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As their name suggests, GAZPACHO are an eclectic mix of ingredients: a bit more accessible than RADIOHEAD, more diversified than MARILLION and more proggy than COLDPLAY. Their original line-up consisted of Jan H. Ohme on vocals, Jon A. Vilbo on guitars, Thomas Andersen on keyboards and Roy Funner on bass. Since their first album in 2002, the band has managed, promoted and produced all of their albums (total of 3).

All are very accessible, made up of tracks averaging 5 minutes, and their commercial potential is undeniable. What strikes the listener on all of them are Ohme's vocals whose soothing, melancholic (almost slurred) voice dominates all tracks; it rises cleanly and clearly above the keyboards and lush (at times roaring) guitars. The drum machine takes some getting used to but gives the music a laid-back, almost trip-hoppy feel. Don't expect any fiery solos or displays of technical skills here: this style falls in that grey area between prog and alternative rock and doesn't claim to be anything more. Altogether moving, intriguing and well produced.

Fans of RADIOHEAD, latter-day TALK TALK and Hogarth-era MARILLION should check these guys out.

: : : Lise (HIBOU), CANADA : : :

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3.45 | 110 ratings
Bravo
2003
2.96 | 100 ratings
When Earth Lets Go
2004
3.30 | 130 ratings
Firebird
2005
4.12 | 514 ratings
Night
2007
4.03 | 450 ratings
Tick Tock
2009
3.77 | 343 ratings
Missa Atropos
2010
4.00 | 374 ratings
March of Ghosts
2012
3.86 | 340 ratings
Demon
2014
3.93 | 144 ratings
Molok
2015

GAZPACHO Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.61 | 52 ratings
A Night At Loreley
2010
4.60 | 54 ratings
London
2011

GAZPACHO Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.97 | 33 ratings
A Night at Loreley
2009
4.21 | 19 ratings
Night Of The Demon
2015

GAZPACHO Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Introducing Gazpacho
2015

GAZPACHO Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.83 | 20 ratings
Get It While It's Cold (37░C)
2002

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 Molok by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.93 | 144 ratings

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Molok
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Norwegian band GAZPACHO was formed back in the mid 1990's, and since they released their full length debut album "Bravo" back in 2003 they have developed into an increasingly more popular band nationally and internationally, steadily releasing new albums every other year or so. "Molok" is their most recent album, and was issued through noted UK label KScope in the fall of 2015.

One of the most striking features of the music crafted by Gazpacho are the vocals. While a lot is going on, the soaring, light toned lead vocals is an aspect of this band that makes an immediate impact, and that you do tend to focus on no matter what else is happening. Light toned, tender and frail, they add a distinct emotional laden punch to everything, more often than not with an underlying feeling of sadness and melancholia to them. And on occasion, they may soar up from the realms of the melancholic into the more jubilant as well. In terms of style, mood and delivery comparable to Radiohead's Thom Yorke, but where the intense nervous feeling Yorke has a specialty replaced by control and associations to emotions of a more delicate and less haunting kind.

This is a vocal style that may fit music over a fairly wide spectrum. On "Molok" Gazpacho appears to hone in on moods and arrangement of a more delicate nature throughout, where sequences and interludes pairing off the vocals with a delicate singular piano and similar sparse arrangements are recurring features. Of the more elaborate arrangements and themes explored, the greater majority of them also tends to hone in on the frail and the delicate, with slow paced, dampened instrument details being the order of the day, occasionally settling in richer, firmer and at times majestic crescendos. The latter much more of a rare occurrence, and all the more effective as a dramatic feature due to that.

The use of instrument details with a foundation in folk music is something of an identity mark of this album. Careful violin details, plucked string instruments and acoustic guitars, percussion and drum patterns with a slight tribal feel at times. Just about never to the extent of the music as such coming across as folk-oriented, but used as an effect to, possibly, add a more Earthy touch to the compositions. That another key feature is delicate sounds with something of a cosmic feel to them adds an elegant contrast and depth to the material, and with the aforementioned vocals the end result can often be rather stunning. Careful lead and backing vocal details, as well as clever use of organ also adds something of a sacral mood to these creations at times, adding a further dimension to the material and the total album context. There's also a token song that explores a more lively and vibrant landscape, Bela Kiss, where guest musician Stian Carstensen elevates the end result in a spectacular manner with his amazing accordion contribution.

