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MÖRGLBL

Eclectic Prog • France


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MÖRGLBL, also known as MÖRGLBL TRIO, is one of the bands/projects by guitarist Christophe Godin (other two projects being CHRISTOPHE GODIN'S METAL KARTOON and 2G).

MÖRGLBL is a French band (from Annecy), founded in 1997 (or 1996, according to lasercd.com). Godin decided to form an instrumental fusion rock band - he describes band's music as 'power-jazz-metal instrumental music' - along with Jean Pierre Frelezeau (drums) and Ivan Rougny (bass).

In 1997, MÖRGLBL's first cd named "Ze Mörglbl Trio!!" was released and received good reactions from the French press. The band toured intensively in France, placing Christophe as one of France's top guitar players. In 1999, the band's second album "Bienvenue ā Mörglbl Land" was released. After this release, they disbanded in 2002 - Godin was doing various projects in that period, but the band re-united in 2005, this time with Aurélien Ouzoulias on drums, and they released their third album, "Grotesk" in 2007.

The band is playing an unique fusion of jazz and metal; although jazz-metal as a form was not unknown before, their fusion of styles is perfectly balanced and one of the kind, forcing a listener to question him/herself what actually defines each of the musical styles that MÖRGLBL uses as a part of their style. The music is leaving quite a lot of space for improvisations, and it's enjoyable and RECOMMENDED for anyone who's interested in eclecticism varying from jazz-rock shredding guru such is HOLDSWORTH to the 'post-trash' metal of PANTERA style, with a solid amount of furious PRIMUS thrown in.



Moris Mateljan, 2008. (sources compiled from the band's MySpace page, Godin's web site, and lasercd.com)





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4.00 | 6 ratings
The Mörglbl Trio !!
1998
2.46 | 7 ratings
Bienvenue ā Mörglbl Land
1999
4.00 | 12 ratings
Grötesk
2007
4.08 | 7 ratings
Jazz for the deaf
2009
3.98 | 11 ratings
Brutal Romance
2012

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4.50 | 2 ratings
Toons Tunes from the Past
2008

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 Bienvenue ā Mörglbl Land by MÖRGLBL album cover Studio Album, 1999
2.46 | 7 ratings

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Bienvenue ā Mörglbl Land
Mörglbl Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Mörglbl drew the attention of the press already since their debut with Godin being praised as the new super guitar talent.The powerful trio visited several cities in France in order to promote their sound and soon entered the studio to release a second album.It's 1999 and Mörglbl return with their sophomore work ''Bienvenue ā Mörglbl land'', released again on IHL Label.

Stylistically and tecnhically the trio remained at the same, if not higher level of their debut: Sudden changes, sound distortions and complex themes with a Prog/Fusion edge.The humurous picture of the three bandmates on the front cover shows the other aspect of Mörglbl, who always wrap their virtuosic music with humurous edges in some tunes or wordless vocals.However after two years the group did not escape from the influences of their senior release, offering a Fusion amalgam extremely similar to LIQUID TENSIOD EXPERIMENT or the heavier side of DREAM THEATER minus the keyboard parts.Not necessarilly a bad thing, but melodies and original ideas become scarce in a work, that lacks personality.Endless self-indulgent individual performances, numerous shredding guitar riffs and some very technical textures make ''Bienvenue ā Mörglbl land'' a very hard listening at a real professional level, where emotion or true passion seem to be absent.The nervous delivery becomes boring along the way and the music occurs as cold and mechanical.Diversity is also an absent word in the album.Solos, riffs and complex lines are exchanging but fail to thrill the listener.

Complex but emotionless and monotonous Jazz/Heavy Rock, which can be an incredible lesson for instrumental enthusiasts, but I doubt it will be really appreciated by fans outside these interests...2.5 stars.

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 Brutal Romance by MÖRGLBL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.98 | 11 ratings

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Mörglbl Eclectic Prog

Review by memowakeman
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4 stars This is one of those bands (trios) that really has something to share, I mean, their sound is very peculiar, exquisite, funny and challenging at the same time, so listening to Mörglbl produces a satisfactory experience almost all the time. I incidentally discovered them a couple of years ago when I found their "Grötesk" album in a store. Now I fortunately got their new work entitled "Brutal Romance" what a title, and I am satisfied.

