- 707 (A November Less)
- Mother Turtle and the Evil Mushroom Part I – The Turtle Conjuration
- The Elf
- God Games
Release Date: 3 October 2013 – Self Released
“Thirsty for Nectar”
As a new day began, the Gods in Olympus decided to find out if there is any young man, able to taste nectar after a course of challenges. Almost all of the young men, full of pride, were certain that they had the inner strength to manage tasting the holy ambrosia. But, there was a young man, who was the most humble of all and the Gods distinguished him, knowing that he was the one passing all the challenges.
Now, if you want to know the name of the one young man, this is Mother Turtle. A story through fantasy that doesn’t abstain much from reality. This band from Thessaloniki, Greece came up from nowhere in order to make us stay awake for several days and nights. Their debut is a huge diamond, whose shining energy is derived from the monsters of British prog rock, Rush (all the sci-fi programming sounds are perfect) and the great sense of melody that the members radiate. This melody is mainly based on all the keyboards and piano parts, which calm the ears and the brain so gently and you feel like traveling in the outer space or diving fearless in the bottom of the sea.
There is also the hard rock clue on lead guitar parts, such as the melodic part in “707 (A November Less)” or the main riff of “Mother Turtle and the Evil Mushroom Part I – The Turtle Conjuration”. Both are irresistible and mortally magnetic. The two Kostas on guitars/vocals and bass and the two George on drums and keyboards/piano designate that apart from catchy musicians can be and as technical as you cannot imagine. Check for sure “Rhinocerotic” and catch your self trying to play something in the air from what you hear. And yet, the holy grail of prog rock in the album is in “God Games” (with the monologue of Al Patsino about what God is from the movie “The Devil’s Advocate”) and “Attic” (Am I the only one who feels the sentimental touch of Criss Oliva from Savatage on guitar as a great student of Alex Lifeson?). Two songs that will kneel you down and make you cry from pleasure; and this because God took all the talent of progressive and gave it to those four musicians.
And thus the young man managed to outdo the first challenge and the Gods smiled satisfied, knowing that their prediction cannot be wrong. And we, the followers of Mother Turtle can’t whip ourselves from this masterpiece. I listen to all these Rush “remains” and the thrill is as alive as it was the first time I heard some treasures from the ’70s. You will stick to all the songs and much more to every each part of every song. A MUST check album!
Review by Dr.Feelgood