Here's the good news: Gazpacho's March of Ghosts is not as bleak or despondent as last year's Missa Atropos. You might say there's even some liveliness to the music. But I could be deceived, a victim of Gazpacho's strangely eerie and entertaining talent.
Unlike the previous album, this is not conceptual venture. Rather it's catalog of short stories. Gazpacho clarifies, 'the lead character spend a night where all these ghosts (dead and alive) would march past him to tell their stories.' Ghost alive? Is that like, zombies? Nevertheless, this could be equally depressing music akin to previous material.
But somehow March of Ghosts, as said earlier, is curiously and suspiciously lively and positive. Perhaps I just 'get' the hopelessness inherent in Gazpacho's music. After all they come from Norway, not exactly the best environment for a sunny and shiny disposition. Considering Jan-Henrik Ohme's vocals, always and equally passionate and anguished, you would suspect different. Enjoy Black Lily to find Ohme at his best. The music has an intriguing vibe: somewhere intersecting Floyd, Marillion, Genesis, and Gazpacho themselves. Listen to the ghost of Mary Celeste to be convinced.
While still often despairing and desperate, March of Ghosts is likely the most accessible piece Gazpacho has done in several albums. Or perhaps not. It's not really their thing. You know, to be friendly or radio ready. Ultimately, I dig March of Ghosts. Very recommended.
There's no doubting the sullen despondency inherent in their music. But Gazpacho's March of Ghosts could be their most friendly and accessible record to date.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]