"Molok" comes across as a highly sophisticated production on all levels. Those fond of multiple themes, ongoing developments and recurring features will get their needs catered for quite nicely, those who have a need for their music to be emotionally laden won't find this album missing in that department either, and those fond of intently listening to an album to uncover gentle details and subtle nuances will have a field day as well. A relatively careful and gentle production, with a focus on subtle rather than dramatic effects, well made and executed on all levels. A strong album, easily recommended to those with a taste for sophisticated music in general, and perhaps in particular to those with an affection for music of this kind to be of a generally emotionally laden and melancholic nature.

 Night by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.12 | 514 ratings

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Night
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Night" is the 4th full-length studio album by Norwegian alternative/progressive rock act Gazpacho. The album was released through Intact Records in February 2007. "Night" saw a deluxe 2 disc reissue on the Kscope label in 2012. It┤s a slightly different album compared to it┤s predecessors, as they all featured "regular" length tracks, and "Night" features a 53:21 minutes long concept piece, divided into 5 seperate tracks.

The overall concept is about dreams. Where they end and where reality begins, and the protagonist┤s exploration of that concept. A rather ambitious theme, but Gazpacho pulls it off in a natural way and with a good flow. The music on the album is a mellow (though dynamic and occasionally louder), emotional, and slow building type of alternative/progressive rock, where melancholic atmospheres, and Jan Henrik Ohme┤s distinct sounding vocals are the focal points.

"Night" opens with the 17:00 minutes long "Dream of Stone", which is a very slow building and atmospheric track. While it reaches several epic climaxes along the way, it┤s still feels a bit too long and repetitive, which isn┤t nearly as much an issue with the shorter tracks on the album. With that little issue out of the way, the material on "Night" is still generally of a high quality. It┤s obvious that much thought have been put into creating these tracks and the lyrical concept, but personally I could have wished for more catchy moments throughout the album. It┤s a grower for sure, and the more you listen to the songs, the better you remember the hooks, but they aren┤t exactly easy or accessible upon initial listen.

The album features a pleasant and warm sounding production, but the drums could have prospered from a slightly more organic tone. In addition to bass, guitars, drums, and vocals, the music also features keyboards, and the occasional use of violin. All musicians are well playing and Gazpacho comes off as a very professional sounding act.

Upon conclusion "Night" is yet another professional and enjoyable melancholic rock release with progressive leanings by Gazpacho, and certainly the highlight of their career up until then. Previous releases by the band weren┤t always stylistically consistent and the quality of the material also varied (though still within a standard to good range), but "Night" is pretty accomplished, from the songwriting, to the sound production, to the musicianship. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

 Night Of The Demon by GAZPACHO album cover DVD/Video, 2015
4.21 | 19 ratings

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Night Of The Demon
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars This cd/dvd combo is from a show recorded April 12, 2014 at De Boerdrerij, Zoetermeer. The dvd has 5 more tracks then the cd. It's start strongly with the dark song "Tick Tock" part one, and immediately we can appreciate the clear production of the music. This band has the reputation to make music by creating intimate and electric atmosphere without displaying some complex time signatures. There is some recurring theme throughout those songs and a love for exotic music and folk music like the funny klezmer part in the song "The Wizard of Altai Mountains" and in the song "Golem" where we find a short escape to oriental music. "Winter is Never" is where the band slow things down and let the crowd sing before introducing the musicians. But things get back to the dark stuff slowly with "Dingler's Horses" that display some nice drums patterns and a heavy ending. My favorite track of all was from the album "Missa Atroppos", the song "Vera" with a beautiful melody. From that same album "Splendid Isolation" is another dark track with good atmosphere and a big crescendo with some David Gilmour style of guitar sound. This band succeed to create some emotional music with subtle arrangements that come also from the drums and the piano. All this music is enhanced by the nice voice of Jan Henrik Ohme. I recommended this cd/dvd for fans of Marillion late era and you won't resist to put the dvd on your player when you know that there is a lot more material than the cd.
 Missa Atropos by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.77 | 343 ratings

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Missa Atropos
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by steelyhead

2 stars Sorry, I have been running (more like power-walking) three days in a row with this on my iPod (I still have one) and my decision is made: I don't like It.

