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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.

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DemonDemon
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Tick TockTick Tock
HWT Records 2009
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Kscope 2012
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NightNight
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3.39 | 92 ratings
Bravo
2003
2.88 | 82 ratings
When Earth Lets Go
2004
3.24 | 105 ratings
Firebird
2005
4.14 | 429 ratings
Night
2007
4.02 | 393 ratings
Tick Tock
2009
3.78 | 300 ratings
Missa Atropos
2010
3.95 | 331 ratings
March of Ghosts
2012
3.99 | 207 ratings
Demon
2014

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

4.67 | 49 ratings
A Night At Loreley
2010
4.69 | 43 ratings
London
2011

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

3.97 | 33 ratings
A Night at Loreley
2009

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

GAZPACHO Reviews


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 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.99 | 207 ratings

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Demon
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Norwegian band GAZPACHO was formed back in 1996, and ever since they started releasing material of their own in 2002 they have quickly established themselves as a popular band both inside the progressive rock environment as well as among those with a taste for sophisticated rock in general that doesn't have a special interest in progressive rock as such. They have been signed with prestigious UK label Kscope for a few years now, and have a total of eight full length studio albums to their name. "Demon" is the most recent of these, and was released in March 2014.

A key element in the music of Gazpacho are the lead vocals of Jan Henrik Ohme. He's got a voice that in terms of vocal approach, delivery and tonal range kind of force comparisons to the likes of Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame, and to some extent towards Marillion's Steve Hogarth as well. He's got the frail, vulnerable part of that vocal approach covered to perfection, albeit without touching grounds with the more extreme angst-ridden delivery that Yorke in particular has been known to utilize. Still, it's a distinct vocal approach that does add a distinct atmosphere to Gazpacho's musical endeavors, and one you need to have a soft spot for to be able to enjoy their music.

On "Demon" Gazpacho have crafted a fairly sophisticated musical foundation as the platform for Ohme's vocals, alternating between sparse, frail passages with standalone careful piano with or without dampened violin support, dampened but sweeping symphonic oriented passages and harder edged, dark guitar driven constructions where the guitar riffs have the occasional organ support creating those majestic, somewhat pompous atmospheres fans of progressive rock in particular tend to favor encountering. The transitions between the various moods flow nicely, freely and naturally, even when the shifts are sudden and unexpected, and the songs all come across as very well developed and cohesive. Some instances of vocal effects enrich the compositions, especially on the second part of I've Been Walking, and I'll add that an impeccable production throughout should please all audiophiles out there. If you are the kind of person that have invested heavily on a top scale music system, this is one of those albums you will appreciate highly on those grounds alone.

Particular features on "Demon" are the use of textured instrument details that adds a slight post rock vibe to the proceedings, both when they explore territories of a more mellow nature as well as when they hit upon grounds of a more layered and elaborate kind, and liberal use of mandolin, violin and accordion gives the compositions and album a distinct folk music flavoring too. Combining the frail, angst-flavored vocals and the stylistic variations previously described with folk music elements gives this album a nice and compelling atmosphere, most often melancholic, more often than not with an underlying feeling of darkness. Concluding epic Death Room is the most intriguing of the compositions in that context, where futuristic, industrial sounding details are used to good and occasionally magical effects to conjure a fairly unique mood, of the kind where you might envision seeing ancient creatures of legend placed in a dystiopian futuristic setting.

I've heard quite a few people raving about this album already, and while I'm not quite as taken with this disc as many others seem to be, this is an extremely well made production. If you enjoy bands that explore dark, melancholic progressive rock of the more sophisticated variety, and especially if you have a soft spot for vocalists who have a style and approach comparable to people like Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Marillion's Steve Hogarth, Gazpacho's eighth studio production "Demon" is a CD you will enjoy, especially if you are a fan of the kind of music the bands of said vocalists explore.

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 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.99 | 207 ratings

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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Chris S
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Being a huge Gazpacho fan I was rather excited about this new release from the Boheme styled Norwegian band. What could eclipse the magnificent Tick Tock or Night? Or even the excellent Missa Atropas?

