the band is jamming, more than following something written. The songs are never bad but they are also not that great, they fail to reach any great heights, that would really raise the album from mediocrity. Keys are also incorporated but they are not evident at all and doesn't add anything special to the music, although it really could use that help. Vocals are the weakest link of the chain, singer Peter Otten doesn't have a great voice and neither can he really sing, his vocals ranges from ok to not good. Although in some cases I feel like a band can do better than what they did, in this case I feel Gomorrah pretty much gave us everything they could. It seems the band is not interested or should i say couldn't write complex prog songs, but settled on writing a few ideas and giving them extended versions while improvising on them.

Highlights in the album if i must say is maybe the closing track 'Titish Child' featuring excellent guitars on top of a good rhythm and some very good drums too. 'Opening Of The Sealed Book' is another goodie featuring a cool guitar riff, but i think with a little more work they could make it a real killer song. Other songs, all contain very good moments but the overall song, as a whole suffers from mediocare vocals, boring improvisation and mediocare material. Overall it's a good addition to your collection but hardly essential, that would maybe appeal more to guitar freaks that can't get enough of that 70's guitars, like me!

Sagichim | 3/5 |


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