THE GIANT HOGWEED ORCHESTRA The Giant Hogweed Orchestra

by Mellow Records MMP439

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Not content with the exceptional musical achievements
of Groovector, Finland has unleashed another gem.
This epic yet unknown album has all the hallmarks and
the merits of a true prog monument.
With Groovector bassist Teemu Niemala lending a hand
on Moog, this crew of dual guitars (meshing the acoustic
and electric spendidly), sparse but effective keyboards,
liberal dosage of savvy flute escapades, all held down
by a steady yet busy rythm section deliver a wicked
groove throughout.
From the gentle acoutic intro "Arabia", hinting at sultry
horizons, as we segue directly into masterpiece number
One, the spellbinding "Spirals", you just know this is
going to cook, feeling the vibe oozing into your mind.
The dual guitar attack weave a potent brew, interacting
in a loose, very bluesy, almost vintage Floydian expanse,
stretching emotive simplicity to various paroxysms of
aural delight.
This piece in particular will tantalize fans of Gong"s
"Isle of Everywhere", with a similar spacy extended workout.
The next two tracks just keep the fire burning until we hit
the next milestone : the 19 minute "Halogen" .
Laying down a majestic tapestry of jazzy, bucolic and
brooding soudscapes, adorned with percussive frills,
delicate slivers of flute and powered by guitar scratches
blending with the main riff, this piece just builds into a
very cool, quite laidback yet intense groove, never letting
go as the volume and the lusher symphonics grow in
stature, peaking with the change of pace- demonic
Moog solo.
In terms of comparison, perhaps Focus during the 3
album period comes to mind in a less frantic, chillier
environment. (They are Finns after all!).
A most definite winner , out of leftfield possibly, but that"s
what makes the chase so exhilarating when you land on
a recording that sparkles unexpectedly your sensors.
Please do not miss out on this exquisite piece of music.

Review by tszirmay
from www.progarchives.com

credits

released April 8, 2002

Antti Aalto
electric & acoustic guitar

Jaakko Kakko
drums & percussion

Jyri Traskelin
flute

Mika Muinonen
electric guitar

Turo Sinkkonen
bass, piano

guests:

Alpo Nummelin
didgeridoo

Mikko Tuominen
trumpet

Teemu Niemela
moog

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