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by Gompa

A Tibetan word for meditation room or hut,or a hybrid of Grunge, Pop, Metal and Pop.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal
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1. Immortal
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2. Planet Blue
3:04 $0.99
3. Tranquil Mind
4:14 $0.99
4. Miracle
3:48 $0.99
5. Vague
4:24 $0.99
6. Friday Hit A Low
3:59 $0.99
7. Jack Knife
4:36 $0.99
8. Nephi Crucified
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9. Control
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10. Popsong
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11. Crush
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12. Brotherhood
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Album Notes
(Tib.: meditation room/hut)

Jake Daniel: Lead Vocals, Drums.
Mike Pehrsson: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Per Rinaldo: Bass.
The Shabd Singers: Backing Vocals

Gompa was formed by the two lead vocalists,Jake Daniel (Scarborough England)and Mike Pehrsson(Zurich,Switzerland) in London 2001.

Jake spent most of his youth singing in soul, rhythm n' blues and pop bands. He started playing drums during his time in the UK Royal Marines.
Mike grew up surrounded by 50s Rock n' roll and as a teenager, played in many Grunge/rock bands and won a few battle competitions.
Both of them have a very serious history of alien abduction. It was through this curse that they met each other, in February 2001. Having been abducted by the same pod-ship, they bumped into each other during an attempted escape and soon realised they shared three similarities: Music, interest in esotheric philosophy, and a life as abductees.

Gompa spent several years in many different constellations, a famous cult classic being their format in London in 2002, with Grim Reaper on Bass and an odd looking transsexual reincarnation of Tomas Aquinas on keyboard. Eventually they recruited the dutch mathematician Jeroen Bos as the first steady bassplayer (featured on the album).
Through their mutual karma, the threepiece managed to find their very own Gompa-house. This was the Home Farm, in Teynham, Kent- a 400 year-old haunted house in the middle of nowhere, which is where the first stages of the album began. The constant poltergeist activity and attacks by rabbid rats served not only to frighten the house's inhabitants, but also to inspire and give rise to myriad a mystical partynight.

Gompa since moved to Sweden, as ordered by Zlotec, chief of the Naga (one of the many alien races occupying and ruling our planet blue). There they met Anus, aka C.C. Svensson, who has since become their producer and acting manager.
Gompa's music developed very much during the recording sessions (march-sept. 2005). The perfect combination of Svensson's pop background and feeling for catchy hooks, Mike's grungy 7-string guitar, Jakes manic drumming and the latest in musical software technology (all of which, I might add, is alien in origin) lead to the final result. A new type of rock, perhaps?

Still, you may be asking, 'What the hell is this Gompa thing, actually?"
Gompa is a band with a mixed european nationality. The members are from England, Switzerland and Sweden. They are devout fans and deeply inspired by the likes of P-Diddy, Jay-Z and of course Usher.

No but seriously...
Gompa is unity. They stand for freedom of music; there is no need to put a label on everything, which is what the music industry and all those idiots in the business have a need to do. Gompa's music reflect what may be perceived as two opposite extremes: Lyrics inspired by the meditative philosophies of the far east, with pretty melodies and choirs, and nasty, heavy, detuned metal riffs.

The 'G-Force Killaz', as they are affectionately named by their hardcore audience, have been cleaning up on the underground music scene of Stockholm, and are ready to surface into the sick and perverse world of pop. They have been described as 'The Beatles with 5 additional members from Slipknot' and 'The Beach Boys meet Korn and get into a happy but fatal fight'. Their music is a hybrid of good old fashioned song writing, with strong melodies and catchy hooks- and heavy, aggressive riff-based grunge/metal. With the music world being the pimp that it is, Gompa have been finding it very hard to break into the radio or TV, their music being, apparently, too diverse to pigeonhole. Nevertheless, the "G-Boyz" are preparing for their album release in Scandinavia by the beginning of 2007.

Album Credits:

Produced by CC.Chris for Spicy Dog Productions
Co-produced by Mason Pitts & Gompa
Mixed by Stefan Glaumann(Rammstein, Def Leppard) at Toytown Studios, Stockholm
All songs written by J.Daniel/M.Pehrsson, except 'Popsong' written by Bos/Pehrsson/Daniel.



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Ourobouros Podcast

Not an album to be pigeonholed, but great nontheless
This is a strange album. It is also a really good one.

If there is a dominant style it is thrashing guitar-based rock, but even that is diluted by two tracks 'Planet Blue' and 'Nephi Crucified' that are pure jangly pop-rock. Typically for this album the subject matter of these tracks bring them into the strange category. 'Planet Blue' talks about how screwed up humans have made the Earth and is a despairing invite for alien invasion, 'Nephi Crucified' talks about the futility of any structured belief and has references to Mormonism & Buddhism. The pop theme is continued on the track 'Crush', which in lyrical content and even delivery would not seem out of place if released by a boy band. Thankfully the actual track has the throbbing riffage of the rest of the album and ends up being a great rock song.

On an album like this there are no typical tracks, but the two tracks that sum up the overall feel of the album are 'Jack Knife' and 'Tranquil Mind'. They both sound like the verses were recorded by Korn and the choruses were recorded by The Beach Boys. As bizarre as this sounds the tracks are a consistent whole and are enjoyable hard rock tracks. The constant switching of styles sometimes has a downside. The one true ballad on the album 'Friday Hit A Low' is not really successful, but this is a minor complaint on an album that is otherwise excellent.

The stand out track is 'Popsong'. It is a searing indictment of the current state of the music industry, which promotes manufactured pop over real music. The lyrics are perfect and the structure of the song is genius too. It starts out as an ironic homage to the very music it is rebelling against. The opening 3/4 of the song is a perfect slice of punk-pop, which could easily have been produced by Good Charlotte and has the fantastically biting chorus "'Cos this shit sells / It's such a hooky tune / It rings your bells / It's nothing new / It's nothing true". The final 1/4 consists of the repeated, despairing refrain 'Next... Can you play me another?' before a final cathartic 'Motherfucking next!' that sets off a Slipknot style thrash down. This song is at once melodious, humorous and deeply angry, a triumphant anthem that every Girls Aloud and Linkin Park fan should hear.

If you like putting labels on music then this is not the album for you. It's too pop for the thrash fans and too thrash for the pop fans. If however you just like good music then this is well worth the effort.

(This review was written by Ourobouros Podcast and will appear on Noize Makes Enemies Webzine at noizemakesenemies.blogspot.com)