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3.88 | 52 ratings | 2 reviews | 38% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. 707 (A November Less) (9:27)
2. Mother Turtle And The Evil Mushroom part 1: The Turtle Conjuration (6:51)
3. The Elf (9:34)
4. Bridge (6:07)
5. God Games (12:16)
6. Rhinocerotic (6:48)
7. Attic (11:09)

Total Time 62:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Kostas Konstantinidis / guitars, lead & backing vocals
- Giorgos Theodoropoulos / piano, synth, sampling
- Kostis Hasopoulos / bass, fretless bass
- Giorgos Mpaltas / drums, backing vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Aristotelis Mavropoulos

CD self-released (2013, Greece)

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MOTHER TURTLE Mother Turtle ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(38%)
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Review by aapatsos
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams
3 stars A very honest and well-worked album, Mother Turtle's self-titled debut comes to add to the impressive releases from Greece in 2013 and is currently available as a "pay-as-you-wish" option from their bandcamp page.

Their sound is an amalgam of influences from the 70's, mostly relying on heavy prog and guitar rock as confirmed by the impressive opener "707" with characteristic and memorable guitar phrases, resembling to Uriah Heep (Byron era) and Greek legends Socrates Drank the Conium. Not less interesting are the more obscure moments found in "Mother Turtle And The Evil Mushroom part 1" and "Rhinocerotic", especially the latter showing an affection towards King Crimson. Often the heavier moods intertwine with mellower and jazzier passages, in the vein of Fusion Orchestra (the more adventurous) and VDGG (the more eclectic). References to more contemporary acts such as Black Bonzo can also be found on the highlight "God Games" and folksy passages find their way via the "Bridge".

Although the production is not crystal clear and the accented vocals could be improved so that Mother Turtle can make the next big step, this debut is very promising and dynamic, revealing high levels of musicianship, skill and taste.

Watch out for that Mother Turtle! 3.5 stars deserved.

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Greek band MOTHER TURTLE was formed back in 2011, originally as a jam band, using the moniker Hogweed. They decided to change their name to Mother Turtle sometime in 2012, following the realization that they really wanted to create their own music, based on common musical interests. "Mother Turtle" is their debut album, self-released in 2013.

Harder edged progressive rock of a vintage variety will probably be the facet of this band that defines them most profoundly, but as far as specific style is concerned, there's probably just as much material here with stronger ties to gentler varieties of classic progressive rock, with a band like Camel one that frequently came to mind. If you can imagine a band that picks bits and pieces from Uriah Heep, Deep Purple and Rush, and blends them into fairly sophisticated compositions with more of a Camel-tinged direction, you should have an indication about what this album is all about. If that sounds interesting, you might want to give this one a spin.

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