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THE GAK OMEK is actually Robert Burger, one of the two core members of New Jersey-based space rock band BRAINSTATIK since 1995. He stepped into the solo career in early 2000's. His albums under THE GAK OMEK project are entirely his songwriting units, and most of it was produced by himself; he also plays guitar and guitar-synth. His debut was entirely played by him; the second album features Glenn Robitaille on acoustic and electronic drums (of BRAINSTATIK) and Dave Cashin on additional keyboards.

Burger's guitar style is often compared to Robert Fripp, Steve Hackett, Mike Oldfield, David Torn, and Pat Metheny, while THE GAK OMEK albums in general might resemble 80's and 90's KING CRIMSON, OZRIC TENTACLES and DJAM KARET, even Wendy Carlos.

THE GAK OMEK sound is not in a scope of usual production values, especially not the old ones. The sound is often heavily "computerized", including programmed percussion and a soundscape of almost generic MIDI sound banks. If you don't mind that aspect of the music, or you actually like it, then THE GAK OMEK's eclectic songwriting skills are certainly recommended.

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THE GAK OMEK is not hesitating to mix various styles of progressive music into an unique unit, varying from electronic, spacey, jazz, to symphonic rock.

Alien Eye, studio album (2003)
Return Of The All-Powerful Light Beings, studio album (2004)

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The Gak Omek Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars I was looking at Robert Burger's website (which is an interesting exercise in itself ' visit to see what I mean), and came across a review that I wrote in Feedback #84 for his previous album 'Return of the All-Powerful Light Beings' where I said 'It is possible to be taken into the world of The Gak Omek and question what is going to happen next and where the journey is going to lead but at all times it makes musical sense and isn't a voyage into self indulgence.' Hmm, quite a statement ' so how does this 2010 release stack up against that? Pretty damn fine is the answer. Robert is very much a one-man band, and has a strong idea of the style of music that he is going to portray and isn't afraid to use multi-layered keyboards and guitars to get there.

There are times when he steps out to the edge and toys with the idea of moving into RIO, but for the most part he investigates what Ozric Tentacles would sound like if they had a far harder element to their sound and concentrated mostly on what the guitar could do. Whereas OT is always a pleasant trip (if you know what I mean), there is an air of menace and danger with The Gak Omek that is more exhilarating. Yes, there are elements of psychedelia and space rock, but it is combined together in a daring fashion that ensures that Robert has a sound all of his own. He is a wonderfully fluid guitarist, who brings in electronica and voices in a unique style. Yet again this is a great album and I am pleased to hear that he is now embarking on his fourth as we need musical adventurers such as him.

Thanks to clarke2001 for the artist addition.

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