Demon is a fine piece of music but herein lies a problem for me, in any event there is nothing new on Demon that makes it stand out from any of it's predecessors. The album seems to just tread water carefully. They have introduced more folk passages to help the dark theme, the violin and mandolin threading in and out, yet this is not enough and I cannot but feel that Ohme's vocals are lethargic or uneventful. No risk taking as such except on ' Death Room'. ' The Wizard of Altai Mountains' sounds like a watered down instrumental with Ohme's vocals from 90's electronica band Deep Forest. The weakest tracks are the ' I've been walking' suite that just never seem to take off, however the album does improve markedly from this juncture.

So in summary a great album from Gazpacho. You can always be guaranteed quality musicianship and attention to minimalist detail, I just feel the album falls a bit short in that no new risks are being taken by the band and we have another safe rerun from them. A solid three stars. Note Gazpacho albums can be very slow burners so give it plenty of time.

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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
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5 stars Gazpacho have been on a roll ever since the excellent Night caught the attention of the prog community, but in retrospect I don't think any of their subsequent releases have quite matched the standards of that one - not until Demon, at any rate. There's really two ways you can go to match the promise of a title like that - take the overt route and go for a more ostentatiously sinister and evil sound, or you take a more subtle path. Wisely, Gazpacho choose the latter option (can you really imagine Gazpacho doing extreme metal? No, nor can I...); rather than energising their music, they produce one of their quietest and most contemplative albums yet.

Indeed, it's a rather bold move all told. Prog is a genre which prizes technical ability, often expressed through soloing and showboating, and whilst Gazpacho have never quite entirely embraced that, here they seem to deliberately turn away from it, producing mood pieces in which all the performances blend together rather than having the individual members make a bid for the spotlight. They'd previously taken steps in this direction on Night, which accounted for the dreamy atmosphere of that album, but here they fully embrace it, producing a style of music which is clearly built on a prog foundation and which is obviously produced by a technically capable group, but at the same time displays this in a holistic manner through the overall sound the group are able to make rather than through individual performances.

On top of that, the band's command of atmosphere has always been one of their strong suits, but it has never been as complete as it is on here except on Night. The titular Demon is not some gore-slick monster from hell, it's the darkness which comes when introspection and contemplation turns in on itself and starts to chew on its own innards, and Gazpacho capture this mood masterfully. Gazpacho is a band with many great albums in their discography, but until now I'd have said they had only one full-blown masterpiece in the form of Night. Now there are two.

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 Tick Tock by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.02 | 393 ratings

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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

2 stars On 30th December 1935, after 19 hours and 44 minutes in the air, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and his mechanic-navigator André Prévot, crashed in the Sahara desert whilst attempting to break the speed record in a Paris-to-Saigon air race. They both survived the crash, but with only rudimentary maps and very little supplies they were in serious trouble. Luckily, after four days they were discovered by a Bedouin, who saved their lives. This near brush with death features prominently in Saint-Exupéry's 1939 memoir 'Wind, Sand and Stars', and in turn forms the basis of this the sixth album from Norwegian act Gazpacho. Released in 2009 his album seems to have fairly polarized opinions with many strong and positive reviews, but also plenty from those who can't understand what all the fuss is about.

They are obviously influenced by Hogarth-era Marillion and Radiohead, along with Muse and Porcupine Tree but by the far the most interesting style included here are the short Arabian-style passages. For the most part this album is just too one-dimensional to maintain interest and each time I have played it I have found myself looking at the screen to see just how much longer there is left to play as I want to get onto something more interesting. The musicianship and vocals are very good, and it is well recorded and produced, but for me it is just too flat and ultimately is plain boring. I found the story it is based on, and the short biographies I read of Antoine de Saint- Exupéry far more interesting than the musical result. www.gazpachoworld.com

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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
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4 stars With all the bombast available today, sometimes I just need a quiet, delicate album full of consistent melody and crystalline beauty. Gazpacho's new album "Demon" is one such album that has captured my heart more than my rapt attention. It is serene, fragile, and moving; but it also has some surprises up its sleeve.

