"Most of the album was written in a true writing orgy, in which Mikael, Thomas and I jammed all day and all night long," says band founder Jon-Arne Vilbo. "'March Of Ghosts‛ was amazingly easy for us to write." So there it is, the muse's 24-hour kiss. And this time she has caught the Oslo sextet telling with its seventh studio album many little bizarre stories that "have remained untold for far too long", stories of strange characters crossing the narrator's path during a night. As easy as the Norwegians' work was to play, as easy as it was to nestle - despite all the typical Gazpacho melancholy - to the listener's heart. The pieces seem more pleasing and catchy, even if they are not. This time the drums contribute some escapades (e.g. in the opener "Hell Freezes Over I"). In addition to the spherical guitars, an unusually large number of "classical" instruments such as violins, trombone or accordion can be heard. And all ten pieces have a hint of folk feeling and classical romanticism, which supports Jan Henrik Ohmes singing, which has become even more emotional, in his very own way.
Top Track: Hell Freezes Over IV