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Gurth: Tormentes

Santana-like fusion characterizes Tormentes, the latest album from the Barcelona outfit known, rather questionably, as Gurth. Influences include King Crimson, Gong, Frank Zappa, Return to Forever and early Pink Floyd, and the 11 mostly instrumental songs here — a few are sung, I believe, in the Spanish Romance language of Catalan — prove the quintet's musical competency.

Now, about that offensive collage-style cover. We've posted it here — something that not even the band's Russian label, Mals Ltd., is willing to do, opting instead to use on its web site the image from the back of the CD's booklet. Can't say this is going to attract many new listeners…

Track Listing:
1. Somnis Lliures
2. Cami Sonor
3. Coese Que Passen
4. La Corrupcio De L'enyor
5. Les Caldered D'en Pere Botero
6. Les oliveres D'en Joan
7. El Patufet Va Amb Vespa
8. Tormentes De Diners Amb Fang
9. Truita De Tortuga
10. Juga'mi
11. Sssssxxxhhhh!!, A Dormir

Added: February 5th 2009
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Record Label Site
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Language: english

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Gurth: Tormentes
Posted by Alex Torres, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-02-05 10:59:02
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Looking through Gurth's long list of self-confessed influences on their MySpace page I didn't find the one that most obviously came to mind on listening to Tormentes and that was Santana. Ok, so they might not come from Latin America, but they are from Spain, source of many of South America's rhythms, and those rhythms often find their way onto this album. Add to that a guitarist that has clearly listened to Carlos Santana in his time and you have the ingredients for a significant name-check.

Tormentes is in a style reminiscent of that famous band without being a straight copy. The main element of the soundscape is jazz-rock fusion with the emphasis on Latin rhythms. Within this you can go from quite rocky (sections of "les calderes d'en Pere Bolero") to the very melodic, almost pop of "coses qui passen" and "juga'mi", to the ethereal and beautiful acoustic guitar of "sssssxxxxxhhhh....a dormir". These are some of the highlights, as is the vibraphone inspired "les oliveres d'en Joan".

It's a good album of jazz-rock fusion with a Latin flavour. Gurth's music is the kind that really comes to life played live so if you ever see that they're playing near you then go along - party time!

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