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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This was the toughest MAGMA record for me to get into, although now I have to wonder why. Although I agree with Syzygy that the last three tracks more than make up for what was originally a tough first half for me. This almost seems like a Vander solo album, even to the point of dominating the lead vocal parts.

"The Last Seven Minutes" is a good start as drums, bass and piano lead the way. The vocal melodies are enjoyable and Vander's high vocal sounds become more prominant in that department. His drumming though is outstanding to say the least. "Spiritual" sounds like one of those gospel "revival" songs with the backup singing and everything. It's short and kind of fun though. "Rind" features piano melodies and vocals throughout. Vander is again the dominate force vocally with those higher pitched melodies. I can't help but smile. "Liriik Necronomicus Kanht" is uptempo with impressive vocal sounds to open. Actually the bass is the most impressive part. Vander comes in per usual 1 1/2 minutes in vocally. The bass and drums shine.

"Maahnt" features Blasquiz on lead vocals finally. The instrumental work is fantastic ! Widemann comes in with some great piano work. Trumpet blasts follow. The bass and drumming are unrelenting. "Dondai" is slower paced with piano. Drums, bass and vocals fill out the sound. This one is my second favourite. Good to hear the female vocal melodies. Blasquiz and Vander share the lead vocals. Great sound. Some trumpet ? 4 1/2 minutes in. "Nono" features incredible male and female vocals. This is my favourite. This one gets intense to the point you think something has to give. Zeuhl at it's finest. Some trumpet followed by clarinet. The vocals though are the focus and they do not disappoint one bit.

The last 3 songs are killer and i've grown to appreciate the earlier ones. Hey did you notice the sunglasses on the two guys on the cover ? Safety pins ?

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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