Gorgon is a new American band based in Toronto, Canada. They have released two cd’s with an independent label so far, but judging from this demo I think soon they will be able to sign to some bigger record company.
The demo they send us contains 5 songs, and my review is based only on those songs.
If I want to categorize them in a few words would be the re-birth of Glam Rock and not your prog music necessarily.
Actually, their sound and style brings in mind immediately the Glam Rock scene of ‘70’s but with a more fresh sound (this is the prog touch here). It seems that their influences are mainly David Bowie and T.Rex, but there is a small essence of Placebo in their sound in my opinion.
They have the typical Rock set up, means Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, and their sound is based on guitar, which leads all their songs. The singer has a very good voice for this style of music, the bass-drums background is very tight, and the guitarist just leads and paints the songs with his riffs and melodies, which are very catchy and they stick to your mind easily.
Now let’s take a look at these 5 songs: All 5 songs are almost in the same level, but the two songs that could be more easily hits are “For God Sake” and “Get on with it”. Nice catchy rhythms and beautiful guitar passages. Further than these two, we have the songs “I Don’t Believe” which is another good piece and the riff reminds David Bowie’s early works, and “Girl” which is a slow tempo song with a very nice touch by the female backing vocals. And finally the song “Height of Glory”, which is again a classic guitar-driven song. But as I mentioned earlier the differences between the songs are very small and It’s not easy to pick a favorite one.
Concluding this piece I want to say that although they don’t bring any revolution in Rock music, Gorgon is a good band and it’s a matter of time before they become known to wider audiences. And in the hypothetical question: “Would you play any of their songs in your radio show?” the answer would be “Yes. And most probably one of “For God Shake” or “Get on with it”, or both.