This is what Muzak does to Prog Rock. Nothing remarkable happens here and I don't remember not a piece of the melodies nd the same is to say of the Lyrics.

Maybe some other time I will listen again this album and I will like It. In the meantime I'll go somewhere else to look for music.

I suppose this is what they call progressive rock this days. I am too old for this s...

 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.86 | 340 ratings

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Demon
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by King Manuel

2 stars I fell in love with Gazpacho's Tick Tock and subsequently acquired their other outputs which all excited me, however none, as much as Tick Tock.

With their latest release "Demon", I for the first time felt let down. For me it is a Gazpacho's weakest output so far. The atmosphere is more dry and sombre, the compositions don't gel and some of the tracks don't seem to get to the point. The longest track: Death Road is plain boring and keeps dragging on ... 18 Minutes and 46 seconds wasted. The other tracks have a bit more to offer but all fall short of being really memorable or exciting.

 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.86 | 340 ratings

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Demon
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Roland113
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars . . . In my not so humble opinion . . .

Gazpacho has released another album.

I was a huge fan of The Cure back in the eighties, I think I first picked up 'Disintegration' then 'Staring at the Sea' and loved them both, then I picked up 'Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me' and was mildly appreciative of it. Then I picked up the album after that and was so tired, they pretty much did the same thing over and over again.

Gazpacho has gone into that same category for me. If you love atmospheric emotional melancholy, then you should really listen to Gazpacho. Here's the thing, if you enjoy this type of music, then pick an album from 'Night' to 'Demon' and you'll love it, may even give it a five star rating. Then the next one will be good as well, though not quite as fresh. Now keep in mind, it doesn't really matter which one you chose, maybe 'March of Ghosts' is your first exposure to them and you love it. Maybe 'Demon' is the second one and you don't get to 'Night' until well down the line. Either way, the more you listen, the more it sounds the same. My Uncle coined a phrase that fits here, 'It's never too late to stop reading 'Dune' books'. For me, I've put the book down, Gazpacho just isn't doing it for me anymore.

For me, 'Demon' is kind of like 'Night' without the delicious atmosphere. I listened to it at least five times, trying to like the album, but it got harder and harder to listen to each time. I'm not going to go into a track by track analysis of this album because one morphs into the next one and it's hard to differentiate one song from the next. Again, this concept worked for me on the first couple of albums that I heard from them, but after the fifth in a row, I just get tired.

I'm sorry, but I can only give this a two star rating with the caveat, if this is your first Gazpacho album, you may love it, it's worth the listen. If this is your fifth Gazpacho album then don't expect anything innovative on this one.

 March of Ghosts by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 374 ratings

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March of Ghosts
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Excellent "peace of mind" album ...

I think this album is as good as Tick Tock that represents my first introduction to the band, album-wise. Previously I only knew the band from Marillion DVD set (Hogarth era). As you might guess, the name is something related to one of Marillion's songs.

I am really impressed with how delicate the guys in the band made this excellent album as the music is really nice to enjoy from start to end or full album at its entirety. Talking about style and similarity, I would say this is like Radiohead with much more definitive border, music-wise. You know, sometimes is very hard to get the music of Radiohead as you cannot guess where it's heading to or whether or not the music is going to end. Also, the music is quite similar with Marillion Hogarth era even though Gazpacho music is much clear and better - you know the melody as well as its nuances. Vocal wise, Gazpacho is much deeper than Hogarth voice style. Some people reckon this band is quite similar with Coldplay but it's proggier. As I am not quite familiar with Coldplay, I really cannot comment on this. But ....look at the subtleties of the music this band produce - it amazingly there is "feel" component in it which reminds me to Pink Floyd. I am not saying that the music is something like Pink Floyd but there is definitely "feel" i.e. the right timing for entering the music (usually through drum or voices). There are many segments that demonstrate excellent signatures.

