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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars While this may be less complex and adventerous than their "L'Araignee-Mal" record (this one is more Symphonic and melodic) , I still really enjoyed my time with "Tertio" a lot. In fact the first two tracks and the last two songs(4 out of 6) I would rate as excellent. It's pretty cool as well that Stella Vander and Lisa Deluxe from MAGMA are singing background vocals on this record.

"Paris C'est Fini" features really crisp and precise drumming to open the album. Vocals a minute in and lots of spacey synths. This is quite catchy. Some melancholic guitar before 4 minutes as drums pound and synths wash. "Les Dieux Meme..." features a dark,drifting sound with vocal melodies. Lots of synths as drums pound. The vocals here remind me so much of Fish when he was with MARILLION as the piano plays. Beautiful soaring guitar 6 1/2 minutes in and again the spacey synths are all over this one. "Gae Lowe(Le Duel Part 1 & 2)" opens with GENESIS-like synths as drums beat. Waves of synths as vocals arrive a minute in. Lots of tempo shifts in this one.

"Le Cerf Volant" opens with the sound of wind blowing as reserved vocals come in. More spacey synths and a full sound after a minute. The contrast continues. The vocals become passionate after 4 minutes with some aggressive guitar to follow. "Tunnel Part I" really grew on me. Banks-like synths are prominant. Guitar before 2 minutes. It even gets a little funky and the singer is having fun. Some nice drum work late. "Tunnel Part II" opens with spacey synths as sleepy vocals come in. Drums 2 minutes in as the sound builds. Waves of synths. Christian solos away on his Gibson guitar 4 1/2 minutes in. It goes on and on. Nice. Vocal melodies to end it.

Tszirmay told me this was fairly dark and he knew I would like it. He was right. "L'Araignee-Mal" is still my favourite from them.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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