Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Artrock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 159 / 4-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Kscope | Autor: SaS

With their seven albums Gazpacho have conquered a firm place in the New Artrock universe. Your signing at Kscope 2010 was also the right step to get the deserved attention. As part of the preparations for their eighth recording, Gazpacho re-recorded their most epic work, "Night". That's not unimportant, if you want to understand why the band returns with "Demon" to the "Night" (and the predecessor "Tick Tock") tested form of a few very long tracks. On the last record "March Of Ghosts" Gazpacho had brought their songwriting a big step forward and shone with shorter tracks. "Demon", however, breathes the spirit of "Night" again - not a step back, because it is even more complex. This is not least due to the great innovations that flow into every song: The opener "I've Been Walking (Part One)" meanders in the typical, slowly building gazpacho style until a Gregorian chorale suddenly breaks down. The only short piece "The Wizard Of Altei Mountain" is an unexpected circus song with a dominating accordion. On "I've Been Walking (Part Two)", however, the band achieves something truly amazing: an old gramophone recording is incorporated into the song as an additional instrument; a great arrangement, miles away from the usual sampling technique. On the other hand, the longest piece, "Death Room" (18 minutes), will probably split the listeners. Maybe it's a bit too loaded with acoustic horror movie effects, on the other hand they make it just so engaging. And the story behind "Demon" proves that the musical experiments are not an end in themselves: the lyrics deal with the discovery of an old diary in Prague, which deals with the presence of a centuries-old demon. A true story by the way, the manuscript can be seen in a Prague library.

Top track: I've Been Walking (Part Two)

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