I discovered this Spanish five-piece formation on The Spanish Progressive
Rock Page in the New Releases section, like I did with other promising new
Spanish bands Zaguan, Neverness, Bijou and the excellent Senogul. I was very
curious to Albatros their sound when I read about their psychedelic oriented
blend of several styles, from Rock Andalus to prog metal. Well, during my
first listening session I got impressed from the very first moment. Although
I trace elements from early Led Zeppelin, Seventies Hawkwind, Pink Floyd
(Pompeii-era) and Eighties Rush, I notice that Albatros has developped an
own musical identity: their trademarks are great dynamics and building up
compelling or hypnotizing atmospheres, topped with surprising musical ideas,
an adventurous rhythm-section, powerful guitarwork and inventive
keyboardplay. The album contains 8 songs, I am delighted about 6 tracks
because these showcase Albatros their exciting eclectic musical approach.
* The instrumental 48: it starts with the sound of the sea and birds,
blended with powerful saxophone work and then climates that shift from
propulsive with prog metal guitar/drums to a slow rhythm with sensitive
electric guitar/mellow organ and a dreamy atmosphere with twanging guitar
and soaring keyboards, culminating in a very compelling psychedelic mood
featuring great interplay, fiery guitar and hypnotizing synthesizers.
* Supernova: a strong and catchy beat in a hypnotizing climate (evoking
early Hawkwind) with wah-wah guitar and lots of dynamics, the second part is
mellow with Floydian guitar and warm Spanish vocals, culminating in a lush
finale featuring a sensitive electric guitar solo and a fluent
* Santuario: first a mellow climate with twanging acoustic guitar, then an
featuring fluent drums, inspired Spanish vocals and tasteful interplay
between guitar and keyboards.
* The instrumental Ensor: tasteful and varied with sensational interplay
between a bombastic choir-Mellotron-like sound and wah-wah drenched guitar
with obvious psychedelic undertones.
* Waiting For A Sign: first wailing distorted vocals and bluesy Fender
Rhodes piano, then more and more dynamic with a slow but exciting
psychedelic inspired synthesizer solo, very compelling music.
* And finally the instrumental Mehari: dynamic and varied with excellent
work on guitar and keyboards, the climate sounds like Heavy Psychedelic
The other two songs also deliver good and captivating moments but Hombre
Menguante suffers from mediocre English vocals and the final track Las
Tripas de Goliat sounds a bit too fragmentic to me (too many ideas in one
song in my opinion) and I am not pleased with the theatrical way of singing.
My conclusion: this is a very promising progrock band that will please the
fans of psychedelic rock and Heavy Prog, check out their website in order to
discover the exciting sound of Albatros!