What about this? : Marillion "H" + Radiohead + Pink Floyd + Coldplay ...?

Well it's really up to you. One thing for sure: I really enjoy this album from start to end and in most cases I need to replay the album in its entirety. I recommend you play this album LOUD during late night, put the light off plus a cup of hot black coffee (no sugar please ...!). Would be great if you have a decent stereo set, at minimum a NAD power and preamp, NAD CD player plus B&W speaker. WOW! You will get full satisfaction with your music journey if you have this with you ....!

"Monument" (2:06) kick the album off with a sort of unstructured and ambient music that was quite hard to digest at first spin but it grew on me and now has become an integral part that I can not afford not to play this tone setting track. It's strategically positioned at the beginning of the album to give the listeners an indication of what sort of music they will listen to. It seems like the music that follows would be a heavy one

But it's NOT! Listen to the second track "Hell Freezes Over I "(5:46) that enters nicely into my ears and it's really a joy listening especially with its ambient introduction using repeated guitar fills. Observe how drums enter the music in a crescendo style; it's really fantastic. In most cases I add my power amp volume to get full sound of this great entrance of drums. And then ...oh boy ...listen to how deep and powerful the male vocal puts his voice at the beginning of lyrical verse. It's really cool .....! The enjoyment does not stop here, my friends ... The next track "Hell Freezes Over II" (4:37) is another wonderfully crafted music. Even though this is the continuation of previous track but it has different style There are great segments I can feel throughout this track especially the time when there is a change of melody marked by the drums work or vocal or guitar work. All the style are really in slow tempo - but so powerful nuances. The interlude session with unique sort of keyboard sound - or probably other kind of instruments that sound like keyboard, making the music so traditional in nature.

"Black Lily" (4:58) continues the journey with powerful voice in the vein of Muse music - even though not exactly the same. The voice is deeper here, of course. "Gold Star" (4:15) starts off differently with sorts of mandolin or acoustic guitar work combined nicely with violin-like sound. It returns back to the "Hell Freezes Over III" (2:37). I do not know for what reason the band made the series in four parts but with different location in the album - there must be reason for doing that. But, it's really nice. And I am sure you will enjoy the innovative part in "Mary Celeste" (5:44) where you find a unique segment where you have a blend of traditional music performed beautifully by the band. To me this segment happens to be like a big surprise as it comes out at the later location of the entire album. It's really a cool segment. The segment I am referring to is somewhere located at the end of the track starting at minutes 4:15. It sounds like a traditional Scotland music? Am not sure but it's really great!

The rest of the album still in similar vein with previous tracks and they are all good tracks. What Did I Do reminds me to Muse music style.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to any prog music collection that you should not miss at all. It deserves a four-star plus rating. Enjoying the music of this album is like having peace of mind , so good ...so cool. You must have it! Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.86 | 340 ratings

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Demon
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Progulator
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Gazpacho's new album Demon is a monster of a record. March of Ghosts was good, but this is something else altogether, reaching a level of depth and maturity that is beyond what they've done in the past. It's evident from the first moments of the album, "I've Been Walking." It's in the way that, for example, the way the piano ritards between chord changes, creating long breaks in the vocal lines and delivering maximum tension, only to be juxtaposed later by an elegant string section all the while the singer delivers a passionate performance. The record is really built off of simple melodies that really count and carry their wait. "I've Been Walking (part 2)" carries the first motifs even first, this time over swelling, powerful synths that grow into something quite powerful. The variety on the album is always careful and nuanced, never just a gimmick. This is evident in the use of the old gramophone style recording that's used for uncanny effect, building into an eventual climactic ending. "Wizard of Altai Mountain" and the closer, "Death Room" both pull in folk elements, the former moving from a very modern piece to a full out folksy accordion dance. "Death Room," on the other hand uses it to lead into a haunting heavy section, a mood that dominates this piece through and through with the constant sense of uneasiness, beginning from the repetitive syncopated descending pattern in the intro right through flanked by ghostly ambient sound effects, right up through the plodding, dirge-like march that oozes beauty. Demon is one of those 2014 albums that you don't want to pass up. Don't make the mistake I did the first time by listening to it quiet in the background. Put it on loud and you'll be wowed.
 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.86 | 340 ratings