Gazpacho hails from Norway, which is a surprise for some reason. To me, they sound a bit like Coldplay mixed with Muse and Radiohead. This is just an attempt to explain their sound, as the sound is completely unique to them. The music, as I said, is very quiet. The first few tracks are especially mute and peaceful, as Jan Henrik Ohme's beautiful vocals play the major role. However, this album is intensely eclectic in its subtlety. Accordions, banjos, and mandolins join the array of atmospheric keys, surprisingly dark guitars, amazing bass, and light, yet somehow technical, drums. This makes for an experience unlike any I've had for the past few years at least.

With this array of instruments, the band crafts subtle songs full of feeling and a brooding intensity. Soft, slow rhythms join low instrumentation: Serene vocals smooth the mixture to perfection. Even the inclusion of a choir at points is done delicately. Indeed, "Demon" is elegant in its simplicity, but amazingly complex when you least expect it.

The album is made up of four songs, some of them multi-track. "I've Been Walking", both parts of it, are slow and easy-going. They are ponderous and very mature. "The Wizard of Altai Mountains" is a more upbeat affair with plenty of foot-stomping accordion and mandolin work. It's so beautifully simple, but no one else does this sound! The last song, however, is definitely my favorite. The three-part "Death Room" is sheer genius, and the bass player really shines here. On part 2, especially, the bass player crafts a bass line unlike any I've ever heard, and it's a masterwork and will probably be my favorite of 2014. Slight electronic elements make their way into this song that almost feels like post-metal at times. The third part of "Death Room" opens up with dark riffing that, although never heard in the album beforehand, seems so appropriate and satisfying.

You see, Gazpacho has composed an album that never feels tired. It never overuses any element. Every instrument is used to full effect and never outwears its welcome. There is so much space in "Demon", space that creates a beautiful vacuum for music to live and breathe. As this album progresses more and more in different territory, you will even long for some of the earlier melodies to return. They do not, but this gives you all the more reason to revisit the album again and again.

Gazpacho has offered an album unlike anything you will hear this year, for sure. "Demon" is scarily introspective, beautifully wrought, and surprisingly inventive. The band has taken a stand against bombast and showboating, and I applaud them for it. I hope to see more bands take that plunge.

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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by javajeff

5 stars Gazpacho has such a formula for making the perfect record, that I did not listen to this much when I first got it delivered. I heard it on a streaming site, and I knew it sounded good, but it felt like I heard it before. That deja vu that you get listening to albums from Night through Demon will always there, because they just really found that groove. I really do not care at this point if the differences are subtle or apparent, because each of those albums are excellent in their own way. Although Night is just so good, Demon may actually be their best. If you can pick a favorite, go ahead, but I am going to keep listening to all them in a playlist.

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 Night by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.14 | 429 ratings

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Night
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Chris S
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3 stars This 2007 release whilst not as complete as their follow up album Tick Tock still is a highly impressive work. The theme here is sleep and dreams. The album opens with epic Dream Of Stone, a seventeen minute magnum opus. It is minimalist and has a really hypnotic beat, occasionally building to a climax before subsiding again. The drum beat rarely disappearing save for Mikael Kromer's fine violin work. Ohme does not stretch his vocals too much on this album which results in a relatively even tempo throughout Night. I do believe the band were still experimenting with their sound which is only natural and the only negative I find here is that there is no major risk taking here whether that be the vocals and musical contributions. That being said, the repetition works ( reference Mike Oldfield) and here gain Gazpacho use it to the maximum of their ability especially on the opening track. " Chequered Light Building" is pleasant but mostly non descript as is " Valerie's friend " but " Upside Down" is 10 minutes of melancholic brooding bliss and here Ohme really does deliver in the vocals department. The closer " Massive Illusion" is nice enough but again not really testing the ears and blends in well with the rest of the album. I think three and a half stars is a fair rating for Night. It is a slow burner as well which always adds value to any great piece of music and perhaps gives a clear indication of even finer work to come.

