|Haunting songwriting creating a beautiful and hypnotic album!
Format: CD / Cat No: KSCOPE166 / Released: 14/02/2011
Track Listing: Mass For Atropos I / Defense Mechanism / I Was Never Here / Snail / River / Mass For Atropos II / Missa Atropos / Sheīs Awake / Vera / Will to Live / Mass for Atropos III / Splendid Isolation / An Audience
More information: ĎA delightfully mellifluous selection. They wonít be Norwayís best kept secret much longerí Ė Jerry Ewing, Classic Rock Prog
Formed in Oslo in 1996 by childhood friends Jon-Arne Vilbo and Thomas Andersen along with Jan-Henrik Ohme (later joined by Mikael KrÝmer, Robert R Johansen and Kristian Torp), Gazpacho have honed their unique sound over a string of critically acclaimed albums and numerous tours, including several with long-time supporters Marillion.
These albums and tours, and the internet and word-of-mouth praise that have greeted them, have helped the band build a substantial international fan base. All the bandís releases until this point have either been self-released or on Marillionís Racket Records label but the band have now signed to Kscope who are set to give an international release to the bandís latest album Missa Atropos, which has previously only been available in Germany.
The follow-up to 2009ís Tick Tock (Album Of The Month, Eclipsed), Missa Atropos is an ambitious concept album. Dealing with themes of death, fear and loneliness, it combines the bandís musical skills and haunting songwriting to create a beautiful and hypnotic piece of art. Darker than the bandís previous two albums, it still features many of the distinctive characteristicís of a Gazpacho album, with ambient passages, violin and classical music, elements of world music as well as real samples of coded information sent during the cold war on short wave radio.