Review Erik Neuteboom
This new Italian formation is a project by Wicked Minds keyboard player Paolo Apollo Negri, also featuring Marco Vincini (vocals), Emil Quattrini (electric pianos and
Mellotron), Marco Zammati (bass) and Francesco Lupi (drums), so no electric guitars but dual keyboards. Early 2022 G.O.L.E.M. released its debut album entitled Gravitational Objects of Light, Energy and Mysticism. For those who are familiar and pleased with
the sound of Wicked Minds (like me) this is an interesting album.
In general the 6 simply structured but tastefully arranged tracks (between 5 and 11 minutes) deliver Heavy Prog, with the focus on the Hammond organ featuring lots of swirling soli, with
strong hints from Deep Purple in Devil’s Gold and Uriah Heep in The Man From The Emerald Mine and the title track (including a Gypsy-like riff). In the more mellow moments the Hammond sounds soaring and churchy, like a wonderful solo in The Logan Stone.
And we can also enjoy Minimoog flights (pitchbend driven in Marble Eyes) and even some Mellotron choirs (in Five Obsidian Suns) and a tender piano intro (The Man From The Emerald Mine). The vocals are powerful, raw, sometimes slightly theatrical, but the music
is more instrumental based.
If you are up to Heavy Prog like Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Atomic Rooster, and Wicked Minds, this is a pleasant album to discover.