Release date: 17 March 2014
Style: Atmospheric rock, Progressive rock

Rating:

8.4 | 36 votes

Owners:

24 have it
4 want it


01. I've Been Walking
02. The Wizard Of Altai Mountains
03. I've Been Walking (Part 2)
04. Death Room
05. The Cage [bonus]

Staff pick by
Ivor

05.05.2014 This will have been the most beautiful prog album you've listened so far this year. I know I've used this kind of catch-line before but the latest album from this Norwegian band just demands it. It is well thought-through and detailed, dark and melancholic. Excellence of this album cannot be denied. It is simply magnificent from the very beginning to the very end.

Here's the album trailer or "The Wizard of Altai Mountains" for sampling.

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BloodTears - 05.05.2014 at 16:54  
Rating: 9 Lovers of prog cannot miss this album. It's a gem, not so hidden anymore
Lethrokai - 05.05.2014 at 21:41  
Rating: 9 Definitely one of the better releases of the prog rock scene so far this year. Beautiful and mature.

Also Death Room is an absolutely astounding song, and deserves special praise.

EDIT: Screwed up by saying prog "metal"
R'Vannith - 06.05.2014 at 09:25  
Rating: 10 "Detailed" is the key word. The level of detail to this is phenomenal. Not a single idle note.
In5anity - 06.05.2014 at 20:22  
  Four albums since Tick Tock?! Wow, did I lose sight of this band.
Ivor - 06.05.2014 at 23:36  
 
Written by In5anity on 06.05.2014 at 20:22

Four albums since Tick Tock?! Wow, did I lose sight of this band.

Two actually, the other two are lives.

I.
robpal - 07.05.2014 at 13:38  
  Just beautiful.

Wondering if you could post last Termaze's effort as a staff pick? Underrated, unknown and amazing at the same time
JohnDoe - 07.05.2014 at 14:05  
 
Written by Lethrokai on 05.05.2014 at 21:41

Definitely one of the better releases of the prog metal scene so far this year. Beautiful and mature.



since when are these guys prog metal?
Ivor - 07.05.2014 at 14:17  
 
Written by robpal on 07.05.2014 at 13:38

Wondering if you could post last Termaze's effort as a staff pick? Underrated, unknown and amazing at the same time

Maybe when I think better of their album. So far I'm not impressed.

I.
In5anity - 07.05.2014 at 19:02  
 
Written by Ivor on 06.05.2014 at 23:36

Written by In5anity on 06.05.2014 at 20:22

Four albums since Tick Tock?! Wow, did I lose sight of this band.

Two actually, the other two are lives.

I.

Ah I see. So no Devin Townsend album release rhythm.
K†ulu - 07.05.2014 at 19:48  
Rating: 7 I think "Death Room" is pretty much a masterpiece, but as far as other songs, I don't know: maybe they need more time. After a few listens, both parts of "I've Been Walking" seem a little samey and empty (as in not much going on), and the "Wizard of Altai Mountains" is somewhat of a disjointed track. I am not even sure how much of it is the band playing and how much is a borrowed sample. I will give it more listens when I am... ready.
toxx - 08.05.2014 at 09:14  
  Fantastic piece of art!
Doge of Venice - 08.05.2014 at 20:36  
Rating: 9 For those interested:

Lethrokai - 08.05.2014 at 22:31  
Rating: 9
Written by JohnDoe on 07.05.2014 at 14:05

Written by Lethrokai on 05.05.2014 at 21:41

Definitely one of the better releases of the prog metal scene so far this year. Beautiful and mature.



since when are these guys prog metal?


Ah, good point. I kinda slipped up there when saying metal.
RavenEffect - 09.05.2014 at 15:20  
Rating: 8 I think there is no such thing as Prog Metal fans, since they're usually fans of the whole Prog genre.
Diverge - 10.05.2014 at 06:43  
Rating: 9 This is immaculate. Another splendid contribution to 2014.
Doge of Venice - 11.05.2014 at 15:45  
Rating: 9 I really enjoyed this, yes. I'm a huge fan of the sound on Wizard of Altai Mountains.
Dima - 07.06.2014 at 14:58  
Rating: 9 Enjoyed this big time. It's so pure ^.^
LeKiwi - 10.06.2014 at 03:53  
Rating: 9
Written by RavenEffect on 09.05.2014 at 15:20

I think there is no such thing as Prog Metal fans, since they're usually fans of the whole Prog genre.

