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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is THRESHOLD's third studio album and in my opinion the best out of the three. Damian Wilson is back and sounding better than i've ever heard him before.

"Exposed" opens with riffs, blistering guitar and synths galore before we even get to the vocals 2 minutes in. Actually there are also loops used by the band for the first time at the start of this tune. This is a great intro track. "Somatography" features samples in this slower paced intro as vocals then come in. There are outbursts of machine gun-like drumming and after 2 minutes we're really cooking with a great crunchy sound. They go back to the slow paced melody of the intro 4 minutes in as the guitar cries out in pain. They are kicking it again 5 minutes in. The band notes that Damian hit his highest ever note (a top F sharp) on the chorus of this song. "Eat The Unicorn" is my favourite song. A 10 minute masterpiece. I love the way the tempo increases and decreases.The guitar solos are mind bending and the vocals are amazing. There is a nice mellow passage 7 minutes in. "Forever" features piano and reserved vocals which spells ballad. There is some crunch 2 minutes in as well as some soaring guitar a minute later.

"Vital Isolation" has these heavy riffs that come and go but they're mostly coming. I like the way the keys and guitars trade solos. The choir that sings the word "virtuality" is made up of 80 voices tracked up together, including 64 Damians ! "The Whispering" has an even heavier soundscape as keys come in. The song lightens and this contrast continues. "Lake Of Despond" is my second favourite song on the album. It's essentually part two of the song "Days Of Dearth" from "Wounded Land". It opens with the wind blowing. This song is like riding a slow, heavy, thunderous wave of sound. They tuned down their guitars for a darker sound on this one. This is also one of the few THRESHOLD songs that fades out to end it. "Clear" is piano, acoustic guitar and vocals. "Life Flow" is as catchy and as heavy as hell ! Crunchy guitars and again a darker sound with some great keyboard work. "Part Of The Chaos" is my number three favourite tune. It starts quietly but that doesn't last long. There is some amazing guitar from Karl Groom on this the longest track on the album.

This is a solid 4 star album where the previous album "Psychedelicatessin" was just barely a 4 star album.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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