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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars XANG are an instrumental band from France who were introduced to me by tszirmay.They have included a little written blurb (about life) for each song making this a concept album of sorts.The synths on the first two songs really dominate the sound at times, which didn't impress me much, but the guitar really takes over the rest of the way thankfully.

"The Revelation" opens with synths galore for 2 minutes before we get cooking with drums and guitar and they sound incredible. A nice heavy sound follows then more synths. Well, they've made it abundantly clear with this first song that they sure know how to play ! "Misgivings" has a nice mellow intro before the guitarist fires off some energetic solos. Synths start to dominate until we are treated to some beautiful guitar melodies. The drumming gets pretty heavy. "My Own Truth" is one of my favs. I love the drumming with the guitar playing over the top. Some heaviness after 3 minutes, this guy can sure play guitar. The song fades out.

"The Prediction" opens with keys as some tasteful guitar comes in. The song really builds to a powerful melody before it stops and rebuilds to a fast paced synth led song. "The Dream" features piano melodies throughout. "Bitterness" is another highlight. An uptempo tune with synths and drums dominating. The mellow passages are excellent with some good guitar. It gets very pastoral after 6 minutes. Beautiful. It sounds like mellotron before guitar takes over. "The Choice" is an excellent guitar driven track.The guitarist lets it rip as the tempo speeds up with drums and synths following. Great tune. "The Light" opens with organ.The guitar is like ear candy it's so well done. There is a gap of silence before the song ends with some spacey sounds.

I thoroughly enjoyed this album especially the guitar playing. Favourites are "My Own Truth" , "Bitterness" and "The Choice".

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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