GNIDROLOG strikes back! The band that wasn't for the last 30 years got back with a vengence. They not only reformed to play live and cash on nostalgia for the days of old but came up with the album of original music that rocks on.
"Gnosis" is a real proof that progressive rock of early 70s can be relevant and modern today. The Goldring brothers fully retained the impetus that was lost by many of their peers, not to say about newcomers. There are pieces written in 1970 next to ones composed in 80s and 1999. And it's a pity that we were short of such a masterpiece from GNIDROLOG for so long. The album sounds extremely fresh.
All the folk stuff from all over the world seemed to be used in rock music to the date - but no, there is one that wasn't - the Jewish music. (Let's not talk about Israeli bands, they're not worthy, they are just awkward.) And here it is, Colin and Stewart Goldring not only artificially put those motifs to rock but they feel it. The listener feels it from the outset, "Reach for tomorrow", too. It's not a song, it's a prayer for peace turned to God - Colin calls out "Shaddai", one of His names. The tune is great making one understand he deals with something special.
"Reverend Katz" is an instrumental piece in the beginning resembling, maybe, TULL - but no, it's second to none. One guitar part overlaps another building a golden pyramid of sound. Although the tune is composed by Colin, it's Stewart who really shines here. One hell of a guitar player! Time comes to slow down a little bit and we're welcome to "Fall To Ground", soft acoustic ballad, very light and gentle that easily could make a Top 10 hit if anyone bothers to promote it.
Next is "Woolunga", quite a standard prog rock guitar instrumental, the one that Steve Hackett is a great master of. But don't take it too seriously, just listen to the funny sounds of recorders and didjeridoos, played respectively by Colin and David Hudson. "Wonder, wonder" is beautifully crafted rhythmic tune with classic guitar at the fore. A little poppy and even danceable but acoustic solo is a real wonder.
GNIDROLOG's second album released in 1972 was called "Lady Lake" and there is a Dutch named after it. The Goldring twins met their followers and were inspired to write "Deventer", recorders-driven piece. Acoustic guitar, than recorder comes in - sell a tune to Ian Anderson, guys! - creating a medieval mood. And then again guitar plays in flamenco style.
"Bells of Prozac" - good title, isn't it? Atmospheric, even a little bit jazzy soundscape, interchanging guitar waves - and a cute bass solo from Rick Kemp. Excellent! "Kings Of Rock" was written back in 1973 and dedicated to the memory of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. It's a gentle lament for dear friends, not blues Pearl and Jimi were masters of, great yet solemn ballad with singalongable, mighty chorus that could fit QUEEN. And instead of Nessa Glen here is old master Chris Copping caressing his Hammond B3, which is very prominent during steel guitar solo filled with tears.
The title track represents Hassidic dance melodies (I wish you heard the originals!) as seen through the prism of classic hard rock. Colin Goldring is absent but his son, Sam, is in. Along the way the energy-charged piece turns more progressive, full of acoustic guitar reminding of Steve Howe solo tracks and heavy-weight bass. "Crazy, Crazy" is a light folky tune with slide guitar and harmonica, there's a catchy chorus to hum afterwards.
SUPERTRAMP could make a fortune of "Going To France", very rocking song, again with Copping coping with keys. It's followed by the solid modern-feel track called "The City Sleeps", the last with vocals. The last two pieces are instrumental. "Two Helens", a sonic portrait of the brothers' wives, being a gentle and smooth classic guitar soloing from Stewart, while "Repent Harlequin", inspired by Harlan Ellison SF story, is a little viscous tune with cello-like keyboards, a piece to be orchestrated for some theatre playing - just like those by Steve Hackett on "Please Don't Touch".
With "Gnosis" we have a powerful album on par with ones we own and treasure for many years. A must have.>