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4.02 | 393 ratings

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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Chris S
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4 stars This 2009 release is well worth investing in. I bought the download a while ago but only in the last 4 months gave it the proper attention it deserved. Whilst agreeably sitting within Crossover on PA, there is no doubt this band have a post rock feel to them. The music has a steady drone to it which steadily increases in tempo and then predictably subsides. I really feel the band have all the right boxes ticked here, both musically and vocally. There is wealth of solid drumming by Robert Johansen, jagged jarring guitars and Ohmes beautiful vocals

The album is inspired by the book Wind, Sands & Stars by Antoine Di Saint Exupey. Flight traversing deserts end in crashing in the desert and the trek out of it on foot. The album starts with the uneven ' Desert Flight', " the Walk' and ' Tick Tock' made up of parts provide 35 minutes of atmospheric bliss, reaching crescendos, ebbing and flowing, constantly sucking the listener back into the sound. Very hypnotic music. I have probably played this album most this year and being such an excellent slow burner, I have progressively discovered more and more gems within the material. The final track ' Winter is Never' is arguably the most accessible and melancholic of the lot. Such an incredible album closer. If you like Gazpacho you will also enjoy another fellow Norwegian band, coincidentally called Soup. Some reviewers have compared Gazpacho to latter day Marillion, they definitely have a Radiohead influence especially due to Ohme's vocal style being similar to Yorke's but not as manic! And additionally a touch of Muse thrown in as well. Highly recommended piece of work, four and a half stars without doubt.

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 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.99 | 207 ratings

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Demon
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by buddyblueyes

4 stars A Tantalizing Trudge Amid the Mists and Midnight Cyprus.

Gazpacho's Demon continues to weave haunting textures and sublime, earthy music into the progressive realm, creating a soundtrack that could appease most twilight vultures. This reviewer was inducted into Gazpacho through P.A.'s highly rated, Night, and though the musical technicality of Gazpacho never quite satisfies the shredder's palette, their song crafting does create a hypnotic atmosphere, fronted by a vocalist that could draw comparisons to a restrained (less nasally) Billy Corgan, who's confined to an Aslyum, and sedated on horse tranquilizers.

Demon is a short album, consisting of only 4 songs clocking in around 45 minutes, with less-than-gleeful titles. Is it prog? Alternative? Indie? Shoegaze? Dark cabaret, perhaps? You'll have to answer that yourself. When compared to their previous work, it's definitely a skosh more uncanny... a touch more bizarre (in a good way). There are enough twists in the arrangements to keep it interesting, especially when attention is focused on the tones of the instruments within the spacious music. Interludes of interesting stringed instruments pair with accordion (or bandoneon?) and middle eastern percussion like a finely crafted malbec pairs with blood red meat. Demon could be to prog what Beck's Sea Change was to pop. A subtle, subdued powerhouse of melancholic delight. If you're new to Gazpacho (and in the right mood) Demon is a good place to start as most of their albums maintain a strong consistent identity, but this one has the added dark magic. In the quiet depths of the music you'll swear you can feel the breath of a vampire on your neck.

In this day and age of musical ADHD, where albums are digested at an alarmingly fast rate, Gazpacho reminds us why it's important to take the time to smell the gravestone lilies and slow dance in a rain shower.

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 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.99 | 207 ratings

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Demon
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Aldebaran_Well

5 stars If someone ever tells you that this is not a good record, he's probably a soulless creature from outer space! Things are really simple my friends, Gazpacho's ''Demon'' is a work of absolute, crystal clear, breath taking beauty. It's not about a specific genre or scene, this band firstly serves art as a whole. It reminds me very much of the aesthetics of a Tornatore film, where art and melancholy are always the main characters. One may wonder: is it prog? Well, don't expect complex parts, weird grooves or solos here. You may find a distant relation with the melodic side of Porcupine tree, Marillion or Radiohead but worry not, Gazpacho is one of a kind. There is a prog mentality, concerning very lengthy compositions and richful, amazing arrangements. Many instruments are used (violins, piano, choirs, accordions, mandolins, whatever!), only to emphasize the poetic tale that's being narrated. Musicianship is excellent, every one plays like drawing, like adding colours and expression to a wonderful painting. Just sit back and enjoy ''Demon''. Four dramatic musical odysseys, guided by Ohme's sentimental voice (a mix of Yorke, Wilson, Mercury and Jeff Buckley) will make you imagine, feel, weep and dream like you are witnessing a perfect theatrical play. You will not be rewarded only if you don't like mid tempo, atmospheric, melodic music. I' m feeling enchanted once again by a Norwegian band, this will definitely be one of my 2-3 favorites for 2014. Waiting to see how many people will recognize Gazpacho's brilliance. Very easy five stars, friends!

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