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This review is from: The Ways Of The Gingerpig (Audio CD)
It is hard lately to chose among the hundreds of bands inspired by the 70's. There are a lot of them and many are of high quality (Graveyard, Blood ceremony, Spiritual Beggars, the Temple, Parlor Mob,...). What attracted me to Gingerpig is the background of former Gorefest guitarist Boudewijn Bonebakker pushing here to another level what he started in Gorefest before their first break-up in 1998. Back then he introduced the 70's influence in Gorefest's Death metal, which was highly interesting.
With Gingerpig, there is clearly no more death metal in sight, but pure hard rock influenced by Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple and more jazzier outfits such as Soft Machine.
The driven force of the band seems to be the keyboard player who's given a lot of space for solos and arrangements.
The rhythm section is rockin hard, but rather in a Purple way than in a Zeppelin way (and that's good for a change!).
The singer, although a bit low in the mix, has a good strong voice reminding of Frank Marino or David Coverdale if only to give a general idea.
The sound of the album is a 70's sound with a modern twist(while bands like Graveyard clearly choose to sound like an old LP-which is fine too).
On the bad side, let's say that there are few surprises-bad or good for that matter.
A very enjoyable album to say the least, definitly a grower! I certainly hope the people and the press will give them enough credit so they can develop and expend their already high potential.