Better Than Jesus
From a review: Here's another new Italian progrock formation, it's the five piece band Fungus that was founded in 2002. In 2004 they released the EP Careful and now, six years later, Fungus presents their debut album with the slightly provocative title Better Than Jesus. The music is a wonderful trip to the era between the late Sixties and early Seventies, I notice obvious hints of Pink Floyd and The Doors (especially because of the Jim Morrison-like vocals in several tracks). The Hammond organ freaks will be delighted, most of the 8 tracks contain cascades of Hammond organ, often in strong interplay with the powerful and fiery guitar work. The most captivating element in Fungus their sound is the combination of pure rock and psychedelia and the intense, pretty emotional moments. This adds a special flavor like the sensitive electric guitar with organ in the excellent first composition Share Your Suicide, the dreamy acoustic guitar with warm vocals and piano in Hang On Your Lips and the twanging acoustic guitar, beautiful piano play and romantic vocals in Eternal Mind (it reminds me a little bit of The Crystal Ship by The Doors). Good musical ideas can also be found in Logical Fish (a strongly build-up synthesizer solo) and the instrumental Spammology (swinging with funky bass and delicate interplay between guitar, organ and piano). My first musical encounter with Fungus their music turned out to be a very pleasant one, what an exciting musical time travel! Erik Neuteboom.