Shalom everybody. This is the second review about Israeli bands in this October´s update. I´ve never listened to Israeli progressive rock and now I find myself reviewing two albums… two good albums!.
Trespass is a trio consisting of Gil Stein (keyboards, vocals, recorders, recorders), Gabriel Weissman (drums), and Roy Bar-tour (bass). The name of the band could be misunderstood because they don´t play neo progressive at all and they´re closer to embryonic progressive rock plenty of crazy hammond's, a bit of psych and a bit of jazz-rock. Could you imagine a mixture of ELP, The Nice, Standarte, The Doors, Atomic Rooster, Birth Control, and Iron Butterfly?. That´s “In haze of time”, in my opinion one of the best albums of the year.
The album opens with “Creatures of the night” (8:29), a very vigorous track where a frisky hammond stands out developing amazing solos between the verses and floating diverse styles with impish speed. There are jazz, blues, classic, etc. influences in every keyboard solo which flies over Weissman´s rhythm section, a very creative percussionist. The sound is crystal clear but, at the same time, has an “oldie” style. The second track, “In haze of time” (6:53), begins in a very psych way that remains me to the early Yes and contains great vocal harmonies highlighted by a melodic electric guitar and flute sounds. In the middle of the track we can find a very experimental intermezzo that ends with the main melody. The third track, “Gate 15” (7:19), is instrumental and Stein shows his skill playing keyboards, specially with piano and hammond. There are lot of variation and virtuosity, and even they play jazz variations of the main leiv motif with a “jam-session” atmosphere. In short, seven intense minutes with amazing progressive rock. Now it´s time for “City lights” (5:10), perhaps the most “mainstream” song because of its atmosphere (a la The Doors) and that typical aroma of controlled psychedelics; anyway we can also find here great keyboards solos a la Vincent Crane or Doug Ingle. “Orpheus Suite” (5:42) is an instrumental track with a classic flavor. There are influences of traditional music blended with baroque music. In the middle of the song the musicians go crazy and fight among them in a progressive virtuosity battle. This is a great track for the lovers of the most symphonic progressive rock. With some bass notes and hypnotic percussions the song fades into “Troya” (5:24), a colorful track that mixes ELP´s influences with calmer moments. The last track “The mad house blues” (5:18) is a frivolity that could remain to ELP´s “Are you ready Eddie?” or Queen´s “Bring back that Leroy Brown”. A nice –not mediocre- track, this time with a great electric piano.
I´d like to see Trespass playing alive at some dark venue because these guys know what they´re playing. You can read on the booklet “They have decided to preserve a free and breathy sound in order to keep some “live” emotions”, and it´s true. If you like hammond´s sound, the good instrumentalists and intense albums with 70´s aroma..Trespass.