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CHARYBDIS

October Equus

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.74 | 28 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars First of all check out Avestin's excellent review of this album not only to see what the concept is about, but because it's a really good review. I'll try to describe the music. I should mention that their previous album was a much more powerful album than this and much better for my tastes as well. It did remind me of "Heresie" at times. In fact I played it on Halloween this year in my foyer where the kids would come to the door to get their treats. This latest album from them is still great though and a solid 4 stars.

"Architeuthis Dux" hits the ground running with some excellent organ.The sax comes in. The keyboard style here reminds me of PRESENT.The tempo slows after 2 1/2 minutes with organ and angular guitar. Sax follows. Great start to the album. "Frozen Sea" is the longest track at almost 7 1/2 minutes and it's rather eerie to start with as the organ slowly plays. Drums a minute in and sax after 2 minutes. A change before 3 minutes and we get some chunky bass a minute after that. Great sound as there is so much going on including the angular guitar. "Trylobites" has a jazzy vibe to it and it has a dark atmosphere as well. Interesting song to say the least. "Fata Morgana" has some incredible growly bass with piano then angular guitar. Sax after a minute with synths. Powerful organ follows. "Unknown Pilot" reminds me of ANEKDOTEN in the beginning. We get a haunting soundscape after 2 minutes that's quite intense. The tension is relieved before 3 minutes.

"Forgotten Sirens" features some great organ as the drums come in. Angular guitar starts to make some noise after a minute. Nice. Huge bass lines too. "Abyssal" is dark with organ. Angular guitar before 2 minutes followed by drums and sax which start to lead the way. "Thera" features more angular guitar and fat bass. This is dark too. "Niarsek" features what sounds like harmonium and synths. A fuller sound before 2 1/2 minutes as organ and drums start to dominate. It ends as it began in a creepy way. Haha. "Charybdis" features drums, angular guitar and organ.The tempo picks up and sax joins the fray around 2 minutes. Organ and angular guitar lead the way in this one. "Helgoland" is led by sax until the piano takes over. Some bells too.

For those who like this style of music you should really check these guys out..

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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