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MOTHER TURTLE

Heavy Prog • Greece


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Formed in 2011, in Thessaloniki, Greece, MOTHER TURTLE started as a jam band by musicians that were already very active, being involved individually in several other music projects and doing live gigs on a weekly basis. But during those jam sessions, some solid musical ideas were developed and after a lot of rehearsing they evolved into songs. Main influences include the greats of the genre such as progressive rock RUSH, CAMEL, GENESIS, FRANK ZAPPA, MARILLION and many others. The band consists of Kostis HASOPOULOS (bass, backing vocals), Kostas KONSTANTINIDIS (guitar, vocals), George MPALTAS (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and George THEODOROPOULOS (piano, organ, synths, programming).

First live gig was under the name HOGWEED in April 2012. The name changed to MOTHER TURTLE a little bit later and since they played various gigs, sharing the stage with fellow bands such as POEM, LAZY AFTERSHOW, 3-FOLD PAIN and also Swedish vintage heavy rockers SIENA ROOT in Athens in April 2013.

The first self-titled 7-track album was released on 4th of October 2013 and was recorded, mixed and mastered from February to July 2013 in Sin City Studios, Thessaloniki by sound engineer Kostas Kofinas. The whole album is available for online streaming and digital downloading in their page on Bandcamp.

The band mixes successfully elements from symphonic, folk, neo- and heavy progressive with the latter potentially standing out a bit clearer in their influences; they still though remain a band difficult to categorise and come highly recommended.

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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.

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