I have read a couple of reviews in different Gothic media about this solo project conceived by Francesco Banchini, one of the members of the wonderful band Ataraxia, and they have not been too favorable since the music of Gor moves away from the "gothic" or neofolk patterns commonly accepted by most of these artistic movements. Fortunately in progVisions we have a wider mind and we don´t care about labels, and the fact that other media couldn´t classify this music is something that encourages us to listen to "Bellum Gnosticorum" with even more interest.
"Bellum Gnosticorum" is an instrumental CD in its 95% based on acoustic guitar and some other superimposed (dulcimer, two-handled jar, mandolin, accordion, flute, organ) and exotic (bendhir, bodhran, rabab, d´rbouka) instruments. Although CD's such as Ataraxia´s "Historiae" has influences from continental medieval sources, Gor´s music has more influences from turkish and Arab music. Don´t forget that lots of Europeans countries lived along with these cultures for centuries. Making a bizarre comparison for those who are not into this kind of music, I should say that "Bellum Gnosticorum" music would be the perfect background for movies such as "Gladiator" or "Conan".
Exquisite instrumentation in a constant searching for inter cultural musical roots and almost 50 minutes of pleasure it is what contains "Bellum Gnosticorum", a CD that you can put beside your Ataraxia´s discography. For all the tastes and with certificate of "good purchase". Francesco: go on with Ataraxia but don't forget Gor, OK?