Here you will have an hour of excellent music, progressive rock with heavy moments and evident jazz hints, the songs oscillate in the 5- 6 minute mark, so be prepared and enjoy. It opens with "Gnocchis on the Block" and well, if you previously know them, you will recognize their distinctive guitar sound since the very first notes. I love how the music never ceases, I mean they have always something to say, and that is wonderful in this musical realm.

The musicianship is evident in all their songs, an a perfect example of how the three of them gather their abilities to create top-nocht tracks is "Brutal Romance", though the guitar is probably what will catch your attention first, bass and drums always build the perfect complement, so all of them are equally important. "Le Surfer d'Argentine" makes more evident the talent of the guitar man and his wonderful riffs, but as I mentioned, it would not function if bass and drums weren't there.

"Golden Ribs" is for a few seconds the longest track here. You know, that inherent heavy rock with some metal slices, but without being metal itself. The drums are always constant and the bass in moments addictive. "Fidel Gastro" has a rockier and jazzier sound with a more friendly style reminiscent to some 70s bands, and also to some of those G3 men. "Oh P1 Can Not Be" shares power since the first seconds and it is progressing little by little, but what I like more are their changes while the music is running, so the compositional skills speak for themselves.

"Cantal Goyave" has for the first time (in my opinion) in the album that humoristic touch the band implements to their music, however it is not that evident as in their Grotesk album. "Glucids in the Sky" has a superb bass offering, the lines are wonderful, maybe my favorites from the whole album. Guitars and drums are excellent as usual. "Wig of Change" follows with the previous style, with the great compositions and challenging arrangements, and also with the humor, the example are the song titles.

The last two songs are "Metal Khartoom" and "11 Casse", in the first one we can appreciate once again their skills, and remember some metal jazz acts and again, some G3 moments; the second is the shortest of the album, begins relaxed and its intensity increases little by little. It is a nice way to close the album. And it is a very excellent album that deserves at least 8 out of 10.

Enjoy it!

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 Brutal Romance by MÖRGLBL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.98 | 11 ratings

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Mörglbl Eclectic Prog

Review by rushfan4
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4 stars Power trio Mörglbl return with their 5th release titled Brutal Romance. Brutal Romance consists of an hour's worth of brilliant instrumental metal interspersed with jazzy interludes spread over 11 tracks. I believe that this album is going to be most appealing for fans of shred guitar heroes such as Joe Satriani or Steve Vai, as it is these guys that this album most reminds me. Mörglbl guitarist Christophe Godin performance on this album is worthy of being mentioned with these guitar shred legends. What is great about this album is that although the guitar is the star, the bass playing and drumming are quite virtuosic in their own rights, and both Ivan Rougny on bass and Aurelien Ouzoulias on drums each have their turns to shine. The first 10 tracks all consist of wall-to-wall "melt your face off" jams. It is only on the last track, 11 Casse, where the band decide to slow things down and bring the listener back to a safer, calmer state of mind. As previously mentioned, I believe that this album will have the most appeal for fans of shred guitarists. From a progressive rock standpoint, this will be most appealing to fans of technical metal who need a break from the brutal atonal screaming or death metal growls that usually accompany this type of music. Also, this album contains only guitars, bass, and drums so you will have to look elsewhere if you need your mellotron fix or you are really craving the oboe.

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 Jazz for the deaf by MÖRGLBL album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.08 | 7 ratings

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Mörglbl Eclectic Prog

Review by Dick Heath
Special Collaborator Jazz-Rock Specialist

4 stars Over the last two year's Mörglbl have deservedly taken off and become " internationally recognised", at least in the prog/jazz rock fusion circles. Some people smirk at the idea of virtuoso rock players coming from France - but through Mörglbl's four album releases, exposure on stage and You Tube, those claims are very justified. Indeed the power trio Mörglbl is a damned good band, mixing jazz rock with metal/heavy rock and a very special ingredient, infection Gallic humour. So now after extentively touring, for instance getting rave reviews in the USA (time for the UK??), Mörglbl have found time to record and release 'Jazz for the deaf'.

