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Guapo - History Of The Visitation CD + DVD
Prepare yourself for an experience that’s simultaneously otherworldly and assaultive.
's sound is based around ideas like controlled chaos, atonal harmony, uplifting darkness, and beautiful destruction. Nothing about the band or their work seems to adhere to even the most open-minded set of preconceptions about the meaning of umbrella terms like "rock", or "progressive", or even "experimental". But when you abandon the need to reconcile any of these concepts with each other, and simply let their latest album,
History of the Visitation
, speak for itself, everything becomes radiantly clear.
History of the Visitation is the ninth album from the forward-looking foursome. This album finds them following through on the kind of epic constructions that sprung forth from their albums like
The record is dominated by the 26-minute tour de force "The Pilman Radiant", offset only by the 11-minute journey "Tremors from the Future" and the considerably more compact sonic sculpture known as "Complex #7".
The band currently comprises drummer and founding member
David J. Smith
(Cardiacs, Knifeworld) on guitar and
(Nøght) on bass, joined by recent addition
(Chrome Hoof, Knifeworld) on keyboards.
In addition to the new studio album,this set include a live DVD of the group from their 2006 and 2007 USA and European tours. This is the only live footage of the band available to the public and features former member
of Ulver and Sun 0))).
After introducing the world at large to the gift of Guapo, when we released Five Suns in 2003, we are happy to be once again working with this extraordinary experimental rock band!
You can hear a track from the album here
Here is our official trailer for the DVD
Excellent release! I wasn't sure what to expect with the departure of Daniel O'sullivan, but I must say this release so far exceeded my expectations. With 'only' three tracks on the album, Guapo get things going quickly and never let up through out the duration (except maybe on the "Complex 7", an ambient jam with Eastern sounding flourishes). I have to say the upbeat and very prog sounding "Tremors from the Future" caught me off guard for just a second, only for me to be subsequently drawn into it's energetic, kaleidoscopic dimensions of sound. The addition of a full time guitarist and bassist has made the sound very full. The new keyboardist is also very good for the part. All four members weave their separate parts through a complex tapestry of sound that continues to leave the listener in great anticipation. 5 stars! Hope they tour the states.
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