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4 stars Let's sink into these loonies world!

Pseudo Sentai is a truly interesting project whose music has no boundaries, in fact, I wouldn't dare to label their style because they are so eclectic, so in moments we listen to rock, electronic, avant-garde and even some catchier and poppier sounds. Now in this 2016 the band has released a new interesting album entitled Enter The Sentai, with eleven tracks that take us once again through a eperimental journey of original compositions that require open minds and maybe a special mood, because these guys always know how to surprise us with their songs. By the way, I would like to thank the same Greg Murphy for introducing me to this album some days before its official release.

Tracks 1 and 2 go together: 'Intro & Enter The Sentai'. Here we can immediately appreciate the band's energy and that personal style that in fact does not remind me of anyone else, it is a pure Pseudo/Sentai sound. I like the vocals a lot, they seem to be two singers at the same time, and well, the music is powerful, kind of metall-ish but without being metal. 'Desert Dessert' (The Fever) is an enigmatic track whose first seconds are calmer but full of tension, later it becomes heavier, rockier for moments, introducing wonderful bass lines and a great guitar solo, as well as a great vocal game.

The songs average lenght here goes from 2 to 6 minutes, these are 'short' songs regarding progressive rock, but well, I repeat, this band just make great music without boundaries and stereotypes. One of the long tracks comes with 'The Code Ocean'; another loony track that brings again energy and power that is greatly acompannied by a mellotron-like background. These kind of songs might appeal to some zeuhl and avant-garde fans, I'm afraid. 'Adaptive Manipulator (I Have No Mouth)' has a soft post-rockish beginning, however later it murphs introducing wonderful metal-like drums. I love the music, so complex but at the same time easy to dig (if you are in the mood) with some interesting changes giving us a rollercoaster of emotions in where you can enjoy from intempestive, powerful passages to relaxing ones. This is one of my favorite tracks here, greatly complemented by that mellotron sound.

The craziness at its best comes with 'Belle of the Cabal', which could be labelled as a rock metal song, a vertiginous one. 'Crowd of the Crow King' is a shorter track that continues with that heavy sound that gets us closer to metal, all the track by the way, let us know how trained and talented the musicians are. 'The Man / The Mill / The Machina' is a great track but its style reminds me of some emo- core bands, which doesn't mean I don't like it, but is another example of how eclectic they are.

'The Empyre (Rome 2.0)' is the longest composition, and I love the work of all the guys, great and addictive bass lines, dynamic guitar notes and powerful drums, as well as the great voices. Despite the short lenght of the songs, they manage to deliver to the listener several changes so the journey delight us with loads of nuances, textures and emotions. 'Baron Wasteland (The Sultan of Sulfur)' has a wonderful guitar work, addictive and entertaining at the same time. In moments the vocals remind me of Gentle Giant. This is how Pseudo/Sentai are, unpredictable but always interesting. The last track is 'Werewolf Casey' which is the one that better represents the hard rock style on this album at least on its introduction. Later it becomes more and more interesting and powerful once again. A great song to finish this cool album!

Another thing I would like to point out is that Enter The Sentai can be downloaded with the 'name your price' mode through Pseudo/Sentai's bandcamp, so please go and have a feast of original music.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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