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LABIRINTO D'ACQUA

Yugen

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.86 | 48 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This music is not for the faint of heart as YUGEN offers up some complex, challanging music that Avant fans will love. There are 14 musicians listed as taking part in this recording as bands like STORMY SIX, THINKING PLAGUE, PRESENT and others are represented. I found it interesting that the former guitarist for the now disbanded THE NIGHT WATCH is one of the main composers of this work.

"Severe Reprimande" is less than a minute long and fills the air with piano melodies. "Catacresi" changes tempos at the drop of the hat. An uptempo collage of sounds comes in before settling right down 2 minutes in. "Omelette Norvegese" is just over a minute of violin and horns. "Corale Mettallurgico" is complex and wild ! These guys shift gears more than Mario Andretti did in his prime. There is a spacey and haunting atmosphere 4 minutes in and the song ends with keys and mellotron. "Danse Chirassee (Periode Grecque)" made me say "What the heck ?!" "Brachilogia" is "What the heck ?!" to begin with. This is bombastic and controlled choas. I think they need a new transmission by now ! "La Mosca Stregata" is less than a minute of eerie and haunting sounds. "Quando La Morte Mi Colse Nel Sonno" is one of my favourites. Synths and drums lead the way to start with. 3 minutes in we get some flute before you would think you were listening to a horror movie soundtrack. The mellotron is incredible here ! Drums,synths and mellotron really lead the way on this the longest track on the record.

"Skellotron 003" seems like a tip of the hat to MORTE MACABRE as it is a mellotron storm. "Le Rovine Circolari" is the third fantastic song in a row ! This one is heavy and dark with percussion and mellotron before drums come in as the pace picks up.These guys have to be from another planet. The last minute of the song is pastoral. "Anastomosi" is a short song of various sounds. "Danze Corazzate" opens with outbreaks of drums and violin as piano arrives 2 minutes in. Mellotron and various sounds follow as well as heavy drums. "Labirinto D'Acqua" is another short tune with slow paced piano and violin melodies. The final song "Incubi Concentrici" opens with piano melodies as drums come in before a minute as the tempo picks up speed.The drums stop as the violin becomes more prominant with piano. Flute comes in 2 1/2 minutes in.

As both Avestin and Syzygy have mentioned this is for the adventerous listener who likes some variety. Thanks to Avestin for another great recommendation.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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