The glimmers of hope keep shining for the Greek prog-rock scene and MOTHER TURTLE are one more example of how much good music is out there, waiting to be discovered.
In their debut album, the Thessalonikians (from the city of Thessaloniki in Northern Greece) give lessons on 70's influenced progressive rock with a heavy edge. Although it is difficult to pinpoint the musical direction as they draw from a number of prog movements, the heavy progressive character is the one that stands out just a little bit higher and this is instantly obvious from the opening rocker '707' where the Byron-era URIAH HEEP influences mingle with memorable guitar phrases that take us back to the days of SOCRATES DRANK THE CONIUM. Through the general aura of optimism coming through the album we do get some darker but also more eclectic passages on 'Mother Turtle and the Evil Mushroom pt.1' and the instrumental 'Rhinocerotic'; especially the latter boasts rife of its KING CRIMSON-esque legacy.
Keyboards play a very important role on this album and can switch the mood from jolly to serious and from folksy ('Bridge') to obscure with relative easiness. Modern heavy prog in the vein of BLACK BONZO ('God Games') and some more jazzy passages that remind me of FUSION ORCHESTRA can also be heard in this melting pot of influences that produce a very dynamic and fresh result. Areas for small improvement are the (generally solid) production and the accented vocals, but don't let this stop you from enjoying a very creative and absolutely promising first effort from MOTHER TURTLE.
This music played live must be a great experience. Praise and support the MOTHER TURTLE!
Favourite moments: "707", "God Games"