True. Although, there are people who call themselves "prog metal" fans when all they listen to is djent and prog ____core
RavenEffect - 10.06.2014 at 15:38  
Rating: 8 Claiming something as despicable as Djent is prog gives me urges to get a double barrel shotgun and implement martial law.
Fradd - 11.06.2014 at 20:35  
Rating: 9 Reminds me of Phideaux. Top quality prog.
Góral - 12.06.2014 at 17:55  
Rating: 8 I feel that "Demon" will become the new magnum opus of this band - magic, inspiring, balanced somewhere between highlighted bass, mournful piano and violin chords, oriental, acoustic sound with slight electronic elements.
The whole album is amazing progress compared to the previous, pretty average "March Of Ghosts". A really fantastic return to top form.
LeKiwi - 17.06.2014 at 02:36  
Rating: 9
Written by RavenEffect on 10.06.2014 at 15:38

Claiming something as despicable as Djent is prog gives me urges to get a double barrel shotgun and implement martial law.

While Djent is prog by definition, it seems that the trend involves using that as a fulcrum to pass off pretentious wank as "intelligent".
Pazdzioch - 18.06.2014 at 10:58  
  Just tried a couple of tracks... Didn't enjoy it. Bland vocals and snoring songwriting put me off. Totally not my kind of thing.

P.
Diverge - 21.06.2014 at 00:43  
Rating: 9
Written by Pazdzioch on 18.06.2014 at 10:58

Just tried a couple of tracks... Didn't enjoy it. Bland vocals and snoring songwriting put me off. Totally not my kind of thing.

P.

Hmm I find it hard to believe anyone could be deterred by the songwriting of this album. The atmosphere may feel familiar and uncomplicated (and I can imagine some listeners finding the ATMOSPHERE boring), but the songwriting itself is actually very adventurous if I had to be completely honest. Motifs are being developed with a great deal of depth and are supplemented with lots of subtle instrumental choices/vocalists, however, and I suspect that's the reason people are giving this the level of acclaim it is getting. As R'Vannith mentioned, there is no idle note (or, to be more moderate, very few idle notes). Using the term "snoring" to describe the songwriting perhaps implies a certain laziness to the musicians, but it's pretty clear to me that a lot of thought went into the construction of these tracks. It's without surprises, but that certainly doesn't make the songwriting itself "snoring". It's the atmosphere that's probably of issue to you.
Lethrokai - 27.06.2014 at 11:14  
Rating: 9
Written by LeKiwi on 17.06.2014 at 02:36

Written by RavenEffect on 10.06.2014 at 15:38

Claiming something as despicable as Djent is prog gives me urges to get a double barrel shotgun and implement martial law.

While Djent is prog by definition, it seems that the trend involves using that as a fulcrum to pass off pretentious wank as "intelligent".

That being said though being djent doesn't make an album inherently bad.

Take David Maxim Micic for example. The guy actually has a REALLY creative take on djent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t1WX9WXQZg
Fritillaria - 27.06.2014 at 11:24  
Rating: 9 I'm no lover of prog music, so why this band was suggested to me ?
LeKiwi - 27.06.2014 at 12:13  
Rating: 9
Written by Lethrokai on 27.06.2014 at 11:14

That being said though being djent doesn't make an album inherently bad.

Take David Maxim Micic for example. The guy actually has a REALLY creative take on djent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t1WX9WXQZg

Definitely, there's plenty of brilliant music under that classification.

