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Gongzilla – Thrive (1996)

30-07-2014, 07:50
Music | Jazz | Rock | FLAC / APE

Gongzilla – Thrive (1996)

Artist: Gongzilla
Title Of Album: Thrive
Year Of Release: 1996
Label: Lolo Records 010-2
Genre: Progressive Fusion
Quality: MP3 | FLAC
Bitrate: VBR 0 | 16Bit/44kHz
Total Size: 130 MB | 361 MB
Total Time: 53:40
Website: Discogs

01. Suffer 08:31
02. Say It Loud 04:44
03. Island 08:13
04. Image 08:00
05. Shaman 06:48
06. Les Vosges 05:00
07. Listen To The Wind 06:59
08. Image (Reprise) 03:04
09. Console Warmer 02:25

Hansford Rowe: Bass, Guitar (Bass), Vocals, Producer (ex Gong)
Bon Lozaga: Guitar, Producer, E-Bow (ex Gong)
David Torn: Guitar, Loops (ex Jan Garbarek)
Benoit Moerlen: Marimba, Vibraphone (ex Gong)
Gary Husband: Drums (ex John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck)

Review by Glenn Astarita from Allmusic:
Gongzilla (a spin-off of the British Canterbury Scene and sometimes fusion group Gong), follows up their excellent 1995 outing with a few changes in personnel on this 1996 release. Here, digital guitar, EFX, and loop expert David Torn pairs up with guitarist Bon Lozaga for the often loud and boisterous front-line attack. With pieces such as the opener, "Suffer," and "Say It Loud," the band pursues pounding straight rock motifs and riff-based funk grooves stitched together amid generally forgettable themes and tempered soul/rap vocals. Essentially, this presentation surges onward in a fashion that might be analogous to a lumbering freight train, although Torn's ethereal guitar musings and unorthodox phraseology adds some respite to a recording that is relatively devoid of any noticeable highlights. Hence, Thrive serves as a major disappointment, especially for those who found this outfit's freshman release to be an extremely valuable addition to the '90s fusion and/or progressive rock arena.

Biography by Geoff Orens from Allmusic:
Another branch in the Gong family tree, Gongzilla was a reassembly of several of the members of early Pierre Moerlin's Gong and played a similar style jazz-rock fusion. Formed in 1994 by guitarist Ben Lozaga and bassist Hansford Rowe, the group was rounded out by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, percussionist Bobby Thomas Jr., and vibraphonist Beniot Moerlen. They released Suffer in 1995, which found the band exploring some more hard rock stylings than Piere Moerlin's Gong. The album was ranked the number three fusion album of the year by Pulse!. Thrive followed in 1996 which added drummer Gary Husband and guitarist David Torn to the mix while featuring Rowe on vocals.

More info here:
The label's website
Benoît Moerlen on Wikipedia



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