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Eldorado: Antigravity Sound Machine

Eldorado are a four piece hard rock/classic rock band from Spain, and their latest CD Antigravity Sound Machine offers up '70s & '80s sounds with a modern flair. The band, who hail from Madrid, is comprised of singer Jesús Trujillo, drummer Javier Planelles, Cesar Sanchez on bass, and guitarist Andrés Duende. Keyboards are present on the album as well, but there's no information on who plays them. You can hear a strong influence of Wolfmother here, as well as vintage acts like Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Black Sabbath, Foghat, Deep Purple, and Humble Pie, so look for some catchy hooks, deep grooves, thick, often times bluesy heavy rock riffs, and powerful vocals.

Duende has done a great job here coming up with some neat, chunky riffs, especially on the heavier numbers like "Another Bright Sunday", "Mr. Saturn", "Maybe Forever", and "Searching For Light", many times supported by some tasty organ which gives that slight Deep Purple feel. As for the vocals, Trujillo is a fine singer, and props to him for delivering it all accent free for the most part. On the hard rockers he shows plenty of range, but also reveals his tender side on the mellower tracks "A Farewell to Remember", "Like a Lost Child", and "Kassandra"(which features a great Paul Kossoff styled solo from Duende). For my money though, it's the gritty, '70s styled heavy blues rockers that make this album worth your attention. Just listen to Duende ripping it up on the dramatic funk rocker "Space Mambo" or the lean & mean "Background Radiation", while the band again visits its Deep Purple leanings on the guitar & organ drenched "Paranormal Circus". There's even a hint of prog on "Lady of the Mountain", which has a bit if a Styx feel to it, featuring lush acoustic guitars, keyboards, and layers of soaring vocals. Final track "Blue Jay Wings" is all acoustic, and a rootsy end to this very enjoyable album.

I have to admit, Antigravity Sound Machine is one of those albums that at first didn't impress me too much, but each successive listen revealed more and more and it eventually won me over. All the little '70s bits that they throw at you really work well with the '80s attitude and modern flavors, and I'm guessing that some of the bands successes internationally might soon follow them here to the US. Good stuff!


Track Listing

  1. Maybe Forever
  2. Mr. Saturn
  3. Like a Lost Child
  4. Another Bright Sunday
  5. Searching For Light
  6. A Farewell to Remember
  7. Background Radiation
  8. Space Mambo
  9. Kassandra
  10. Paranormal Circus
  11. Lady of the Mountain
  12. Blue Jay Wings

Added: October 11th 2012
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Score:
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2100
Language: english

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Eldorado: Antigravity Sound Machine
Posted by Dean Pedley, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-10-11 09:44:11
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This Spanish four piece formed back in 2007 with their mutual appreciation being the classic rock legends of the 1970's, a style and flair that they seek to recapture without being mere retro-rock imitators. Tub thumping opener 'Maybe Forever' has a rollicking hard vibe with the edgy groove of current leading lights Black Stone Cherry but mixes in a spiky attitude. Throughout the keyboards are used sparingly although they make an impact on the moody 'Like A Child Again' that has real shades of Deep Purple and overall the production of Richard Chycki (Dream Theater, Aerosmith and Rush) is well balanced. There are many bands around in 2012 that take the 70's as their starting point but the challenge is to really mix in some contemporary touches and offer a new take on a much copied theme. Eldorado have certainly achieved this and the only thing that lets the album down is the CD cover art which is quite sloppy and looks cheap and nasty - there are some interesting use of graphics in the inner booklet which could have been put to better use on the cover itself.



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