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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. I read an interview with the bass player Fabio who was asked If you could tour with 2 current bands of your choice who would you pick ? He said SYMPHONY X and KAMELOT. I think if your familiar with those two bands you will have a good idea of what kind of music is on PATHOSRAY's debut album.This record is at times bone crushing heavy and at other times very beautiful. More of the former though. A lot more. Haha. If this is the future of metal then the future is extremely bright. I'm going to run out of adjectives for this one. The singer Marco has such a vocal range from crystal clear to Bruce Dickinson at his most aggressive. Lots of double bass drumming, as well as heavy bass work from Fabio. Some beautiful keyboard work from Gianpaolo, and Luca shreds with the best of them on guitar.

"Free Of Doubt" is filled with beautiful piano melodies ending with synths that blend into "Faded Crystals". The synths are completely crushed by a punishing soundscape of heavy drums and bass while the piano plays over top. Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in as chunky bass accompanies,his voice starts to get angry. It mellows out somewhat with soaring vocals. The heaviness returns before more tasteful vocals with piano take over including a soaring guitar solo followed by a synth solo. The contrast of heavy and light continues. "Lines To Follow" hits the ground running but settles down with heavy bass. This contrast continues. Check out the drumming before a minute. Vocals are very Dickinson-like here. This is a good one. The background synths are a nice touch. This guy can sure sing. Lots of bottom end thanks to the killer bass work. The guitar is ripping it up. "Scent Of Snow" opens with a nice melodic soundscape before aggressive guitar comes in firing. It calms down when vocals come in. When he stops singing the guitar with deep bass take over. This contrast continues. This is a very accessible tune.

"Sorrow Never Dies" is dark,heavy and atmospheric to begin with. Reserved vocals come in.The bass is fat. The song becomes fuller 1 1/2 minutes in. Some powerful guitar 3 1/2 minutes in followed by a synth solo. Ripping guitar 6 minutes in, and check out the screaming vocals a couple of minutes later. "The Sad Game" is the longest track and my second favourite.This one is out of control. GARDEN WALL's Alessandro Seravalle chips in with vocals. Actually you could say he spits out the lyrics like a mad man. This is crushingly heavy,a wall of sound. The drummer and bass player stomp all over the soundscape,while the guitarist clears the way with his axe. "In Salicis Umbra" gives us time to recover after the last song. This is ballad-like with reserved vocals and piano. Good song. "Strange Kind Of Energy" opens with drums and bass. This is a pretty straight forward tune with vocals that remind me of Tate at times. The guitar breaks away before 4 minutes and sounds like IRON MAIDEN. "Emerald City" is a perfect way to end the album. This one is dark and heavy at times while at other times it brightens. For me this is the best vocal display on the whole album. The way he changes his tone is amazing. This is my favourite song on the album by the way. He sings with such passion on this one.

A must have for all you metal-heads. This is my favourite Metal album from 2007 along with RIVERSIDE's "Second Life Syndrome".

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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