zaterdag 23 oktober 2021

Maragda – Maragda



Maragda – Maragda
Spinda Records/Nafra Records/Necio Records – 2021
Rock, Psych
Rated: *****

We were honored to deliver the International Premiere for the self-titled debut release of the Spanish trio Maragda. Are we therefor biased? Probably so. But as you crazies that follow the HiVe know, we are always biased, subjective and prejudiced. We love what we love and we dig what we dig because it does something to us. And we honestly and really just want to share that experience with you all. Or better yet, hope that you experience something along the lines of what we experienced when listening to a certain album. Cause that is what it is all about for us! Well, Maragda did a whole fucking lot with us! They managed to capture a lightning bolt and turn it into music. They created the whole Sistine Chapel down their in the darkness of the underworld from which they came; from which they burrowed, from where we heard the clang and clamor of revolt. For… “While there is life there is hope. I beg to assert... that as long as a man's heart beats, as long as a man's flesh quivers, I do not allow that a being gifted with thought and will, can allow himself to despair.” Indeed, it’s like the three from Barcelona managed to capture the essence of the Jules Verne book. Which is of course and adventure and a tale of discovery, but also of mankind and of our spirit and soul. And they do this with so much passion and belief, one cannot help but falling in love with Maragda. For they effortlessly combine kraut rock elements with garage, fuzz with prog and give it all this sanctified aura. Complex, wild, yet groovy and always returning some form of hook. Sparkling and direct, the riffs compound and build, testing limits of second track The Calling, while opener The Core As A Whole explodes, and then seems to pull back and float along all that burst from the explosion. What a welcome… Well, the rest of the album is just as elegant, intricate, interesting and complete… And just listen to Crystal Passage, damn, another Verne quote applies: “I dream with my eyes open.”  

(Written by JK)




Spinda Records

Nafra Records

Necio Records

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