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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars If you lived in the Toronto area in the late seventies you couldn't help but know who FM were. And Nash The Slash garnered a name for himself as well when he went solo, performing on stage with his violin in that mummy costume was quite a a sight.

"Phasers On Stun" is such an ear pleasing song. Opening with synths and drums before we hear those vocals that are just right. Great tune ! There are parts where the synths sound like phasers firing off. This song sounds just as good as it did when it was played on the radio back those many years ago. "One O'clock Tomorrow" features two of the guys playing synths as well as Nash on violin providing a fairly light melody until the drums come in, and then it sounds fantastic ! "Hours" is an instrumental of drums, violin and synths with a really good drum solo. The violin play is excellent.

"Journey" is a heavier uptempo song with drums and synths leading the way. The vocals almost give this song a British feel to it, and many have mistaken FM for a British band over the years. "Dialing For Dharma" is a synth, drum driven instrumental,with violin slashing in and out of the soundscape. "Slaughter In Robot Village" is another instrumental with an experimental intro that leads to a beautiful melody of violin and drums. Some bass and synths are added as well. "Aldebaran" is another great sounding tune. They just keep on coming folks, as the synths here remind me of "Phasers On Stun" and then the vocals and drums come in. "Black Noise" features tribal like drumming in perhaps the most difficult song to get into.

It's hard to believe that there is no lead guitar on this record, but I sure didn't miss it. I guarantee you will like this album. Check it out.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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