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Album Review

This fine 1995 release represents yet another offshoot of the band Gong, as this outing features "Gong-based" alumni such as legendary guitar god Allan Holdsworth, guitarist Bon Lozaga, vibist Benoit Moerlen, bassist Hansford Rowe, and other luminaries from the progressive rock and jazz fusion genres. With the opener, "Gongzilla," the band commences the proceedings with a tongue-in-cheek aural depiction of Japanese monster Godzilla's ominous footsteps weaving a path of destruction through Tokyo, whereas Lozaga's vicious crunch chords and the rhythm section's power-packed pulse set the stage for the remainder of the production. Throughout, the listener is treated to compactly arranged compositions brimming with the soloists' succinctly stated unison choruses, the rhythm section's multi-layered developments, and Moerlen's peppery performances on vibes and marimba. Highlights abound via Holdsworth's blistering legato lines and the band's strict adherence to good compositional form, also including a few sonorously constructed and memorably melodic ballads. Simply put, Suffer ranks as one of the '90's best and brightest of the oft-maligned fusion scene.


Formed: 1994

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Another branch in the Gong family tree, Gongzilla was a reassembly of several of the members of early Pierre Moerlin's Gong and played a similar style jazz-rock fusion. Formed in 1994 by guitarist Ben Lozaga and bassist Hansford Rowe, the group was rounded out by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, percussionist Bobby Thomas Jr., and vibraphonist Beniot Moerlen. They released Suffer in 1995, which found the band exploring some more hard rock stylings than Piere Moerlin's Gong. The album was ranked the number...
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