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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I'm not normally a big fan of music that is very fast and starts and stops on a dime. This reminds me of some of those Japanese bands that play in this style, and while it's impressive it's not that enjoyable for me. POIL also features vocals and multi-vocals that also go a million miles an hour as we get these chanting and singing acrobatics. The thing is that this band not only impresses me with their abilities to do this but it is actually enjoyable for me for the most part. While these guys are French I do keep hearing English words at times that are vulgar and maybe this isn't surprising given the art work that looks like a picture of an orgy and I understand the title is in reference to a rather loose woman.

"Fionosphere" opens with strange sounds before we hear yelling and shouting as the music kicks in with drums leading the way. A calm before it starts to build 2 1/2 minutes in. Love the sound here at 3 minutes, so much going on. Deep Zeuhl-like vocals after 3 1/2 minutes join in before the complex instrumental workouts return. Contrasts continue. Insanity before 6 minutes and some crazy vocals before 8 minutes before those Zeuhl- like vocals return late. An intense ending to this one. "Introklitt" is a short piece with bizarre sounds and vocals. "Brossaklitt" has some nice guitar in the intro before these crazy vocals take over. Some powerful instrumental sections are contrasted with the vocal/drum passages. "Patachou" opens with the vocals and intruments starting and stopping on a dime. So impressive. It then settles into a powerful groove with so much going on. Vocals are back and to my ears there's a Japanese vibe going on. Zeuhlish vocal sections come and go as well. A powerful sound before 5 minutes then back to the insanity. After 8 1/2 minutes you'd think the apocalypse has begun. "MAO" is different from the rest as we get this dance-like beat and an 80's New Wave sound with manipulated vocals. Quite catchy and full of energy until a calm arrives before 2 1/2 minutes but it doesn't last long.

"Goddog" has this complex and avant-garde instrumental work to start and it is difficult to get into until the vocals arrive and it settles down. These contrasts will continue. Distortion galore to end it. "Dins O Klitt" is short and dark with weird sounds and samples. "Pikiwa" opens with electric piano-like sounds that come and go before these insane vocal arrangements join in. A calm 2 minutes in as deep Zeuhl-like vocals arrive almost humming like "Aummmmm" over and over. Love when the drums kick in before 3 1/2 minutes then electric piano and more as the vocals shout. Man this grooves 6 1/2 minutes in as the guitar screams, this continues until just before 11 minutes then it turns even more insane. "La Balade Des Minouchoux" ends this album and it sounds almost normal with electric piano and picked guitar but even this has some crazy time signatures. Drums join in as these intricate sounds seem to be randomly played. It's more powerful before 3 minutes. So impressive!

I have to give this 4.5 stars just for the imagination of this band and their lights-out playing. Sure they sound like they might belong in a mental hospital of sorts and were allowed out to record this but if your into complex avant-garde music played at a high tempo you need to hear this.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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