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Mekhlin

 

Crossover Prog

3.05 | 3 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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3 stars A killer teaser that leaves an itching for an album...

This debut disc from Danish proggers Mekhlin is a brilliant blend of influences and makes for a very refreshing listen, even if it is very short. The band is a great mix of things include some wonderful blues inspired riffs, especially in the concise Still, My Sweet Baby and the slightly longer Lust. The album also features a great new female lead in the progressive scene in the form of singer Bitten Toft Pederson whose voice is both soothing and unnerving, serene and accusing. While the EP doesn't feature any drawn out pomp epics it certainly shows the capability to expand into such territory if the band had the desire to do so. Impressive solos from Rasmus Jes Petersen throughout, and especially nearing the end of Lust , show a great talent ready to emerge. The drumming section is great throughout, and combined with an R&B (the good kind, not the modern kind) type bass playing the rhythm section is able to stay well afloat.

By no surprise the most accomplished song on the album is also the longest. In This Alone is quite an amazing track! Shouting vocal parts from Pederson make for spine chilling moments and the almost System of a Down-like subtle guitar plucking gives way to the faster and more impressive sections of the song without much worry. The melodies in this song are fantastic, and while the band still stays to the ''hard-progressive-blues'' side of things the song sometimes becomes as lush as something Yes could have done in their glory days.

The only unfortunate part about the EP is just that, it's only an EP. Still, this is a great sign of things to come, and don't be surprised if soon from now you'll hearing more about this band - it's certainly one to keep your eye on. This EP is excellent if you have 20-minutes to spare and need something to fill that gap, it's powerful and nabs your attention, certainly a good sign of things to come. 3 grasping hands out of 5 for a very good kick off. Very much looking forward to a full studio release.

Queen By-Tor | 3/5 |

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