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GAZPACHO

Crossover Prog • Norway


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Gazpacho biography
Formed in 1996 in Oslo, Norway - Still active as of 2017

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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GAZPACHO top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.43 | 132 ratings
Bravo
2003
2.97 | 124 ratings
When Earth Lets Go
2004
3.27 | 153 ratings
Firebird
2005
4.12 | 580 ratings
Night
2007
4.04 | 489 ratings
Tick Tock
2009
3.77 | 370 ratings
Missa Atropos
2010
4.00 | 421 ratings
March Of Ghosts
2012
3.84 | 378 ratings
Demon
2014
3.84 | 203 ratings
Molok
2015
3.83 | 90 ratings
Soyuz
2018

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

4.54 | 63 ratings
A Night At Loreley
2010
4.50 | 67 ratings
London
2011

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

3.97 | 37 ratings
A Night at Loreley
2009
4.27 | 32 ratings
Night Of The Demon
2015

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

3.17 | 5 ratings
Introducing Gazpacho
2015

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

2.81 | 24 ratings
Get It While It's Cold (37°C)
2002

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 Soyuz by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.83 | 90 ratings

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Soyuz
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by thesimilitudeofprog

5 stars "Soyuz" is Norway's Gazpacho's 10th studio album. Trying to define their sound or vision aside from describing them as a crossover prog outfit is near impossible with each passing release giving us music that is complex. They are also notorious for there fascination with stories and concept albums. A trend that continues on Soyuz, a creative journey, capturing the sounds and themes of the passing of moments that can't be saved or frozen to be savored again.

The album begins with "Soyuz One," a song about the doomed Russian space capsule Soyuz and its captain Komarov.The track develops slowly in the typical Gazpacho style with sound effects and drum samples building the backing track. Vocalist Jan Henrik Ohme has a seductive way of singing that is both beautiful and haunting at the same time.

The second track "Hypomaina" also has a gentle introduction but after that the band throw a bit of a curve ball and go into a territory I've never really heard Gazpacho go in before. "Hypomania" is a song about someone who realizes that he is in love with his own projection of someone and not the real person. He has a crisis and ends up leaving. This is an excellent track and nice to see a band who after 10 albums are still mixing things up.

The third track "Exit suite" acts as a nice break after the heavier "Hypomania" and reminds me of Radiohead. One thing that really stands out about Gazpacho is really they have many musical weapons. Instead of creating say a guitar driven track or a keyboard driven track. They often give each instrument the limelight within each song. For example in "Soyuz one", there is a violin solo outro to the track which is just amazing and something which seems quite rare on a prog record. But again this is just another thing which makes Gazpacho stand out and keeps them interesting.

The diversity of Gazpacho's musical world is shown again on "Emperor Bespoke" with Krømer's delightfully picked mandolin and violin. The sing-song folky feel is then forcefully punctuated with Jon-Arne Vilbo's guitar break, before we return to the distinctive rhythm of the opening section. I am not entirely sure what this song is about but it sure sticks in your head!

"Sky Burial" deals with the tragedy of the scene it depicts, apparently that of a Tibetan Buddhist funeral practice that leaves the body on a mountainside to be decomposed by animals or the elements, although this isn't immediately apparent from the somewhat oblique lyrics. One little fault i find with Sky Burial in particular is the 2 notes being played on the keyboard over and over again throughout the track is very repetitive.

If one song represents the theme of the album, it's "Fleeting Things." Many of the lyrics hint at the final moments of a life. " As empires fall, Aiming to keep what's the essence of all, Bullied and broken, bloody and bruised, Living in moments, stolen moments." Finds the band as close to writing a true ballad as they've ever come. The hook here is undeniably incredible.

If "Soyuz One" is restrained in nature, "Soyuz Out" returns to the same scene but frames it from a different perspective, still navigating between electric beats and live drums but with broader brush strokes in the musical phrasing. This track really just takes my breath away and just shows how good Gazpacho are at constructing long songs while keeping them interesting and giving the record a sense of drama.

The CD finishes with "Rappaccini" which is not on the vinyl edition. It's a decent track, but for me is the weakest on the album. I feel it should have been positioned on the album before "Soyuz Out." I think the albums would end much better with a sense of tension.

Gazpacho continue to amaze with each release. This is an album that sneaks up on you and before you know it, you are listening to it daily, over and over. It has so much to offer musically, lyrically, and is thought-provoking and interesting at every turn. Soyuz is another winner from the Gazpacho and one that will no doubt be, one of my top albums this year.

Essential: A masterpiece of progressive rock music.

