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Guapo: “Obscure Knowledge”(Album Review)

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

Guapo, one of England’s most enduring and consistent acts has just released its 9th studio album. Clocking in at slightly under 43 minutes, this new work entitled Obscure Knowledge, was one of my most highly anticipated releases of the year. And does it deliver? Oh yes, and then some.

The group was formed in the mid 1990’s by drummer Dave Smith and began as an experimental trio who released a string of records that were met with mixed reviews. However, it was the release of 2004’s Five Suns that gained the attention of experimental rock fans everywhere. With a sound that utilized elements of progressive rock, minimalist bass grooves, and walls of distorted guitars, then combined them with its repetitive, explosive rhythms and emotional peaks and valleys, the album is masterpiece of dark, cinematic instrumental rock music.