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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The band seems refreshed as this is their first record with their new record label Inside Out Music.

The first song is a short (less than 2 minutes) instrumental consisting of some orchestration and synths.Things really get cooking with "Killer Of Hope" opening with processed vocals that are followed by some excellent KINGS X sounding guitar riffs. I'm also reminded of ECHOLYN as this song plays out. Some great guitar melodies at 5 minutes and the drum work is upfront and fantastic at 8 minutes. I also like the vocal melody with drums that follow. "Bach 16" is an instrumental consisting of some cool piano and trombone. "Late For Church" has a very uptempo intro, followed by a catchy riff as vocals come in. I can so relate to this song, because as a teen I had to go to church, I had no choice. I love his question at the end of the song "If there is only one God, why are there so many churches ?"

"Confessor's Overture" is an excellent instrumental with some nice piano in the beginning.The song turns up the heat several degrees before it's over. "Hymn For A Heathen" opens with piano and vocals and then later turns heavy with some splendid guitar and drums. It sounds great ! "A World Groove" is just that, percussion with a world music sound. They actually pull this one off. "Counterpoints" is an album highlight. It's hard not to move with this playing, again i'm reminded of ECHOLYN. The drum, organ, guitar interplay is fantastic. "Feel The Cross" is an intense song about the cross over shadowing all religion and beliefs...powerful. These words seem to reverberate "Know the cross...feel the cross". The final song is an instrumental called "Hallucination Suite Part 1-Uppers And Downers". This one smokes ! Opening with synths and jazzy guitar sounds, we are being lulled to sleep for what is about to come, riffs and heavy drums as synths continue.Then there is this voice that says "Oh man, I think somebody f***d with my koolaid !" Then there is an even heavier riff, it's great ! Good drum solo as well.

This is excellent American prog that is on the heavy side at times, with some intelligent lyrics and complex arrangments.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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