 Night by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.12 | 580 ratings

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Night
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by thesimilitudeofprog

5 stars Hailing from Norway. Their first three albums Bravo, When Earth Lets Go, and Firebird all share a similar sound, heavily influenced by the slightly progressive alternative music of Marillion and Radiohead. Night, however, is a concept album that shows the band making huge sonic strides.

The album deals with illusion vs. reality, specifically while dreaming, and the music they have made is appropriate for the subject matter. The album contains five sprawling epic tracks ranging from six and a half to seventeen minutes in length. The music is atmospheric and dark, with violin and pianos abound, sharing similarities with Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Marillion.

These similarities are no more apparent than on the opener, "Dream of Stone." It is soft and slow, building at a snail's pace, possibly capable of inducing sleep if the listener wasn't paying attention to its haunting beauty. "Chequered Light Buildings" calls to mind Radiohead, mostly because singer Jan Henrik Ohme sometimes sounds uncannily like Thom Yorke. This song is like a condensed version of "Dream of Stone," as the guitar and violin slowly become more and more prominent, but unlike the opener, it doesn't go through several movements. Its structure, which is much more "normal," also adds credence to the Radiohead comparison. This song flows seamlessly into "Upside Down," which is arguably the best song on the album. Some of the catchiest and most beautiful moments of the entire record, are on this song. While some prominent keyboard work from Thomas Andersen combined withj Ohme's own hypnotizing vocals drive the song forward until violinist Mikael Kromer gently closes everything out. "Valerie's Friend" is the most accessible song on the record. The song goes back and forth for five minutes between calmer, acoustic sections and heavy, electric sections, before another orchestral-sounding outro. The outro connects it to the album's closer, "Massive Illusion," thirteen minutes of brilliance. Things border on typical for the first two minutes and forty seconds, before the song turns folkie, with acoustic guitars, vocal harmonies, and hand-claps overpowering the ambiance. Things straighten out eventually, almost sounding like a grander version of their earlier work, until the nine-minute mark, where everything drops out except for the violin and piano. This duo provides a wonderful conclusion to a wonderful album, until even they exeunt, leaving us with a minute of peaceful street traffic; the night is over.

If you like subtle music with a thousand little nuances filling the many layers, then Night is highly recommended.

 Night by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.12 | 580 ratings

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Night
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Here is my first review of Norway's Gazpacho. And I will start with their fourth effort called Night!

With the first epic Dream of Stone, they set the things clear. They make a very influenced by Marillion (the beginning of Chequered Light Buildings could be included in any of the Steve Hogarth's albums) modern prog with some glimpses of Radiohead (particularly in the shorter tracks) and with some strings and beautiful keyboards which give an extra layer of melancholy to the songs, acting also as some kind of emotional Nexus between the songs.

The production is very good, and all the guys play majestically their instruments. But I have a problem with Ohme's vocals. He sings all the time in a forced high-pitched tone which is annoying to me. He sings accurately almost all the tones and he performs a good interpretation of the beautiful lyrics of the band, but I find his voice repetitive and boring in the long term.

Sadly, this fact makes the album lose a whole point along with the fact of the inclusion of a track that is clearly under the rest like the repetitive Valerie's Friend, making Night a very good album where could have been an excellent one.

Best Tracks: Dream of Stone (long, epic and beautiful), Upside Down (excellent piano melodies, a fine crescendo at the end and marvelous strings and flutes too) and Massive Illusion (I particularly enjoy the choirs in this one)

Conclusion: Night is a very good example of sentimental, melancholic and very well written modern prog-music with influences of Marillion, Radiohead and Sigur Ros. Sadly, I find the singing of the front man just not good enough for this band and this is a fact that I just cannot forget, because he is very present in the whole record.

Nevertheless, if you have not heard Night yet I can recommend it to you whole hearted because this music is really first class.

My rating: ***

 Soyuz by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.83 | 90 ratings

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Soyuz
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by The Rain Man
Prog Reviewer

4 stars "Soyuz" is Norweigian progers Gazpacho's 10th studio album. I have seen quite a lot of different opinions trying explain what their music is like. And I will try to do it here but it is difficult. But what I can say is that it is prog, they are different from the norm and they like to really challenge the listener whose prepared to spend time trying to really unlock their music but at the same time people who don't have the time to get into their stuff can still be rewarded. What I'm saying is their music works on 2 levels and that is one of the things that make this band so special.

The album has a nice opening with "Soyuz one". I love the build up on this track as it begins another facinating Gazpacho journey weaving gently into the album. Then the track has these wonderful heavy then soft moments reminesant of "Even Less" by Porcupine tree but done with the Gazpacho stamp. The second track "Hypomaina" also has a gentle introduction but after that the band throw a bit of a curve ball and go into a terrority I have never really heard Gazpacho go in before. It actually sounds like Radiohead's "The Bends" era. And with "The Bends" being my favourite Radiohead album, this is no bad thing for me at all. This is an excellent track and nice to see a band who after 10 albums are still mixing things up a bit.

