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MANNSVERK

The Brimstone Solar Radiation Band

 

Crossover Prog

3.71 | 28 ratings

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3 stars Hailing from Norway, Brimstone is the embodiment of the modern desire for retro. Sometimes this is a bad thing, but here it's perfect. Basically they're straight up prog/psych and have nailed down the grooves and instrument sounds to a tee, perhaps even going beyond retro in a postmodern sense. Where they tack on their bit of modern flavor is in the vocals, which end up being a bit on the sloppy indie side for my tastes, but oh well, the whole of the sound is still phenomenal. Early on, "Rubberlegged Man" caught my attention with its intro that tosses in some non-conventionality with tuned percussion battling against distorted guitar before diving into a swirl of vintage textures driven by Mellotron, Hammond, and chorusy guitars. "Voodoo" met my fancy with some psych meets folksy organ while "Flaming Lips at Ankle Height" nailed this thick, dirty sound on the intro melody that was absolutely delightful, apart from capitalizing on delicious grooves and a silly song title. Finally, "This is the Universe" goes to great lengths to sound retro with its decrepit piano part over a latin-esque feel in the middle, but what really grabbed me was the bombast of the tron choir followed by gritty guitars. In the end, this is a catchy, even dancy piece full of drum and bass that really grooves. If there's one last thing that needs to be mentioned its that Brimstone is all about MELODY. Wow, this band really knows how to walk that line of being catchy, melodic, and bouncy without ever leaving you feeling that they are resorting to cheap pop tricks. Well played.
Progulator | 3/5 |

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