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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by toilet_doctor

5 stars "A sycamore tree as sick as can be" -- from the lyrics

"Sycamore tree is existing on the earth for more than 100 million years, can grow as tall as 40m (130ft) and can reach up 2m (6.6ft) in diameter. Another amazing fact is that on average this tree can live six hundred years. It is believed that the tree has got its name "Sycamore" because of the peeling flakes of its bark which make it look 'sick' all the time." -- from the article

Sycamore tree, which you can see on the front cover, is a symbol of this album.

Before to review this album I went to Gazpacho's back catalog and tried 4 last albums again to compare... Demon tops them all. Basically it's the same formula: the mix of Prog and Alternative Rock with traditional Scandinavian melancholic flavor. However, in Demon they elevate everything to the next level, sometimes close to perfection. The balance shifts to symphonic prog, music became more complex and accessible at the same time.

The Artist can paint small pictures so nice and cute that everybody will likes them, but he also can create a big canvas, where he can put so much details that people will stay hours to get into them to try understand and accept the picture as a whole piece of art.

The same with Demon. Gazpacho put on three big canvas and one small picture so much details inclusions and insertions from choruses to crying violin solo, from mandolin and accordion to operatic vocals of vintage gramophone records and rocking piano on a top of it. I was listening to the first song for less than 5 min, but it feels like 15 min has gone. From this song to the very end, the album has some theatrical feel. Second song transformed me to Middle East. It's a small picture of everyday life there with uplifting folk melodies, but, as a contrast, I caught in the lyric: "I was there when bomb exploded" - something serious was going on. From the beginning I thought that song 4 'Death Room' would be my favorite song, but when I found Live version and very nice video with lyric of song 3 'I've been Walking P.2' on youtube, I think they are equally great songs.

Jan Ohme vocal has always been a trademark of Gazpacho sound, but in Demon it reached, at some places, extraordinary soul penetrating ability. I've got multi 'eargasm' - first at 10min song #3 and couple times at song #4. It's hard to get into mostly metaphorical lyrics, but big sadness and pain are radiating from stunning Jan vocal. Beautiful digibook design and illustrations of Antonio Saijas are as an icing on the cake.

If Frequency Drift Over is my female fronted Crossover album of the year, then Demon is my male fronted one. Beautifully crafted Masterpiece of Crossover Prog. 5 Bright Northern Stars.

 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

2 stars Prog rock doesn't guarentee that the music is objectively good, but if the music is progressive I am rather sure that the music is interesting in some way and therefore would draw attention to itself. Today I encounters the group Gazpacho, and their record "Demon" from this year a couple of times. Well perhaps I heard some progressive and unfamiliar beats and thoughts but they were not in my taste. I find the total experience and the sound of this record not ugly but depressing.

Gazpacho, which is a Norwegian band made their first record 2003 and "Demon" is their eighth one. I read somewhere that the band has connections to alternative rock and that should be a warning for me, I have not until now find any alternative rock that I like.

If the compostions on this record had been more sweaping and varied, more happy instead of very depressing could I have liked it more. Now it was like I heard the same notes and the same mourning vocals going around and around for the whole record. The music is protracted and I got a feeling of listlessness. It is too modern and too squeaky. Tecnically and artisticly this is a well done record but I did not like my experience with it. I could stand the first track but the last one did I find terrible. I could have given it one star to show my dislike but that wouldn't be fair. I hear and see the qualities but they're not for me. Two stars!

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition.

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