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Crossover Prog • Norway


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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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3.46 | 99 ratings
Bravo
2003
2.97 | 90 ratings
When Earth Lets Go
2004
3.29 | 115 ratings
Firebird
2005
4.15 | 466 ratings
Night
2007
4.03 | 418 ratings
Tick Tock
2009
3.76 | 321 ratings
Missa Atropos
2010
3.96 | 347 ratings
March of Ghosts
2012
3.82 | 308 ratings
Demon
2014

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

4.61 | 50 ratings
A Night At Loreley
2010
4.63 | 48 ratings
London
2011

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3.93 | 30 ratings
A Night at Loreley
2009

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

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 Missa Atropos by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.76 | 321 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...

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 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.82 | 308 ratings

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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.

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 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.82 | 308 ratings

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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Roland113
Collaborator Neo-Prog and Crossover Teams

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.

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 March of Ghosts by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 347 ratings

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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Gatot
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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

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 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.82 | 308 ratings

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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by Progulator
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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.

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3.82 | 308 ratings

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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.

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3.82 | 308 ratings

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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

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!

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Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by arcane-beautiful

4 stars I have to admit, Gazpacho are a band I have let slip past me these past few years. Maybe it's because I have a bit of a dislike to soup, and especially if soup is cold (typical Spanish, making food which I already hate and making me hate it even more). So I decided to bite the cold and disgusting bullet and try it. I hated it. So then I thought, well maybe the band is better than the food. And it turns out I was right.

If someone asked me what this band sounded like, the best description that I could possibly give would be an amalgamation of Marillion, Radiohead and The Decemberists. But I have to admit that the style that these guys do create is very unique. Their songs can span out into very long compositions with a lot of open space. The band aren't overly technical but focus more on certain emotional sections and minimalism to create a very beautiful and melancholic sound. But I do have a slight criticism with these guys and that would be the choices for some of their arrangements. At times the tracks on this album can seem rather directionless meaning that the songs can go in some random directions. Now this can make the music rather exciting at times, allowing for the listener to be completely surprised by what's coming next, but it does affect the longevity of the material slightly.

One of the real selling points of the band and this album would have to be the beauty in Jan's voice and the lyrics. With a tone similar to a hybrid of Steve Hogarth and Duke Special, Jan's vocals show off a great range and have a lot of emotion behind them. The artwork for this album is pretty cool too.

The opener 'I've Been Walking' is a pretty great way to start of the album. With many different flowing musical sections flowing into each other the song has some interesting moments. I do feel part 2 completely knocks it out of the water.

One of the oddest tracks on the album would have to be 'The Wizard Of Altai Mountains.' A slight folky interlude the song fades out with some odd accordion sections.

The real highlight on the album would have to be 'I've Been Walking (Part 2).' This is probably one of the best songs from a prog band I have heard in a long time. Starting off with a beautiful piano riff with multi layered vocals the song continues to build up but then breaks down into a creepy old vinyl recording of an old war time song. The song continues to burst throughout and shows absolute beauty along the way.

One of the weakest moments on the album can be seen in the albums longest track 'Death Room.' Starting off with a pretty cool sounding electronic beat mixed with some evil strings the song starts off in a pretty great way but I do feel it can drag on a bit (being near 20 minutes long is a bit of a stretch). It does have some pretty cool moments throughout with some nice nods to the themes of the album.

The bonus track on this album 'The Cage' is actually one of the most cohesive songs on the album and I'm surprised the band didn't have it on the actual album itself. More of a ballad it shows of the bands songwriting more clearer than the other tracks on the album.

In conclusion, I do enjoy a favourable amount of this album. I do think the sound these guys make are incredible and their approach to music and songwriting is very unique. I do think that a more cohesive structure to their music

8/10

Genres: Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Neo Prog, Crossover Prog, Avant Garde, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock

Country of origin: Norway

Year of release: 2014

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 Demon by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.82 | 308 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
3.82 | 308 ratings

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Demon
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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