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Flame Dream


Symphonic Prog

3.57 | 49 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars "Out in the Dark" is their most GENESIS sounding release with the Banks-like keyboard playing and the Gabriel sounding vocals. The first side of the Lp is called "Sun Side" while the second side is called "Dark Side".

"Full Moon" opens with a funky 1 minute instrumental (not a fan) as vocals come in.There is some tasteful guitar as well as a sax melody. "Nocturnal Flight" is a really good mellow song with mellotron, vocals and keys standing out. Then 2 1/2 minutes in the song gets powered up with drums and guitar. Nice. It ends with a soaring guitar solo. "Out In The Dark" is a laid back song with the focus on the vocals. The flute before the 4 minute mark is a nice touch and is followed with mellotron.There is a tempo shift 5 minutes in as it all speeds up to an almost jazzy sound with lots of flute, piano and light drums.

"Wintertime Nights" features more great Banks like keys and Gabriel-like vocals. "Strange Meeting (Part one)" has a lot of mood and time shifts. Opening quietly it picks up 2 minutes in with vocals and a beautiful piano melody. Again the keyboard playing really brings to mind GENESIS. Good song ! "Caleidoscope" is an instrumental with mellotron, sax and drums, although the drums dominate the sound. This song blends into another instrumental "Strange Meeting (Part two)" again the pulsating keys are mindful of you know who and the song ends with some majestic mellotron.

I like this album a lot despite the lack of originality and it is a little light. I guess i'm just drawn to the GENESIS sound.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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