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  • Audio CD (14 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B004CUB7VU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mass for Atropos
2. Defense Mechanism
3. I Was Never Here
4. Snail
5. River
6. Mass for Atropos II
7. Missa Atropos
8. She's Awake
9. Vera
10. Will to Live
11. Mass for Atropos III
12. Splendid Isolation
13. An Audience
14. Bravo

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Product Description

2011 release from acclaimed Norwegian Post-Progressive band Gazpacho, and their first for the Kscope label. The follow-up to 2009's Tick Tock (Album Of The Month, Eclipsed), Missa Atropos is an ambitious concept album. Dealing with themes of death, fear and loneliness, it combines the band's musical skills and haunting songwriting to create a beautiful and hypnotic piece of art. Darker than the band's previous two albums, it still features many distinctive Gazpacho characteristics, such as ambient passages, classical influences, elements of world music, and samples of coded information sent during the cold war on short wave radio. Formed in Oslo in 1996 by childhood friends Jon-Arne Vilbo and Thomas Andersen along with Jan-Henrik Ohme (later joined by Mikael Kromer, Robert R Johansen and Kristian Torp), Gazpacho have honed their unique sound over a string of critically acclaimed albums and numerous tours, including several with long-time supporters Marillion. These albums and tours, and the internet and word-of-mouth praise that have greeted them, have helped the band build a substantial international fan base. All the band's releases until this point have either been self-released or on Marillion's Racket Records label but the band have now signed to Kscope who are set to give an international release to the band's latest album Missa Atropos, which has previously only been available in Germany.

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`A delightfully mellifluous selection. They won't be Norway's best kept secret much longer'
-- Jerry Ewing, Classic Rock prog

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Condor on 23 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
This band first came to me notice with their album 'Night' which is still one of my all time favourite albums.
This is by and large laid back symphonic prog, creating a wonderful wall of sound, as a canvas for the lead singers mournful voice. Not unlike Steve Hogarth of Marillion, or even Muse.
This is a concept album telling the story of a man living alone in isolation in a lighthouse and trying to write a mass for the goddess Atropos.
The mass is represented by three short instrumental tracks inter weaved with song based tracks. Beautifully written and great late night listening.
Fans of Marillion in there gentler moments will love this, but it does not mean they don't rock when they want to.
Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Baggiesfaninessex on 22 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Gazpacho's latest album, 'Missa Atropos' is just incredible. Scratch beneath the surface on several listens and what appears reasonably simple belies an underlying complexity in song structure and musical arrangement. They showed great potential on their debut 'Bravo' , then after a few years they came of age with 'Night'. 'Tick Tock' cemented their maturity in the prog world and I didn't really think they could better that album.

But in the same way that Radiohead went one better after 'Bends' with 'OK Computer', Gazpacho have done the same with 'Missa Atropos'. This is their 'OK Computer' and their 'Dark Side of the Moon' in my opinion and tracks like Defense Mechanism, Splendid Isolation and the eponymous Missa Atropos ably demonstrate just how far Gazpacho have come in terms of shaking off the Marillion wannabe image and actually presenting this listener with the album that Marillion should have made in the last 10 years but never quite managed to hit the spot.

Fabulous melodies, dreamlike vocals, underlying themes connected throughout an album that is greater than the sum of it's individual parts - wholly coherent and deserving of repeated listening! The album of 2010 for me!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By allan. bryce on 18 Feb. 2011
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i have only discovered gazpacho in the past few months and have been picking up all the albums .Tick Tock is one of the best albums i have heard in a long time i have been buying music for a long time and find i keep going back to playing Tick Tock.have now picked up new cd.Missa Atropos/which is superb if slightly darker once again i must remark on the vocals by .jan henrik ohme who is an amazing vocalist .keep up the good work music only gets better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Pearson on 21 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have been spoilt with the brilliance of Tick Tock and the earlier albums. I expected and wanted a similar sound in this new release and didn't get it. Shorter tracks that sometimes seem to end before they get started and don't somehow reach the heights the other albums do. I think I am being over harsh and again, as with all their albums, I need to work at it. The quality is there and the voice is superb. I am sure it will eventually impress me as much as the other albums and deserve 5 stars. Worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eddy H on 31 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I owned Gazpacho's 'Firebird' album for about three years after seeing them a few times when they supported Marillion. I just could not get into it until, suddenly, the penny dropped! Now it's one of my very favourite albums. The point I am making is that Gazpacho are slow burners, needing an investment of time to savour. 'Tick Tock' was the next purchase; wow, what a great album. Gazpacho are a fine band. And so to this latest piece. I really think it is excellent. As other reviewers have said some tracks end seemingly prematurely, but it is a very impessive album. If I have one gripe it is the sliding fingers on the guitar strings that punctuate the album with regular monotony. We are all familiar with it, the chord change that requires a slide along the strings, but I have never heard it so strident and loud elsewhere as on this album, it is very distracting. Just listen to the first 30 seconds or so of track 4: Ouch!! It is painful. Surely this could have been edited, it is so distracting? That apart, this is a superb album, and again in common with other Gazpacho reviewers, I cannot understand why this band is not (yet) as fully appreciated as they should be. Well worth investing a few quid in!!!
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By dutch man on 7 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
There is some critcism about this album but after lusten 3 times i must see i love it.it's different than the previous album tick tock,more symphonic or call it darker prog rock.it's a real exciting album songs such as river,missa atropos en splendid isolation are delightfully songs beatifully sung by ohme what a fantastic voice.keep on going gazpacho.
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