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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I love the vocals of Ronnie James Dio although I think they are even better on the "Heaven And Hell" record by BLACK SABBATH. Add the amazing guitar playing of Ritchie Blackmore and it's a can't miss situation. I'm a big fan of both these guys.

"Tarot Woman" opens with synths as the guitar and drums come in followed by the vocals around the 2 minute mark. The highlight for me is the long tasteful guitar solo by Blackmore. "Run With The Wolf" has a catchy beat and the ending is the best part of the song as we are treated to some great guitar solos while Dio's vocals become very passionate.

"Starstruck" reminds me of an older DEEP PURPLE song and doesn't do a lot for me. Neither does "Do You Close Your Eyes". Thankfully the next two songs more than make up for them. "Stargazer" is the longest track and opens with some good drumming. Some more incredible guitar 4 minutes in. This song really reminds me of the LED ZEPPELIN song "Kashmir". "A Light In The Black" is an uptempo barn burner. I really like the guitar melodies throughout this song and especially 4 minutes in as he really lets it all hang out. The drumming is fantastic as well.

As much as I like Dio I don't think this is quite as good as "Machine Head" or "In Rock", but if you like those albums you should really check this one out. 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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