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Swiss group Öz Ürügülü is one of the most original and exciting bands out there today. Citing weird food, old video games, and bad movies as major influences, Öz Ürügülü is a mixed bag of odd styles and approaches. Their music is primarily a fusion of jazz and metal, sounding not unlike Steve Vai much of the time, but they have also incorporated electronica and exotic oriental sounds into their repertoire. Above all, Öz Ürügülü weaves a nonsensical and absurd sense of humour into everything they put out. For those who aren't afraid of letting their music get a little bit silly, Öz Ürügülü offers more than enough creativity to satisfy whatever odd cravings you may have.

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3.31 | 7 ratings
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Oz Urugulu Eclectic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars Hailing from Zug, Switzerland, Öz Ürügülü brings a zany, bouncing-off-the-walls sort of approach to progressive music.

Right from the bright, bouncy, opening notes of "Cartoon Holocaust", you know that this isn't your run-of-the-mill prog band, even if all the standard technical know-how is there. Indeed, there's far more in common with Frank Zappa or Steve Vai's comedic musings in here than the sombre and straight-faced outputs of, say, ELP or King Crimson. Influence from Steve Vai can definitely be heard in the follow-up track, "When I Was 17", with its namesake 17/8 rhythm, technical metal shredding, and jazz breakdowns. The performances by the whole band are tight, and they confidently show their mastery of manipulating music theory to make it subject to their whims, as does Vai. That isn't to say that Öz Ürügülü is a Vai clone, or a mere tribute band; they definitely delve into deeper dimensions on "Forgotten Archives". Öz Ürügülü shows their versatility at blending their quirky prog style with more contemporary electronic music in "Collateral Tanzbein", and later work such exotic instruments as the Saz (not to be confused with the sax) into the mix. Altogether, there's no shortage of original ideas to be found here, and plenty of fascinating timbres to be enjoyed.

Öz Ürügülü's debut is one of those tongue-in-cheek albums that has a big grin plastered across the whole affair. As such, it makes for a very welcome respite from the dark, edgy cliches that are saturating the genre nowadays. Having said that, the album's quirkiness does take a bit of a toll on its replayability for me; this isn't something I'd put in regular rotation, but it's still an odd treat to indulge in from time to time. Definitely one to check out for those who love humour in their music, and anyone looking for something a little (or very) different. Not one of the landmark releases of the past 5 years, but a very good one; 3 stars.

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