Following the 2011 release Missa Atropos, there were some (not me) that felt Gazpacho's obsession of creating a peice of music that is on par with their masterpiece, Night, had gone too far. March of Ghosts will reward these people 100-fold.
Whilst I agree that Missa Atropos was a dark, multi-layed piece that required many listens to fully reveal the true brilliance created, March of Ghosts is nowhere near as dark, and not as intensly multi-layed. Don't be deceived into thinking it is any less stunning though!
The intrumentation used is new in some places, but played everything is played beautifully and to perfection. When I first put this album on my player I recognised this could only be Gazpacho, and when I arrived at Hell Freezes Over Part 2, I reached my first "WOW" moment.
But the big "WOW" moment arrived after a week of listening to this piece of work!
Gazpacho are masters at the multi-layered sound. Sound that is not obvious at first, but slowly releases itself to you. On first listen, Hell Freezes Over (Parts I, II and IV), and Black Lily, all deliver their charms quickly, but over time the tracks you felt had not initially grabbed you, start to deliver their "WOW" factor.
In March Of Ghosts there are more than one of these moments. What Do I Do?, Golem and THe Dumb suddenly unleash there hidden layers and will have a huge impact on you.
Gazpacho defy a genre and this is one of their charms. If you have the patience love of music enough to seek out music other than what you hear on the radio, there is no doubt Gazpacho provide a more than adequate return on this investment.
There are many musical styles in the World, and whilst it is not possible to be in touch with all, I do believe it is time the World experienced Gazpacho. If it did, March of Ghosts is a very good place to start.