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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars PLACKBAND formed in 1977 and had some success in their home country of The Netherlands but broke up in 1982. They reformed in 1999 and released this particular album "After The Battle".

"The Battle" opens with gentle guitar and synths before the music stops and we can hear the sounds of war going on. Drums and synths start to take over, and we get some nice guitar 2 1/2 minutes in. More sounds of a battle to end it. "After The Battle" is the longest track at 11 minutes. Synths build as raw guitar melodies take over until we have a full sound. Synths are prominant. This sounds really good actually. Mellotron samples after 2 1/2 minutes. Vocals arrive for the first time on the record 3 minutes in. Guitar solo 6 1/2 minutes in. Lots of mellotron after 10 minutes as the sound gets heavier, but the most mellotron rolls in to end the song. "See The Dwarf" opens with drums and synths. Guitar after a minute as drums and vocals follow. More synths later. "Sleeping Warriors" sounds like orchestral sounds and synths. "End Of The Line" features nice solid drumming throughout. Vocals a minute in. Mellotron after 3 minutes and the guitar that follows sounds great. Some crazy synths to end it.

"Death And Lost Glory" is less then a minute of what sounds like flute, gentle guitar and synths. "Ghost Town" opens with a catchy synth / drum melody. Vocals then mellotron that comes and goes. "The Hunchback" is my favourite track on here. It's a pleasant, mid-paced tune with vocals, drums and synths standing out. Bass 3 minutes in is prominant. Mellotron before 6 minutes. Piano comes in as the melody changes a little. Guitar before 8 minutes. Passionate vocals and mellotron end it. "Sign Of The Knife" features more orchestration early. Great sound 1 1/2 minutes in as the guitar lets go. Synths then take over as the bass throbs. It gets a little heavy after 5 minutes. "There Come The Warlords" is mellow to begin with. Some orchestration follows. A heavy beat takes over as synths join in. Marching style drums to end it.

I should mention that Andy from PlanetMellotron believes the mellotron on this record are samples. The orchestration passages I believe are also samples. Good album, but nothing special.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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