· UNIVERSAL HIPPIES - EVOLUTION OF KARMA (GYR166) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. EVOLUTION
02. WINGS OF PEGASUS
03. JOURNEY OF THE IMPOSSIBLE HERO
04. OPHELIA'S DREAM
05. METAMORPHOSIS
06. ROAD TO OLYMPUS
07. SPIRAL WAVES
08. HARMONIC ALCHEMY
09. OUTSKIRTS OF INFINITY
10. KARMA


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR166 - $13.99

Phenomenal second studio disc by this outstanding instrumental heavy guitar rock band from Greece featuring the brilliant, prolific, axe-master skills and musical vision of Stavros Papadopoulos. Includes 10 tracks of mega-awesome, dynamic, blues-based, sonic guitar rock music that defies gravity and lands with world-class excellence. Picking up where the remarkable first disc left off, the Universal Hippies have produced an amazing instrumental heavy guitar rock musical document of epic proportions with the "Evolution Of Karma" disc.

Stavros Papadopoulos is a true, legit Greek guitar rock god. A solid man of rock on a mission to Keep the Rock alive who has honed and crafted his finest musical effort to date on the Universal Hippies: "Evolution of Karma" disc. The man is an excellent, string bending, six string animal riff:master, a veritable musical force of nature who shines like the sun on this amazing disc along with his other killer bands including Super Vintage, Hard Driver & Freerock Saints. All worth checking out if you heavily dig serious, bad-ass, killer, blues-based heavy guitar rock music. On "Evolution Of Karma", Stavros has spread his musical wings with a vast amount of depth and maturity. There is an ancient musical wisdom within every track. The listener will feel like they have travelled to Jupiter and the stars above and have flown over the ancient ruins of Greece and beyond after listening to this stellar, cosmic, mind-altering, instrumental power trio musical experience.

Universal Hippies feature the excellent kick-ass musical skills of Chris Lagios on Drums & Jim Petridis on Bass, both outstanding players who lock in and nail down massive grooves that rock solid to the core and together with Stavros Papadopoulos have created an amazing original musical style and vibe that defines true instrumental power trio excellence. The Universal Hippies: "Evolution Of Karma" disc was recorded, mixed and mastered to sonic perfection at Freerock Studios, Stone Groove & Mojo:Tone Mastering in Kavala City, Greece. Complete with an awesome beautifully artistic cover, layout & design by Nyxian:Drift. Grooveyard Records is proud to announce the release of this outstanding Total Guitar Rock disc that is Highly recommended to fans of David Gilmour, Wishbone Ash, Plankton and all other excellent blues-based, retro heavy guitar rockers on the third stone from the sun. Anyone who heavily digs and collects serious guitar rock music needs to tune in and add this amazing disc to their music collection. An incredible, timeless six string musical journey through space & time that defines brilliant original heavy guitar rock music artistry with endless scope, depth and vision.

Reach deep within and ask yourself what is the true meaning of our existence. Regardless of color or race, we are all human beings, evolving and moving forward. Travelling different paths through time and space, a profound progression of motion on a complex journey of life. All organic & musical matter follows a course unique to itself. We are partly defined by this linear, plodding trajectory toward the unknown, toward what we imagine we do not possess. But the unknown also lies within us and, in this way, perhaps we only arrive at a place which we did not know exists, unfolding outward forever. In Karma lies an invitation to Evolve.


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01. EVOLUTION
02. WINGS OF PEGASUS
03. JOURNEY OF THE IMPOSSIBLE HERO
04. OPHELIA'S DREAM
05. METAMORPHOSIS
06. ROAD TO OLYMPUS
07. SPIRAL WAVES
08. HARMONIC ALCHEMY
09. OUTSKIRTS OF INFINITY
10. KARMA

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The highly anticipated sophomore effort, 'Evolution Of Karma' from Universal Hippies proves that the first time around was no fluke. The atmosphere and vibe on this is really special. Comprised of, guitarist Stavros Papadopoulos, bassist Jim Petridis and drummer Chris Lagios, the trio deliver a ambient/new age fine, although many of these compositions could easily be featured on a soundtrack. There is also a distinct eastern/oriental feel in most of these songs. The music starts with a quiet intensity, and slowly escalates into dramatic, lifting crescendos. Papadopoulos' intense driven guitar splashes all over the muted synthetic backdrop, painting the sweetest of sounds to be coaxed from the instrument. Every song offers something different. The guitar playing and tone are astonishing, the sound quality is great, and there's not a weak song on the whole album. Highlights include, "Evolution", "Wings Of Pegasus", "Metamorphosis", and "Outskirts Of Infinity". Beautifully structured solos, and clean tone guitar playing. ' Evolution Of Karma' is heavy on melody, and so satisfying in the depths it reaches within it. This is free of ego boosting trickery and concentrates on composition and content. Just sit back, relax, and listen to the Universal Hippies' magic.

