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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.13 | 142 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is insanely complex and technical Metal. And speaking of insane check out the vocals. Alan Tecchio's vocals are really over the top, so much so that my cat ran like a bolt of lightning out the room after hearing Alan's high pitched screams. As difficult as the vocals are to get used to the absolutely amazing playing of the 2 guitarists and the drummer makes this a must have for Prog-Metal fans. By the way the vocals have grown on me.

"Instruments Of Random Murder" opens with hard riffs until 40 seconds in when the melody changes to an uptempo, heavy sound. There is some amazing virtuoso guitar after 2 minutes. "The Eldritch" has some impressive odd metered drumming and a scathing guitar solo. The vocals come in and i'm pretty sure the paint is starting to peel of the wall. The guitar is again incredible. "Mayday In Kiev" is almost like a tribute to RUSH and my favourite song on the album. I am so reminded of "Cygnus X-I" from "A Farewell To Kings" and a guitar solo later is so Lifeson-like.The song ends with some great riffing.

"The Fall Of Reason" is my second favourite. There are some complex arrangments in this one and some tamer vocals which are refreshing. "Control And Resistance" features lots of riffs and a cool guitar solo after 4 minutes. The vocals are really good after 6 minutes. "Hidden Instincts" is pedal to the metal all the way with a scorching guitar solo. "Life Cycles" is almost mellow with vocals that are "normal" at times. Good song. "Dangerous Toys" hits the ground running with some great bass. By the way Doug Keyser is one of the best bass players I have ever heard. Lots of riffage and mayhem. Some intricate and blazing guitar as well. Ron Jarzombek is such an amazing guitarist, and i'm going to check out his work on SPASTIC INK.

And all you metal heads need to check out this "out of control" release, it's a piece of Metal history.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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