There's hardly any Djent on DMM's latest album barring the song "Smile", but I see your point.
Góral - 08.07.2014 at 17:01  
Rating: 8
Written by Pazdzioch on 18.06.2014 at 10:58

Just tried a couple of tracks... Didn't enjoy it. Bland vocals and snoring songwriting put me off. Totally not my kind of thing.

P.

Personally I have no objections to the songwriting, but I can agree that Ohme's vocal-possibility are relatively limited, and it may sound sometimes monotonous. Fortunately, on the "Demon" we have much more instrumental parts and the vocals appear sporadically - this is a very good step imo. With all its beauty, this album is rather dedicated for fans of crossover prog/art/folk rock landscapes, and as far as I know you, this will not convince you rather. Anyway, it's worth to listen to it again for sure.
tea[m]ster - 10.07.2014 at 15:48  
 
Written by Pazdzioch on 18.06.2014 at 10:58

Just tried a couple of tracks... Didn't enjoy it. Bland vocals and snoring songwriting put me off. Totally not my kind of thing.


I tried this when it was leaked months ago, before all the hoopla. I felt the same way. I suppose I can give this another shot.
Fradd - 15.07.2014 at 02:05  
Rating: 9
Written by Fritillaria on 27.06.2014 at 11:24

I'm no lover of prog music, so why this band was suggested to me ?

because fuck me if this isnt one of the most beautiful vocalists you've ever heard.
Unhealer - 15.07.2014 at 06:23  
Rating: 8 This guy's voice reminds me a lot to the second singer of Tesseract, Elliot, and that is definitely a good thing. Lovely album.
Fritillaria - 19.07.2014 at 18:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Fradd on 15.07.2014 at 02:05

because fuck me if this isnt one of the most beautiful vocalists you've ever heard.

ok I'll check it out right away.
Fradd - 19.07.2014 at 19:00  
Rating: 9
Written by Fritillaria on 19.07.2014 at 18:57

ok I'll check it out right away.

you mean you havent already? how could you
Fritillaria - 19.07.2014 at 19:05  
Rating: 9
Written by Fradd on 19.07.2014 at 19:00

you mean you havent already? how could you


erm I can't find it :/
Diverge - 20.07.2014 at 00:43  
Rating: 9
Written by Fritillaria on 19.07.2014 at 19:05

Written by Fradd on 19.07.2014 at 19:00

you mean you havent already? how could you


erm I can't find it :/

It's literally right in this thread in a post by Doge of Venice.
Fritillaria - 23.07.2014 at 19:04  
Rating: 9 This is really a piece of art, I can't tell you how much I enjoy it, every time that I put it on.
Maco - 24.07.2014 at 19:34  
  Damn what a snorefest.
Fritillaria - 24.07.2014 at 20:06  
Rating: 9
Written by Maco on 24.07.2014 at 19:34

Damn what a snorefest.

really ?
Maco - 24.07.2014 at 20:09  
 
Written by Fritillaria on 24.07.2014 at 20:06

really ?


Really.
Fritillaria - 24.07.2014 at 20:26  
Rating: 9
Written by Maco on 24.07.2014 at 20:09

Really.

OK, although I'm not into prog much, I liked this one so much because mainly it's not snorefest like many other prog music
Maco - 24.07.2014 at 20:30  
 
Written by Fritillaria on 24.07.2014 at 20:26

OK, although I'm not into prog much, I liked this one so much because mainly it's not snorefest like many other prog music


For me it is, but fine if you like it.
Doge of Venice - 25.07.2014 at 16:27  
Rating: 9
Written by Maco on 24.07.2014 at 20:30

Written by Fritillaria on 24.07.2014 at 20:26

OK, although I'm not into prog much, I liked this one so much because mainly it's not snorefest like many other prog music


For me it is, but fine if you like it.


It is certainly slow-paced, I will agree. But a snorefest? I'd be interested in hearing why you think so.
NocturnalStalker - 28.07.2014 at 18:24  
Rating: 9 Not sure, whether I like Demon more than the previous releases of Gazpacho, but it sounds interesting. Reminds me a lot of classic prog rock of 70's and 80's. My favourite track is I've Been Walking (both parts).

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