The thrid track "Exit suite" acts as a nice break after the heavier "Hypomania". What I like about Gazpacho is really they have 3 musical weapons. The guitar, the keyboard and the violin. Instead of creating say a guitar driven track or a keyboard driven track. They often give each instrument the limelight within each song. For example in "Soyuz one", there is a violin solo outro to the track which is just amazing and something which seems quite rare on a prog record. But again this is just another thing which makes Gazpacho stand out and keeps them interesting. The 4th track "Emperor Bespoke" is a great example of this with some bits focusing on the keyboards, some the guitar then some bits are a mix of both. This is an 8 minute track and is one of my favourites off the album. The soaring vocals on this track just top it off for me.

Then the album takes a bit of a down turn for me with in my opinion the 2 weakest tracks off the album being "Sky burial" and "Fleeting thoughts". The thing I don't like about "Sky burial" in particular is the 2 notes being played on the keyboard over and over again throughout the track. While with "Fleeting thoughts" there is just not enough happening for me in this track. But it was almost like these are the 2 calm tracks before the epic 13 minute centrepiece which is "Soyuz out". This track really just takes my breath away and just shows how good Gazpacho are at constructing long songs while keeping them interesting. The album finishes with "Rappaccini" which is a nice wind down track and a good way of finishing the album.

Overall this is a good album with many magical moments. There are a couple of bits which for me weren't as good but somehow they are positioned into the album in a way that they kind of made the best with what they had. I have heard quite a bit of Gazpacho's back catalogue this year and this one certainly fits into it very well. On the whole it is an album I would go back to try unlock more of the hidden secrets that lay within. And you never know hopefully those thoughts I had about those 2 tracks will just have been fleeting thoughts...

 March Of Ghosts by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 421 ratings

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March Of Ghosts
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by ProgAlia

5 stars This is one of the brightest post-rock/progressive albums, knowing that Gazpacho makes a type of progressive/post artsy alternative rock that is similar to Marillion, Anathema, Kent or Porcupine Tree. It's slow, plodding post-rock with melancholy melodies, diverse instruments and wistful vocals. March of the Ghosts, the band's 7th record and second on KScope, is what I would call a really good record . I love the instrumentation and the writing and the band's hybrid progressive sound definitely fits in with labelmates Porcupine Tree and Anathema, which is a great compliment to the band. The 4 intertwined tracks 'Hell Freezes Over' I-IV, have a really beautiful, anthemic chorus that finally culminates in something that borders on 'heavy' on the final track of the album.
 Introducing Gazpacho by GAZPACHO album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
3.17 | 5 ratings

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Introducing Gazpacho
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This is a nice compilation for those who are not that familiar with Gazpacho, a Norwegian band that has been on the prog scene from the beginning of the millennium, creating atmospheric music, laid-back songs that bring the listener moments of tranquility and reflexion, constructed on a kind of melancholic neo-prog. I particularly fell in love with their 2007-release "Night" which I still consider their best work so far, however, all of their albums bring moments of quality that bring the listener a pretty good experience.

What I think sometimes happens to the band, is that some of their songs are not as solid as others, I mean, some albums wonderfully flow but in others there is something missing, maybe some tunes lack of power or maybe some moments could be even skipped, which is not that good. This feeling does not happen to me with "Night" which I can listen to over and over, and it is good to see this compilation album brings the extraordinary "Dream of Stone" from that album, this particular song is my favorite of the band.

"Introducing Gazpacho" is a two-cd release that features 6 songs on each, offering over 80 minutes of a very decent selection of their representative songs from their whole catalogue (except "Molok" which hadn't been released at that time). The order is peculiar, it goes from the newest to the oldest tunes, songs taken from 8 different albums so you can have a sneak peek of what all of them sound. Nice to see "Bravo" included here as the last song; also nice to enjoy tracks such as "Substitute for Murder", the amazing "The Walk" or "Black Lilly". If you are new to the band or you already know them but want to sing some catchy tunes, you will enjoy this, however, as I use to do, I would always recommend to listen to the studio records rather than a compilation.

If you are already listening to this, then you can do only one thing: enjoy it!

 Molok by GAZPACHO album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.84 | 203 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 | 580 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. Itīs a slightly different album compared to itīs 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 protagonistīs 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 Ohmeīs 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, itīs still feels a bit too long and repetitive, which isnīt 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. Itīs 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. Itīs a grower for sure, and the more you listen to the songs, the better you remember the hooks, but they arenīt 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 werenīt 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
4.27 | 32 ratings

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Night Of The Demon
Gazpacho Crossover Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic 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 | 370 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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