Tony Sison / Dedicated Rocker Society (April 2018)
 


Imagine if Jimi Hendrix wrote a musical score for a film about the best guitar-based rock bands of the 60s and 70s: Mountain, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, and so on. That’s what the new Universal Hippies CD sounds like. It is an elegant, instrumental offering to the guitar gods of yore. But it sounds anything but dated. Due to the genius of guitarist extraordinaire Stravos Papadopoulos, ‘Evolution of Karma’ offers a fresh and contemporary interpretation of heavy guitar rock like never before. It boasts moments of acoustic sophistication and tenderness, as well as the more expected raunchy moods of rock virtuosos. The rhythm section of Jim Petridis on bass and Chris Lagios on drums is nothing short of miraculous — they manage to not only keep up with but also highlight the six-string excellence that Papadopaulas himself brings to the table. No mean feat! Overall, the CD is a series of carefully and meticulously arranged, original instrumental rock compositions that feel spontaneous and inspired, allowing Papadopoulos to do what he does best —rip loose and unveil what heavy guitar playing is really all about. An absolute must listen for fans of heavy guitar music.

Steven J. Rosen / Author + Journalist (April 2018)
 


Second work of the Greek band formed by Stavros Papadpoulos (guitars), Chirs Lagios(bass) and Jim Petridis (bass),

Ten songs written and produced by the six-string wizard Stavros Papadpoulos and Stone Groove Company. Guitars recorded at FreeRock studio and bass and drums in Stone Groove Recording Studio.

An epic journey to the Olympus of the Gods, from the shores of the Mediterranean through beautiful sounds not without force. Lyric and harmony are conjugated with powerful and sweet riffs under a garden of Eden with palatial elements.

"Evolution" is a subtle combination of fine guitar chords with a base with stoner elements. A gentle theme with progressive symphonic moments.

More forceful is "Wings of Pegasus". A rhythmic cut with oriental elements that color the solidity of their drums and bass, through the guitar solos. A tonic that is present in a large part of the themes.

Heirs of bands like Wishbone Ash, UNIVERSAL HIPPIES takes a 70s air in "Journey Of The Impossible Hero. Pleasant and comforting melodies without renouncing its stoner-psych essence.

Yes at some point the Greeks are influenced by Pink Floyd, their deepest echoes come from the tandem Andy Powel - Ted Turner, as shown in "Ophelia's Dream" in which the placidity and sweetness envelop the environment.

The Mediterranean climax of "Metamorphosis" places us in the space from which the band was born. The acoustic chords that emanate from the guitar make us face a sublime cut.

On that road to meet the gods, "Road To Olympus" is pure velvet. A rhythmic cadence that goes upward, rising gently until it meets the Karma to descend like a feather that sways gently in a fragile fall after achieving the reward of having reached the divinity.

The calibrated compositional exercise surprises us within "Spiral waves". The instruments are incorporated individually. Drums, bass, guitar, more guitar, creating a romantic atmosphere that could well evoke solitude in a sunset with the "mare nostrum" in the background.

At this point, there is no doubt that we are facing a guitar master. Stavros carries the weight of all the subjects, with some traveling companions who, in the background, manage not to lower the level.

"EVOLUTION OF KARMA" is a colorful, fresh album, in which melancholy is not lacking, but neither is solidity. "Harmonic Alchemy" is proof of that.

One of the most compelling moments of the album is "Outskirts Of Infinity". A gentle psycho-progressive intro, with guitar chords, increases the temperature until reaching moments of stoner-retro.

The cut that closes the disc, could well be the summary of the entire album. The developments of the guitar in the purest Wishbone Ash vein, combined with elements stoner and psychedelia make "Karma" a perfect summary to that trip to Olympus for which these Greeks have transported us.

"EVOLUTION OF KARMA" sounds impeccable in all its elements, an instrumentation with a millimetric performance, full of feelings, lyric, epic, harmony, depth and maturity. Adjectives are missing to describe this marvel. If their first album already surprised us by its quality, here they do not lower the bar. An album for lovers of guitar sounds at its best. There are no voices, but UNIVERSAL HIPPIES do not need them.

A work that can not miss in the collection in the devotees of the sounds of the six strings.

Denpa Fuzz (April 2018)
 



 


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