The Gak Omek - "Alien Eye"
(Blue Cube Music 2003)


Uploaded to Aural Innovations: December 2003

The Gak Omek is headed by guitarist Robert Burger. He also plays guitar synthesizer and is backed by Johnny Flambe on bass and Dick Digital on robodrums. It is quite excellent electronic progressive space rock. Quite a cool variety of material on this CD with great playing by all involved. It appears his family helps out with the artwork. The CD opens with some really spacey sounds before the guitars kick in on "Black Holes Colliding". This song creates a very cool dark, scary mood before lightening up. Excellent stuff. The program drums are really quite good. I usually canít stand programmed drums on this type of music and never understand why they donít have a real drummer. "Here Comes The Aluminum Man" slowly takes us out into space and the beautiful guitar slowly builds up as the song gets more and more intense. "Baby Gotta Vicegrip" has a really great riff and repeated sample ("Oh Yeah!"). This is the only song on the CD I would really consider heavy. "Dancing Bologna" is perhaps a tribute to the Italian prog scene of the 70s? "Robotomy" features the guest synth player Dave Cashin and some nice percussion. The CD ends with the "Squiggly Parameter" and has some nice guitar trumpet trade offs. If you like projects like Dave Russell then check this out for sure. Excellent stuff.

For more information you can visit The Gak Omek web site at: http://www.thegakomek.com.
Email at: gak@thegakomek.com.
Contact via snail mail c/o Blue Cube Music; 145 Kingwood Stockton Rd; Stockton, NJ 08559.

Reviewed by Scott Heller


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