Monday, March 9, 2015

ELDORADO: "Babylonia Haze"

Rating: RRRr
Label: Indie/Dejmedecirte 2015
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

'Ten songs arisen from improvisations and developments with psychedelic vocation' - you'd be daft not to expect the complex progressive art album with such a vivid description? Not quite as much prog as expected though since it's more in the tradition of early 70's acts such as Captain Beyond, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (yes, the barking mad 'Fire' dude), Iron Butterfly, Uriah Heep, only with the hint of stoner rock and the modern production, mixed and mastered by Richard Chychi (Aerosmith, Dream Theater).

One thing's for sure though. It's good - darn good actually. The unbelievable fat Hammond organ sound throughout the record and ten songs of pure joy to the fan of groovy rock and sideburns. Indeed. Eldorado's latest effort has the swagger and swing of Grace Kelly with a baseball bat and there's plenty of atmospheric wailing from their impressive vocalist/keyboardist Jesús Trujillo. The more you listen to "Babylonia Haze" the more fun layers you'll find of groovy hard rock and the occasional folk and psychedelia.

The album feature Nyckelharpa - the odd Swedish instrument (weird - considering that the band members are from Spain and Argentina) as well as that darn Jethro Tull-ish flute and mandolin. To keep it balanced there are some straight ahead Hammond numbers such as "Flowers Of Envy", the great ballad in the style of early Uriah Heep (David Byron era). I'm actually listening to this at the approx same time as the latest Europe album (see review elsewhere) and there's such a vast difference, song quality-wise. These melodies simply blast through your speakers with the force and energy of an up and coming act. They are hungry, they are ready, they are Eldorado.

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