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ROOM V

Shadow Gallery

 

Progressive Metal

4.13 | 352 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars "We will rock with the thunder of a thousand mighty horses".This is a line from the song "Room V", and is an apt description of a lot of what your going to hear on this album.

As others have mentioned this is the same story line as was in "Tyranny", and so in "Room V" the story continues, beginning with "Manhunt" opening with violin, guitar and keys all played at a million miles an hour. Things get mellow though with light guitar and piano before this short instrumental is over. "Comfort Me" sounds absolutely incredible ! A duet with piano that features some great guitar before it ends. "The Andromeda Strain" opens with an absolutely ripping guitar solo, that comes back throughout the song. The guitar, keyboard interplay is fantastic. The vocal harmonies are wondrous as well. And check out the amazing guitar melody with the drums pounding away. "Vow" features acoustic guitar and vocals that are quite moving. More awesome guitar. "Birth Of A Daughter" is an instrumental with some heavy riffs. "Death Of A Mother" is another instrumental that features some high speed guitar and piano. I was amazed at how fast he played the piano.

"Lamentia" is like a reprise of "Comfort Me" so short and also so sad. "Seven Years" is another instrumental with violin and flute and a guitar solo that is inspiring from none other than Arjen Lucassen. Great song ! "Dark" is a minute long song of samplings."Torn" has a beautiful guitar intro. There is some piano melodies, and I love the guitar and vocals working together.This is a powerful song. "The Archer Of Ben Salem" features lots of tempo changes and powerful vocals. There is hammond organ as well as some wicked guitar and pounding drums. "Encrypted " opens with gentle vocals and toned down guitars.This may be slower paced but is it ever powerful (there's that word again). Some more amazing guitar towards the end of the song. "Room V" is a heavy duty rocker that ends calmly with the sound of rain and piano. The final song "Rain" opens with heavy riffs and a long scorching guitar solo followed by a fantastic guitar melody, then vocals. There is mind numbing guitar throughout this song.

I reviewed their first record not too long ago, and I swear you wouldn't know they were the same band, they've come so far. From a good debut to a masterpiece!

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |

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