This is a good album but does not have the immediate impact of 'Grotesk', which had a consistent run of excellent and instantly memorable tunes. But still the new one grows on me with repeated play, since whilst having fewer stand-out tunes the consistent whole is well above average. But the fact is 'Jazz ' doesn't grab me as much as 'Grotesk', perhaps because (ironically) there is less jazz/jazz fusion and more emphasis towards the metal side of their playing - the new drummer?? However, this record isn't jazz-free using with the old trick of the early jazz-rockers: play the main part of the song as rock but the instrumentals as jazz . Everybody who's heard my Morglbl albums, have commented on Godin being Vai-like, but I hear the Holdsworthian breaks too combined with heaps of originality, so don't accuse him being a Vai-clone. But then I don't get the Primus (thereby the Les Claypool?) connection - I don't hear it in the albums or samples found on You Tube. Ivan Rougny on electric bass, is a much different sort of bass-playing virtuso - freer and jazzier.

Having said all that, a superior jazz fusion going metal album, but not the one to start discovering Mörglbl.

3 and half going 4 star

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 Grötesk by MÖRGLBL album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.00 | 12 ratings

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Mörglbl Eclectic Prog

Review by pianoman

4 stars Yes!! I saw them at Nearfest and was blown away. They were so popular, that they were called back on stage three times. After the show, I bought this album and got it signed and the next day I listened to it on the way back home. Not as good as the live show, I admit, but still an amazing effort from a totally underground fusion rock band. Popularly described as PRIMUS meets STEVE VAI, amazing jam band style jazz rock dominated by guitar melodies and funky bass. There are also a few ZAPPA roots that shine on songs like Tapas nocturnes and Février afghan. My personal favorite song on the album (which was also the best live) is Le projet pied-de-biche. The guitar intro is quite humorous because Godlin makes it sound like its trying to communicate with the listener. The bass solo is also a highlight of the song. The production quality of the album isnt bad at all, but its just average.

This album is very interesting and refreshing and cool and can be appriciated by almost anyone who likes music.

4/5

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 Grötesk by MÖRGLBL album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.00 | 12 ratings

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Grötesk
Mörglbl Eclectic Prog

Review by Dick Heath
Special Collaborator Jazz-Rock Specialist

4 stars

What a wonderful album and why did it take me so long to find it - why did it take me so long to find Morglbl? Grotesk is one of those rare albums that has hardly been off the home and car CD players since I received it about 6 weeks ago from Amazon, (early December 2008). The only fault I can find: the record should be longer - but there is 'Toons Tunes' to explore.

So what got me, and admittedly most of my friends who I allowed a chance to sample the record? Morglbl (pronounced 'Morgalball'?), a trio of French musicians have produced an excellent fusion of jazz rock, metal shred, great hooks, Gallic humour (both in daft, scat lyrics, and their choice of tunes/arrangements - for instance I guess we given a couple of French folk songs duly treated), all played very well, very tightly and often with evident and infectious urgency. I don't think there is one duff tune, and besides, unlike a lot of jazz fusion, many of the tunes here have that grey whistle test factor - these are memorable. One guitarist friend felt the lead playing was influenced by Steve Vai, but I hear those Holdsworthian touches slipped in too. The sense of fun is enhanced further with the instruments being made to talk to each other, so a conversation seems to impromptually breakout midway through a couple of tunes - a practice more common in straight jazz than jazz rock, surely? And as to the PA label 'eclectic', personally I believe those pundits must refering to the first two albums, now available as the twoforone already mentioned, Toons Tunes From The Past.

Grotesk answers Zappa's question: is the humo(u)r in music?, and with a resounding YES! Would you expect otherwise once you've seen the artwork on the CD insert?

If you enjoy this then you will enjoy the compilation of their two earlier albums plus outtakes, issued by Laser Edge Records, Toons Tunes From The Past. Btw why do so many independent American labels make the effort to release European acts, too often ignored at home?

4.5 star - higher later if I find Grotesk can't be played to death..................

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